Xirrus has introduced a new suite of services called EasyPass, which is designed to simplify the management of mobile device connections to Wi-Fi networks by minimising IT involvement.
EasyPass streamlines device onboarding for employees and guests by cutting out up to five steps in the process. The cloud hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution provides IT departments with complete control over the Wi-Fi network from a single console. Xirrus argues it also provides the only device-agnostic solution on the market that eliminates all platform dependencies.
Today, network administrators face managing the Internet of Things (IoT) on their Wi-Fi networks and Gartner estimates there will be 25 billion connected devices by 2020, up from 5 billion today.
This huge growth in traffic has already not only severely stressed Wi-Fi networks, but also the IT administrators who face the growing challenge of supporting, securing and managing the proliferation of these devices in their businesses.
Xirrus cites a Gartner report, Mobile Device Proliferation is Forcing Network Leaders to Redesign Enterprise Wireless LANs, (19 May 2014, refreshed June 2015) by Bjarne Munch and Christian Canales, who said: “Because there will be more devices that more frequently will be brought into the office, network designers must select solutions based on the ease of onboarding of new devices that use many Oss.”
Xirrus believes EasyPass delivers the ‘simplest, fastest onboarding process available in the market to manage any number, or type, of device on the Wi-Fi network’. It added that unlike other access solutions in the industry that are complex and require dedicated resources to manage, Xirrus EasyPass:
• Eliminates complexity and is extremely easy to install and manage
• Requires no dedicated resources or training to implement
• Comes at no additional cost with every XMS-Cloud subscription
• Lowers installation costs and integration requirements via a cloud-hosted solution
• Works across all platforms and operating systems regardless of device.
The EasyPass suite of services includes three modules:
Provides device-independent secure access for known users such as employees or students and ensures each user’s connection is individually secured, eliminating the shared keys used on many Wi-Fi networks that expose them to compromise.
Allows users to self-register without any IT assistance, and delivers fast and easy Wi-Fi access for anyone that wants to connect from anywhere, on any device.
Enables guest access with pre-created voucher codes to ensure greater control over who receives Wi-Fi access and for what duration.
“Users expect to connect anywhere, anytime without waiting. It’s no longer enough to simply provide Wi-Fi – today, connecting must be fast, easy and secure,” said Bruce Miller, vice president of product marketing at Xirrus.
“EasyPass addresses the pain points IT departments face due to the growing number of disparate devices on their Wi-Fi networks. Xirrus is the only Wi-Fi vendor to provide secure, device-independent Wi-Fi access with the simplest way to connect.”