Secure configuration software simplifies WiFi network setup

August 06, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Econais' ProbMe WiSmart makes it possible to securely configure an entire network with a single click, addressing the problem of how an end user can securely set up and configure new devices on their network as quickly and easily as possible.

The ProbMe secure configuration software feature is available and shipping with Econais Wi-Fi Modules, Development Kits and Reference Designs. ProbMe provides an easy, fast and secure way to add new devices to a network. With ProbMe, after the user unpacks and turns on their new device, the device "quietly listens" until the user activates it - no-one else knows it is there. This helps prevent hackers from identifying and attacking new and un-configured devices.

To activate these new Wi-Fi devices, the user sends out a configuration code from their computer, tablet, laptop or smart phone. The configuration code is broadcast to all the new devices, which, after “hearing” the code, automatically configure themselves to the network. The devices are immediately connected and configured. ProbMe can activate any number of devices at one time. Hundreds of devices could be located throughout a home or office and instead of having to activate each one separately, they all can be activated and configured in just one simple step.

According to Alex Manos, CEO of Econais, “Consumers and installers say that ease of securely configuring new devices for consumer and commercial networks is a critical issue in adoption of IoT devices. ProbMe provides an embedded capability that enables a single step to securely configure 1, 10, 100, or even 1,000 devices in mere seconds.”

Multiple devices can be securely configured simultaneously and numerous commands can be implemented and customised – including customisation of security options. ProbMe currently supports commands such as “Connect to Wi-Fi network in client mode”, “Start as Wi-Fi access point” and “Connect to WPS Wi-Fi network by emulating Push Button or PIN”.

The new ProbMe software is included with the EC19D and EC19W Econais Wi-Fi Modules, Development Kits and Reference Designs, and are available through major industry distributors such as Digi-Key, at; www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/EC19D01DK/1483-1007-ND/4733089

Econais; www.econais.com/probme