Barbara Nelson

Barbara built many of the systems and technologies you use every day. As an early employee at General Magic, Barbara caught the startup bug, then went on to be a key technical leader at Extricity, Peregrine Systems, and iPass. She was a major contributor into the WISPr standard, now used for Wi-Fi networks around the world. She built the largest Wi-Fi roaming network for business travellers and now she’s building the largest Wi-Fi network for connected products. She also brings a female perspective to a great startup team!

Recent Posts

February 28, 2018 10: 39 AM Published by Barbara Nelson

Using Bluetooth for Wi-Fi Onboarding

At Cirrent, we work with a ton of WiFi connected products. In this experience, we see how a lot of companies approach Wi-Fi Onboarding. We’ve discussed..

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November 09, 2017 08: 14 AM Published by Barbara Nelson

Cirrent’s ZipKey App Now Available in the Apple App Store

Many of you have asked for a better way to show the user experience of ZipKey and better tools to test your ZipKey-enabled products. We’ve decided to..

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October 25, 2017 07: 35 AM Published by Barbara Nelson

iOS Improvements to Wi-Fi Soft AP: Better Late than Never

It’s taken Apple nine years and eleven releases of the iOS operating system to address a significant usability problem in onboarding connected products..

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October 16, 2017 02: 11 PM Published by Barbara Nelson

Addressing the Wi-Fi KRACK Vulnerability for IoT and Connected Products

Another day, another security vulnerability.

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June 06, 2017 09: 12 AM Published by Barbara Nelson

The Challenges of Soft AP: What Goes Wrong and Why

Billions of browserless Wi-Fi products are shipped every year, and many force users to use Wi-Fi Soft AP to get the products connected to the internet...

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May 23, 2017 10: 50 AM Published by Barbara Nelson

A Matter of IoT Security

Consumers used to take security for granted. They would buy a connected product and trust they were safe - no questions asked. There was no reason to..

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April 18, 2017 08: 22 AM Published by Barbara Nelson

Blackjack or Bust: Most Wi-Fi Onboarding Approaches Are a Gamble

Choosing a Wi-Fi onboarding method for your connected product often feels like a game of blackjack.  You aim for the optimal combination of cards, but..

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February 28, 2017 04: 08 PM Published by Barbara Nelson

Scoping the Engineering Effort to ZipKey-Enable a Connected Product

As a product manager, it is your job to prioritize new product features. You may be looking at quality improvements, new features, cost reductions, and..

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February 15, 2017 02: 20 PM Published by Barbara Nelson

The End of Soft AP

Wi-Fi is great once you can connect to it, but connecting a product that doesn't have a screen or a keyboard to a Wi-Fi network is hard. Accenture..

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July 28, 2016 01: 30 AM Published by Barbara Nelson

Security and the IoT - A Product Developer’s Dilemma

Every day, there are new articles about security and connected products, and quite frankly, the more that is written, the more confusing it can get. On..

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