More Wi-Fi onboarding choices and what it means for you (and your engineering team)

Published by Samantha Wheatley March 07, 2019

We talk to a lot of product manufacturers that make all sorts of connected products and all of them have grappled with Wi-Fi.

Engineers developing connected products spend an inordinate of time thinking about Wi-Fi. Instead of focusing on product features, security, or customer experience, developers are spending countless cycles trying to figure out how to get their product connected and stay connected.

Companies whose first product was a connected one are generally better versed in the complexities of enabling connectivity. And many companies who have existing (unconnected) product lines and have recently introduced connected versions or new connected products can really struggle.

In either case, product managers and engineers do not want to spend their time figuring out how to make Wi-Fi better for their products, but rather how to leverage the Internet to deliver awesome product features and services that improve the lives of their customers.

But it’s very complicated. From choosing a Wi-Fi chip to figuring out Wi-Fi onboarding technology or technologies that they will use, there are lots of choices and lots of work to be done.

In 2018, new standards and Wi-Fi onboarding technologies were introduced.

  • How do you choose which is right for your connected product? (And what if you choose incorrectly?)
  • Do you implement more than one Wi-Fi onboarding technology?
  • How do you make the user experience simple while accommodating legacy products with legacy onboarding methodologies?
  • How do the device and app choose which process to use?
  • Do the hardware requirements allow you to do so?
  • How much is it going to cost and how much engineering time is it going to take?

Lots of decisions to make and a lot of work associated with those decisions. And no one wants to push back product launch date because connectivity isn’t solved.

We’ve re-written our guide to Wi-Fi onboarding technologies to include the recent updates including Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi Easy Connect and Amazon Wi-Fi Simple Setup. Download it now for free!

Cirrent provides a holistic Wi-Fi Provisioning solution that allows your team to focus on what matters to your customers.  Using Cirrent, one integration gives you all the Wi-Fi onboarding technologies of your choosing, keeps your products up to date as Wi-Fi evolves, and gives your customers the best user experience. Contact us to learn more.

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