Broadcoms SecureEZSetup Guards Consumer WLANs
Addressing the absence of security on home networksa real concern for many enterprise IT managersthe company introduces a tool that eliminates the need to manually enter network settings.Chipmaker Broadcom Corp. on Monday announced a software tool designed to attack the problem of security on home wireless LANs by eliminating the need to manually enter network settings. At the same time, the Irvine, Calif.-based company said it would update its 54g chipset to increase the range of 802.11g products by as much as 30 percent. The vast majority of consumer WLANsmore than 80 percent, according to Broadcomhave no security, meaning that enterprise users are likely to be exposing their data to the world when they access the Internet via Wi-Fi at home. Most WLAN hardware is designed to work out of the box with security turned off, in order to make connecting as simple as possible.
Broadcoms new software, called SecureEZSetup, takes a different tack, turning security on by default but making setup almost fully automatic. Users enter the answers to two questions, such as their birth date and pets name, and the setup tool does the rest, configuring the hardwares Service Set Identifier (SSID) and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security, registering the PC on the network and installing WPA keys on both the PC and access point.