Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh™ delivers intelligent Wi-Fi® networks

Industry harmonized solution now available for simple to use, self-organizing, smart Wi-Fi networks

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| Source: Wi-Fi Alliance

AUSTIN, Texas, May 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wi-Fi Alliance® introduces Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh™, bringing efficient, self-organizing networks that deliver a broad footprint of uniform Wi-Fi® service. Built on the promise of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™, Wi-Fi EasyMesh™ delivers a standards-based approach to deploying adaptable networks comprised of multiple access points from different vendors, extending uniform Wi-Fi coverage and enhancing performance throughout a larger service area than is possible with a single access point. Wi-Fi EasyMesh allows users and service providers to select interoperable devices across different brands to ensure fast, wide, and reliable Wi-Fi coverage.

Wi-Fi EasyMesh technology coordinates multiple access points into a unified and intelligent Wi-Fi network that autonomously aids all areas of the home to have complete Wi-Fi coverage. Access points organize themselves and establish high-performance Wi-Fi network connectivity with minimal effort required by the user. After the initial simple setup, Wi-Fi EasyMesh monitors network conditions and self-adapts as needed. Wi-Fi EasyMesh guides smartphones, tablets, and other user devices to the optimal access point, enabling a seamless experience, even when moving throughout the home. Wi-Fi EasyMesh networks accommodate a greater selection of devices across brands and are also extensible, making it easy for users to introduce new Wi-Fi EasyMesh access points into their network. Wi-Fi EasyMesh access points today will maintain interoperability with future Wi-Fi EasyMesh networks, providing an enhanced user experience for years to come.

“Wi-Fi EasyMesh offers both service providers and Wi-Fi users a consistent approach to multiple AP solutions," said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi Alliance is delivering a standardized solution to a market-leading product category enabling a strong ecosystem for interoperable, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices.”

Wi-Fi EasyMesh is a Wi-Fi Alliance certification program focused on access points. User devices also experience the benefits of Wi-Fi EasyMesh networks, which deliver a consistent level of interoperability between access points and client devices. Other benefits of a Wi-Fi CERTIFIED solution include assurances of Wi-Fi security and accepted protocols, as well as a dependable experience with Wi-Fi EasyMesh setup and management regardless of vendor. Service providers that deploy Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh access points in homes can increase customer satisfaction with their Wi-Fi service. Further, Wi-Fi EasyMesh networks enable customers to seamlessly add an appropriate number of Wi-Fi EasyMesh access points to provide necessary full home coverage.

Wi-Fi EasyMesh is the latest in a growing Wi-Fi Alliance technology portfolio that improves the Wi-Fi user experience. Recently launched Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design can leverage Wi-Fi EasyMesh networks in their Wi-Fi CERTIFIED floor plans as another method to deliver integrated, uniform whole home coverage. Wi-Fi EasyMesh networks utilize mechanisms from Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Agile Multiband™, and user devices certified for these capabilities will experience more intelligent steering and faster network transitions for applications such as Wi-Fi calling.

"Wi-Fi Alliance is delivering a fundamental innovation for interoperability which is necessary to enable residential IoT and the connected smart home, and products would benefit greatly from being Wi-Fi CERTIFIED," said Adlane Fellah, wireless analyst, Maravedis. “Wi-Fi EasyMesh delivers a better residential Wi-Fi user experience and a standardized approach further expands an existing market and drives greater innovation among product vendors.” 

For more information on Wi-Fi EasyMesh, please visit: https://www.wi-fi.org/discover-wi-fi/wi-fi-easymesh.

Industry response to Wi-Fi EasyMesh:

“Many of the world’s leading service providers rely on AirTies’ Managed Wi-Fi Mesh solutions, including software, devices, and cloud-based performance management, so we’re always interested in participating in initiatives that serve the interests of our customers. We applaud the Wi-Fi Alliance efforts to launch a Wi-Fi EasyMesh certification program, and look forward to certifying products in the near future.” – Metin Taskin, CTO of AirTies   

“ARRIS was a core contributor to the Multi-AP standard. We’re excited about Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh™ and its capabilities for multi-vendor interoperability and Wi-Fi management. ARRIS gateway and extender products will be Wi-Fi EasyMesh certified as part of our HomeAssure™ whole home Wi-Fi solution. As we usher in these new features, we’ll continue to enhance HomeAssure by integrating new Wi-Fi management logic into the next generation of our Multi-AP Wi-Fi system.” – Ian Wheelock, Engineering Fellow at ARRIS

ASSIA is excited to expand our CloudCheck Wi-Fi management software suite which will support Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh™ devices.  Cloud-based Wi-Fi-management software for multiple access point environments delivers many benefits to service providers today in CloudCheck’s rapidly expanding global deployments.   With Wi-Fi EasyMesh, service providers can achieve the benefits of cloud-based Wi-Fi management across an interoperable, standards-based environment.” – John Cioffi, CEO, ASSIA

“The availability of Wi-Fi Easy Mesh certification will grow the available market for multiple AP solutions by enabling the multi-vendor interoperability and a common feature set which has been the foundation of Wi-Fi’s success. Broadcom has coupled its high-performance Wi-Fi silicon platforms with a Wi-Fi Easy Mesh certifiable software solution to create the Broadcom SmartMesh family of products.  With Broadcom’s SmartMesh, OEMs can accelerate their time to market for standards-compliant multiple AP products that allow service providers and consumers to deploy high-throughput Wi-Fi coverage to every corner of the home.” – Manny Patel, Senior Director of Marketing, Wireless Connectivity, Broadcom

"CableLabs has played an active role in the research and standardization process of Wi-Fi EasyMesh. With the launch of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh, consumers and operators will have the assurance of interoperability and coordination between access points for faster and more reliable Wi-Fi throughout the home.” – John Bahr, Lead Architect, Wireless R&D at CableLabs

“Mesh Wi-Fi networks are growing in popularity since they give consumers what they want - fast, reliable connectivity in all corners of the home. Implementing a standards-based approach with multi-vendor interoperability also makes them a win for service providers to drive down operational costs. We support the Wi-Fi EasyMesh effort to deliver a better consumer experience.” – WK Tan, Vice President and General Manager, Intel’s Connected Home Division

“Liberty Global is committed to delivering the best user experience to our customers through high-performance Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi EasyMesh will provide an opportunity to further improve customer satisfaction with our Wi-Fi service, and we support a standardised approach to delivering a consistent solution for multiple access point Wi-Fi networks that provide Wi-Fi coverage and capacity seamlessly throughout the home.” – Peter Joyce, Director of Connectivity CPE Architecture, Liberty Global

"Wi-Fi EasyMesh delivers a standardized mechanism for bringing self-organizing networks consisting of multiple access points. Our customers are seeking to provide a great user experience with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi EasyMesh delivers uniform, quality coverage throughout the home. Marvell is pleased to be a part of a program that standardizes access point mesh solutions so customers can develop differentiated products.” – Prabhu Loganathan, Senior Director of Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Business Unit, Marvell

“Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh brings interoperability for the industry and accelerates whole home coverage via multiple access points and routers.” – Alan Hsu, GM, Intelligent Connectivity BU, MediaTek Inc.

“Mesh technology has ushered a new era of smart home connectivity, by delivering reliable Wi-Fi throughout the home and enabling more high-quality connected experiences. Qualcomm Technologies helped initiate the home mesh networking revolution and continues to expand the capabilities of our home mesh platforms, building upon this ideal network architecture to thrill our customers and consumers alike. We are happy to be a dedicated supporter of Wi-Fi Alliance initiatives and, with the validation of this new Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi EasyMesh program, we expect further proliferation of these amazing products and enhanced experiences.” – Gopi Sirineni, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“Wi-Fi EasyMesh allows multi-vendor solutions around the house to work in harmony, which is essential for creating enhanced Wi-Fi experiences at home. We are pleased to share our experience in the area of multi-AP networking, and collaborate in Wi-Fi Alliance’s effort to define this new standards-based approach and improve mesh network operation.” – Ambroise Popper, Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Marketing, Quantenna

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