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    Passpoint, also known as Hotspot 2.0, is a Wi-Fi Alliance protocol that discovers and authenticates Wi-Fi hotspots for accessing the internet. It streamlines network access in Wi-Fi hotspots and eliminates finding and authenticating a network each time a user connects. It’s based on the IEEE 802.11u standard for interworking with external networks.

    Passpoint provides the ability for your device to connect to available Passpoint-certified Wi-Fi hotspots automatically. This provides better bandwidth to users and relieves carrier infrastructure of traffic.

    Passpoint features

    Passpoint provides features for security, flexibility, and simple deployment such as:

    • Automatic discovery and selection
    • Roaming between hotspots
    • Single SSID online sign-up
    • Operator-specific policies
    • Enterprise-level security for SIM and non-SIM devices alike

    Passpoint benefits

    There are multiple benefits to using Passpoint:

    • Public hotspots are easier to identify and more secure. For example, your device will automatically connect to the real public airport Wi-Fi without having to manually test multiple networks
    • Network providers can become partners with other providers, meaning hotspot locations are more prevalent.
    • Passpoint networks require enterprise-grade WPA2 encryption, meaning security is more than that of open Wi-Fi networks.

    How to use Passpoint networks

    Passpoint is supported in the latest version of Windows 10, macOS 10.9 or newer, Android 6.0 or newer, and iOS 7 or newer.

    To connect, simply open the list of nearby Wi-Fi networks on your device and connect to the Passpoint-certified option. Once done, your device will automatically connect to affiliated Passpoint networks in the future.