Passpoint

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.

Webopedia Staff
Webopedia Staff
Since 1995, more than 100 tech experts and researchers have kept Webopedia’s definitions, articles, and study guides up to date. For more information on current editorial staff, please visit our About page.

Related Articles

Software

Table of contents What is Software? History of Software Software vs. Hardware Software vs. Hardware Comparison Chart What Types of Software Exist? Saas vs....

Email Address

What is an Email Address? An email address is a designation for an electronic mailbox that sends and receives messages, known as email, on a...

Information Technology (IT) Architect

The information technology architect applies IT resources to meet specific business requirements. The role requires a high degree of technical expertise as well as...

Built-In Function

A built-in function is a function that is already available in a programming language, application, or another tool that can be accessed by end...

Geotargeting

Geotargeting is a method of delivering data or content to users based on...

Agile Project Management

Agile project management enables business teams to approach their projects and tasks with...

Private 5G Network

A private 5G network is a private local area network (LAN) that utilizes...