Time Warner Cable (TWC) has launched “TWCWiFi-Passpoint,” a new national WiFi network that offers enhanced security while surfing the Internet on-the-go. The new service uses powerful encryption technology to ensure customers get the same level of protection on TWC’s public WiFi network that they receive with their in-home TWC WiFi connection. Additionally, TWC is launching HotSpot 2.0 technology on most of the access points across its nationwide network, making it the largest Passpoint-enabled network in the country.
TWCWiFi-Passpoint uses the latest generation security that is enterprise-grade WPA2™ and is available for most WiFi-enabled laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The new network option is available on nearly all of TWC’s 33K+ WiFi hotspots throughout Southern California, New York City, Austin, Charlotte, Kansas City, Myrtle Beach and Hawaii. Customers with Standard Internet or above with qualified devices will be able to select the new TWCWiFi-Passpoint SSID or continue to access the TWC WiFi SSID. After connecting to TWCWiFi-Passpoint the first time, customers will then seamlessly connect to the new preferred secure network whenever in broadcast range.
“Our goal with TWCWiFi-Passpoint is to assure even our most security conscious Internet customer that it’s as safe for them to surf the Web on-the-go as it is for them to surf in their home,” said Rob Cerbone, VP Wireless Products for Time Warner Cable. “We want our qualified Internet customers to take advantage of the added value they can get with free TWC WiFi.”
With the launch of TWCWiFi-Passpoint, TWC is the largest Passpoint-enabled network in the country to date, which offers Hotspot 2.0 technology. This technology ultimately will allow for seamless roaming between WiFi networks similar to the way cellular phone users roam cellular networks. This technology is now available on many of the most popular recent mobile devices, such as iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy 4, and HTC One to name just a few. “The TWCWiFi-Passpoint network supports Hotspot 2.0 technology, which is a critical first step in setting up a seamless WiFi experience nationwide,” said Cerbone.