With the ongoing Internet of Things (IoT) revolution, new devices can now be wirelessly connected to a home network and to the cloud. However, headless devices with no keypads or touchscreens such as garage door openers, home appliances, thermostats and treadmills remain complicated to connect to a Wi-Fi network. In response Texas Instruments (TI) has developed a solution to address these challenges with its latest SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 module.
The self-contained module features the unique SmartConfig technology, a Wi-Fi configuration process developed by TI that allows multiple in-home devices without displays to connect to a Wi-Fi network via a smartphone or tablet. The CC3000 module supports service discovery applications on phones, tablets and PCs using Bonjour zero-configuration networking technology, making it easier for consumers to identify and manage networked devices. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 module is compatible with low-cost, low-memory microcontroller (MCU) systems.
“The need to easily connect display-less devices to the wireless network has become a barrier to wide deployment of connected-home products,” said Gil Reiter, marketing director, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, TI. “With TI’s SmartConfig technology, ODMs can reduce the complexity of consumers’ in-home provisioning through a simple Wi-Fi setup application for smartphones or tablets that gets a SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000-enabled device on the network with just one click. Once devices are connected, the consumer’s experience gets even better with intuitive service discovery capabilities that allow for easy device control and monitoring.”