CC3100 & CC3200 Provisioning Features

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Wi-Fi provisioning is the process of connecting a new Wi-Fi device (station) to a Wi-Fi network. The provisioning process involves loading the station with the network name (often referred to as SSID) and its security credentials. The Wi-Fi security standard distinguishes between personal security, mostly used in homes and businesses, and Enterprise security, used in large offices and campuses. Provisioning a station for Enterprise security usually involves installing a certificate, which is validated periodically by a security server managed by the IT department. Personal Wi-Fi security, on the other hand, needs to be handled by end users at home, and it simply involves typing a pre-defined password.

TI's SimpleLink Wi-Fi Family offers the most flexibility with provisioning options. The CC3100 (Wireless Network Processor) and CC3200 (Wireless MCU) support Access Point Mode, WPS, TI's SmartConfig Technology and more options to come. This wiki will point you to resources and more detail on these provisioning options.

Date Description Link
2014 White Paper: Wi-Fi provisioning on IoT applications SWRY011

Demonstration from SDKs

Access Point Mode with Wi-Fi Starter Pro

The new AP Provisioning Release is TI's recommended provisioning method for new designs.

The SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® Starter Pro mobile App is a new mobile application for SimpleLink provisioning. It goes along with the embedded provisioning library and example that runs on the device side. The new provisioning release is TI recommendation for Wi-Fi provisioning using SimpleLink Wi-Fi products. It implements advanced AP mode provisioning along with feedback and fallback options to ensure successful process has been accomplished. Customers can use both embedded library and the mobile library for integration to their end products.

Smart Config

The application demonstrates how to associate/connect CC31xx/CC32xx to any access point using TI's unique solution.

Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is the only industry standard available today for provisioning of headless

NoteNote: The high level white paper guides the architect on the various provisioning methods, and things to consider when selecting the method to implement in the end user product. CC3100\CC3200 SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® Network Processor Subsystem Programmers Guide has a section on Provisioning discussion how the methods work