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GE Appliances Taps Cirrent For Seamless Wi-Fi Connections

Software spares smart appliance owners from keying in network names and passwords.

Updated! GE Appliances (GEA) is partnering with Cirrent, a unit of Cypress Semiconductor, to make it easier for consumers to connect the company’s smart majaps to their home networks.

Cirrent’s proprietary ZipKey onboarding software, developed in concert with ISPs and manufacturers, will allow end users to set up their smart GE appliances without typing in their home network name (SSID) or password, and will provide a more robust connection even if the network name or password is changed, the companies said.

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“Ease of use and reliability are critical for our customers,” said Shawn Stover, GEA’s SmartHome Solutions VP. “With Cirrent’s technology we will be able to deliver an even better user experience to our consumers, making it even easier for them to set up their Wi-Fi-enabled appliances so they can get their products connected faster and with less frustration.”

An over-the-air update is slated for the third quarter that will reach the vendor’s more than 400 Wi-Fi-connected models currently in the marketplace, while newly manufactured products will incorporate the Cirrent software beginning early next year, a GEA spokesperson told TWICE.