Types of Wi-Fi networks

Wi-Fi® enabled BlackBerry® devices can access BlackBerry services using enterprise Wi-Fi networks, home Wi-Fi networks, or hotspots.

Type

Description

enterprise Wi-Fi networks

An enterprise Wi-Fi network has multiple wireless access points to provide ubiquitous coverage, hotspot coverage, or ubiquitous and hotspot coverage. You can use a Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry device in any coverage area.

You can configure an enterprise Wi-Fi network to require layer 2 authentication. An organization might consider an enterprise Wi-Fi network to be untrusted and require that all Wi-Fi connections to the organization's network occur through a VPN concentrator. You must configure Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry devices to support the authentication type that your organization uses.

An enterprise Wi-Fi network permits optimized access to the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server over a direct IP connection to the BlackBerry Router.

home Wi-Fi networks

A home Wi-Fi network uses a single access point to provide Internet access through a broadband gateway. The broadband gateway can implement NAT and permit VPN connections through the firewall. You can configure a home Wi-Fi network with layer 2 security and password authentication. You must configure BlackBerry devices to support the authentication that the home Wi-Fi network requires.

A home Wi-Fi network permits users to access all BlackBerry services from Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry devices using the BlackBerry® Infrastructure.

hotspots

A hotspot offered by an ISP, a mobile network provider, or a property owner can provide a Wi-Fi connection in public and semipublic areas. The network can be an open network without layer 2 security and use a captive portal for authentication. The captive portal blocks all network traffic except traffic that uses HTTP and it redirects HTTP requests to a login page.

After a user logs in to the hotspot, the captive portal permits the user to access wireless network services.

Hotspots can use a firewall and they can permit VPN connections. A hotspot permits users to access all BlackBerry services from their Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry devices using the BlackBerry Infrastructure.


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