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Connecting the Things to the Internet: An Evaluation of Four Configuration Strategies for Wi-Fi Devices with Minimal User Interfaces

Jewell, Michael O., Costanza, Enrico and Kittley-Davies, Jacob (2015) Connecting the Things to the Internet: An Evaluation of Four Configuration Strategies for Wi-Fi Devices with Minimal User Interfaces At Ubicomp '15. Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, Japan. 07 - 11 Sep 2015.

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Abstract

The availability of low-power Wi-Fi radio modules opens up opportunities to leverage the existing prevalent Wi-Fi infrastructure for large-scale trials and deployments of Ubicomp technology. In this paper we address the challenge of supporting end-users, especially when they are not technical experts, in connecting new low-power, low-cost Wi-Fi devices with very minimal UIs to an existing, secure Wi-Fi infrastructure. We report two usability studies through which 30 participants, with no formal technical training, compared 4 alternative configuration techniques, selected based on cost and consumption constraints, and on adoption in off-the-shelf products. Through an analysis of success rate and causes of failure, our results indicate that two techniques are noticeably more usable than others. These are a web-based configuration mechanism, where users connect to an access point on the Wi-Fi device, and one that makes use of a standard audio cable to connect a smartphone to the device to be configured.

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Accepted/In Press date: 24 July 2015
Venue - Dates: Ubicomp '15. Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, Japan, 2015-09-07 - 2015-09-11
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 379702
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/379702
PURE UUID: db45ccd6-232a-4dec-b399-6366719ad3a0

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Date deposited: 28 Jul 2015 15:50
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 20:41

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Author: Michael O. Jewell
Author: Enrico Costanza
Author: Jacob Kittley-Davies

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