Enterprise WiFi provider iPass has updated its connectivity clients for smartphones, tablets and laptops to make it easier for mobile users to connect.

The provider allows customers to connect to over 1.4 million WiFi hotspots around the world as part of a subscription service.

Alongside a new online and offline Hotspot Finder, the updates will enable "smarter and quicker" WiFi connectivity for mobile workers, as well as providing IT departments with increased manageability and control, said iPass.

The client update for smarter connections features new signal and speed tests to provide a detailed diagnostic of actual current latency and download speeds available at any hotspot.

Bandwidth is clearly displayed in Mbps and the speed test will also advise which applications will be supported by that particular connection, allowing users to evaluate whether their connection is suitable for reading email, web browsing, voice over IP or audio and video streaming.

There is also a new signal strength indicator displayed clearly in the user interface of the client itself.

In terms of achieving smarter deployments, with improved manageability and control, the updated client provides session limits and notifications to curb runaway sessions. In addition, subscription management allows group level policies to be set around the type of hotspot people can connect to, based on geographic region and cost.

The new Hotspot Finder can be used on and offline, with GPS being used to direct users to their nearest hotspot. The Hotspot Finder offers curated photos and business information to help the user discover connectivity options.

Rene Hendrikse, VP of EMEA ay iPass, said: "The new range of features deliver a more efficient experience, enhancing productivity for business travellers while on the go."

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