WiFi in OS

Wi-Fi and its support by operating systems

1.Microsoft Windows XP has good Wi-Fi support. It does not support WPA2 natively and some other protocols need Windows updates. Microsoft Windows Vista has improved Wi-Fi support over Windows XP, but it automatically connects to unsecured networks. This is a large security issue for the owner of the access point and for the owner of the computer because shared folders may be open to public access.

2.Mac OS X has good Wi-Fi support, including WPA2, and the operating system includes native support for Apple “AirPort” Wi-Fi cards. All Intel-based Apple computers include built-in Wi-Fi and can connect to 802.11a, b and g Wi-Fi networks. Previous-generation Apple computers may only have a slot for a Wi-Fi card, however, many third-party wireless cards do not have Mac OS X software drivers and cannot be used with OS X. Cards that work include the D-Link DWL-122 and Macsense Aeropad.

3.Linux has Wi-Fi support for most cards. For the few unsupported cards using ndiswrapper will allow most drivers that are compatible with Windows to work with linux on Intel x86 compatible systems. Linksys Airgo true MIMO cards are some of the few cards that are not supported.

4. Microsoft Windows XP has good Wi-Fi support. It does not support WPA2 natively and some other protocols need Windows updates. Microsoft Windows Vista has improved Wi-Fi support over Windows XP, but it automatically connects to unsecured networks. This is a large security issue for the owner of the access point and for the owner of the computer because shared folders may be open to public access.

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