Category: Network and Modem
Manufacturer: 2Wire, Inc.
Caution Level: Safe
Download File Size: 4.7 MB
Operating System: Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Latest Version / Release Date: 18.104.22.168 / 04 Aug 2004
This expansion card which plugs directly into a vacant PCI slot on the computer motherboard delivers functionality to take advantage of wireless access points to log into computer networks. The 2Wire 802.11g PCI Wireless LAN Card is based on the specifications of the IEEE 802.11g standard allowing data transmissions at higher bandwidths. This hardware component can handle speeds of up to 54 megabits per second which is beyond the 11 megabits per second transmission rate for the 802.11b. The 802.11b is the standard transmission protocol being implemented in majority of Wireless Fidelity networks. The access points that implement the 802.11g standard remain backward compatible allowing for 802.11b compliant devices to successfully connect. The interoperability between the two protocols allows for greater deployment possibilities. The 802.11g specification at this point remains the only upgradable standard for wireless communication with competitive pricing to 802.11b based devices.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
By installing the appropriate device driver for the 2Wire 802.11g PCI Wireless LAN Card the host computer system can automatically detect and display all available router networks, wireless access points, and gateways. The device driver also supports Wi-Fi Protected Access and Wireless Equivalent Privacy which are two of the most common security protocols observed for wireless networks. By supporting these security protocols the computer user can take advantage of secured log in procedures and data transmission. Part of the security feature implemented by the device driver is the creation of a connectivity network profile to quickly identify safe networks that the computer user can connect to. The device driver allows the 2Wire 802.11g PCI Wireless LAN Card to operate in a number of channels depending on the location of the actual host computer system. This feature prevents the interference from other wireless devices and appliances. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and 2Wire 802.11g PCI Wireless LAN Card errors before installing any driver updates.