Category: Network and Modem
Manufacturer: Actiontec Electronics, Inc.
Caution Level: Safe
Download File Size: 130.50 KB
Operating System: Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Latest Version / Release Date: 184.108.40.206 / 03/29/2004
This hardware component is used to allow the host computer system to take advantage of wireless access point (secured or unsecured) to make use of shared resources like files or Internet connections. The implementation of this particular communication device is supported by a corresponding device driver which allows it to make use of prevailing networking protocols utilized by the host computer system like the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol or TCP/IP. It provides the underlying operating system environment with the necessary information on how to access the feature sets built into the supported hardware component. The information is likewise made available to other installed communication programs like terminal emulators via a centralized database. The host computer must have a vacant PC Card slot in order to correctly host the Actiontec 802.11b Wireless PC Card device. The associated device driver must also be installed into the host computer system because this hardware component is not covered by generic device drivers.
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
The deployment of the Actiontec 802.11b Wireless PC Card makes use of the 802.11b wireless technology specification. This means that with the help of the corresponding device driver this particular communication hardware component can operate on the 2.4 GHz frequency and generate a maximum raw data transfer rate of up to 11 megabits per second. The device driver is also capable of supporting the CSMA/CA media access protocol as implemented by the original 802.11 standard. Because of this, technically the 11 megabits per second maximum data transfer rate is not achieved. Realistically the throughput that can be achieved by a software application on the Actiontec 802.11b Wireless PC Card using TCP standards is 5.9 megabits per second and up to 7.1 megabits per second with UDP specifications. The device driver allows for the implementation of a point-to-multipoint network configuration which allows the access point to simultaneously communicate with multiple mobile devices within a specific radius. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and Actiontec 802.11b Wireless PC Card errors before installing any driver updates.