Manufacturer: Atheros Inc.
Caution Level: Intermediate
Download File Size: 2,734 KB
Operating System: Windows 95, 98, 2003, Windows Server 98SE and ME
Latest Version / Release Date: 188.8.131.52 / 07 Feb 2009
The Foxconn 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless System Adaptor is a network adapter for wireless networks. It fits the personal technology description due to its ease of use and its wide use in home networking. It is usually used on Microsoft Windows platforms to connect home appliances such as Wi-Fi systems, TV cards and D-link systems. The Foxconn 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless System Adaptor is manufactured by Atheros Inc and can be installed on smaller work networks in an office environment. The 802.11 standard defines the wi-fi requirements. The 4 standards; 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n describe the categories of the Wi-fi standards, whereby each category works under different costs, speeds and quality. The 802.11 networks connect items that are at higher ranges than Bluetooth devices, but workers over shorter distances than Wi-Max, which is used for longer-range connectivity. Wi-fi is the commonest mode of wireless connectivity in local area networks.
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The 802.11b is the most common standard in most LANs. A user can decide to have the 11 Mbps or the 22 Mbps speeds. This standard is also the cheapest. The b standard is backward compatible with the 802.11g standard, but the latter is faster in performance and can handle 54 Mbps speeds. Modern laptops support both g and b standards. 802.11a supports a 54 Mbps speed and has a shorter range that the g/b categories. It operates on a 5GHz frequency, and is not compatible with the g and b standards. 802.11n is on the other hand, is the newest standard, which is compatible with the earlier versions. It operates at 100 Mbps speeds and covers a longer range. The user may however need to consider the availability of devices that use the n standards, since it is new in the market. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and Foxconn 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless System Adaptor errors before installing any driver updates.