Adding Wireless Capability to a Thin Client

Adding Wireless Capability to a Thin Client (Windows Embedded CE 6.0)

1/5/2010

This topic provides information about how to add support for wireless networking to a Windows Embedded CE powered thin client.

For a Windows Embedded CE powered thin client to support a connection to a wireless local area network (WLAN), add a WLAN PC Card driver to the image.

The following table shows the LAN driver to include in an operating system (OS) design.

Catalog item Location Sysgen variable

Intersil Prism2 WLAN PCMCIA Driver

Device Drivers\Networking\Local Area Networking (LAN) devices

BSP_NIC_ISLP2NDS_PCMCIA

This LAN driver provides support for attaching one of the following network adapters to a thin client.

  • Microsoft MN-520
  • Linksys WPC11
  • Netgear MA401

The following table shows the Catalog items to include in an OS design for wireless networking support.

Catalog item Location Sysgen variable

Wireless LAN (802.11) STA Automatic Configuration and 802.1X

Core OS\CEBASE\Communication Services and Networking\Networking - Local Area Network (LAN)

SYSGEN_ETH_80211

Extensible Authentication Protocol

Core OS\CEBASE\Communication Services and Networking\Networking - General

SYSGEN_EAP

NTLM

Core OS\CEBASE\Security\Authentication Services (SSPI)

SYSGEN_AUTH_NTLM

Schannel (SSL/TLS)

Core OS\CEBASE\Security

SYSGEN_AUTH_SCHANNEL

To add wireless capability to a thin client
  1. In Platform Builder, select Catalog Items View.

  2. Expand the Device Drivers node, and navigate to Device Drivers\Networking\Local Area Networking (LAN) devices.

  3. Select the box next to Intersil Prism2 WLAN PCMCIA Driver.

  4. Collapse the Device Drivers node.

  5. Expand the Core OS node, and navigate to the four Catalog items in the “Operating System Catalog Items” chart described earlier in this topic. Select the box next to each Catalog item.

  6. On the File menu, select Save <OSDesignName>.pbxml.

After you complete these steps, your OS design will be configured to support wireless networking. The next time that you build <OSDesignName>, the base components that enable wireless networking will be included in the run-time image.

For more information about networking hardware considerations and the different wireless networking standards, see Networking Hardware Considerations for a Thin Client.

For more information about support for WLAN technologies in CE 6.0 that enable you to implement a range of wireless networking scenarios, see Wi-Fi OS Design Development.

For information about how to set up a more secure wireless network, see this Microsoft Web site.

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