Native 802.11 Wireless LAN Drivers (Compact 2013)


Native 802.11 wireless LAN (WLAN) drivers enable support for 802.11 network adapters that are integrated with the board on which the Windows Embedded Compact device is based. You implement native 802.11 WLAN drivers to support the WLAN network adapter hardware that is integrated into the board you are using.

Native 802.11 WLAN drivers adhere to the specifications in the IEEE 802.11-1999 standard by using a complete set of object identifiers (OIDs) and a set of media-specific status indications. For more information, see Native 802.11 Wireless LAN OIDs and Native 802.11 Wireless LAN Status Indications. Native 802.11 WLAN drivers also support authentication and cipher algorithms based on the IEEE 802.11 standards and Wi-Fi Alliance specifications. For more information, see DOT11_AUTH_ALGORITHM_LIST and DOT11_CIPHER_ALGORITHM_LIST.

Independent hardware vendors (IHV) can extend the functionality of native 802.11 wireless LAN drivers by developing authentication algorithms and cipher algorithms that are not supported by the native 802.11 framework, and by implementing proprietary IEEE physical (PHY) layer types or configurations. For more information, see Native 802.11 IHV Extensions DLL.

To add this feature to your OS, see Wired Local Area Network (LAN) Catalog Items and Sysgen Variables.

For reference information, see Native 802.11 Wireless LAN Reference.

Sample application code is available at Wi-Fi Profile Samples.