Rally Vertical Pairing device implementation overview

Updated: July 29, 2013

This topic provides an overview of how to implement Rally Vertical Pairing devices.

This information applies for the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 7

This topic discusses many details about how to implement Rally Vertical Pairing support for a wireless device. However the things that you must do are actually very simple:

  1. Implement Wi-Fi Protected Setup on the device.

    Add WPS protocol support to the device, including the Rally Vertical Pairing vendor extension. All Wi-Fi devices must support this vendor extension to support Rally Vertical Pairing.

    For more information about how to implement WPS in a device, see WCN-NET protocol.

  2. Implement PnP-X support on the device.

    Windows implements PnP-X support for UPnP and DPWS devices. Adding PnP-X support to a device requires adding just a few XML elements into the device’s metadata.

    Some networked devices do not support pairing with Windows, so for these devices PnP-X support is not necessary. Such a device must still support the Rally Vertical Pairing vendor extension. However, the vendor extension should indicate that no pairing is required. Because these types of devices do not require Windows installation, they are outside the scope of this paper.

    For more information about how to implement PnP-X in a device, see Rally Vertical Pairing PnP-X support.

  3. Provide a driver package for the device (optional).

    Creating a driver package can be as simple as defining an INF configuration file or as complex as creating kernel-mode drivers and co-installers.

    For more information about driver packages, see Rally Vertical Pairing device drivers.

  4. Provide co-installer software for the device (optional).

    A device manufacturer can provide co-installer software that runs during device installation. This software can perform any of the following tasks:

    • Install additional software packages.
    • Register shell shortcut menu handlers for Devices and Printers or Windows Explorer.
    • Install COM components.
    • Register AutoPlay handlers.
    • Any other task that must be performed during device installation.
  5. Provide a metadata package for the device (optional).

    A device manufacturer can create a metadata package that provides a rich description and photorealistic icons of the device to optimize the device experience for the customer. The metadata package can be automatically downloaded from the Microsoft Windows Metadata Information Service (WMIS), installed by an application such as a co-installer, or preinstalled on a computer by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) before shipping.

    For more information about how to create a metadata package, see Rally Vertical Pairing devices and printers presence.

The minimum that is required for Rally Vertical Pairing is to implement items 1 and 2 above. Note that a wireless device that requires WPS support but not PnP-X pairing support (such as a network monitoring device) is required to implement item 1 only.

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Using Windows Rally Vertical Pairing to automatically install Wi Fi devices



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