Wireless_LAN_client_comparison

Wireless LAN client comparison

Every wireless network is made up of the access point and the wireless adapter. The access points can be wireless routers, which will distribute data to each client (adapter).

The adapters are controlled by software, called "clients" or wireless connection management utilities.

There are many wireless LAN clients available for use. The clients vary in technical aspects, support of protocols and other factors. Some clients only work with certain hardware devices, while others only on certain operating systems.

The table below compares the different types of wireless LAN clients.

Name Creator First Public Release (yyyy-MMM-dd) Authentication Security Latest Stable Version (Release Date) Cost O.S. Support Limitations Target audience
Cisco Secure Services Client Cisco 2008 PEAP/MSCHAPv2, PEAP/TLS, PEAP/GTC, TTLS/PAP, TTLS/CHAP, TTLS/MSCHAP, TTLS/MSCHAPv2, TTLS/EAP-MD5, TTLS/EAP-MSCHAPv2, FAST/MSCHAPv2, FAST/GTC, FAST/TLS, TLS, LEAP, MSCHAPv2, GTC, MD5 WEP, WPA(TKIP/AES), WPA2(TKIP/AES), CCKM(TKIP/AES) 5.1.0 Free Windows None Enterprise, Desktop, Workstation, Server, Windows users
Intel PROSet Wireless Intel ?? LEAP or EAP-FAST WEP, WPA,WPA2 10.5.0.0 Free Windows Only for intel wireless modules Desktop, Workstation, Server, Windows users
ThinkVantage Access Connections Manager Lenovo 2006-APR-21 LEAP, EAP-TLS WEP, WPA,WPA2 4.42 Free Windows Only for intel PRO/wireless modules Desktop, Workstation, Server, Windows users
Cisco Aironet Cisco ?? LEAP, EAP WEP, WPA,WPA2 ver Free Windows ?? Desktop, Workstation, Server, Windows users
Microsoft Wireless Zero Configuration Microsoft October 25 2001 (with Windows XP) PEAP-ELS, PEAP-MS-CHAP v2 WEP, WPA,WPA2 ver Free Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 none Desktop, Workstation, Server, Windows users
Dell Wireless LAN Card Utility Dell ?? ?? WEP, WPA,WPA2 ver 3.0 Free Windows Only for Cisco Aironet products Desktop, Workstation, Server, Windows users
Broadcom WLAN Utility Broadcom ?? ?? WEP, WPA,WPA2 ver 6.0 Free Windows Only for Broadcom wireless modules Desktop, Workstation, Server, Windows users
Juniper Networks Odyssey Access Client Funk/Juniper ?? EAP WEP, WPA,WPA2 4.72 ?? Windows, Linux, Mac OS X ?? Desktop, Workstation, Server, Windows users
NetworkManager nm ?? ?? WEP, WPA, WPA2 ver 0.6.4 Free (GNU) Linux Wireless drivers must support HAL Desktop, Workstation, Server, Linux/Unix users
BVRP Connection Manager Lite BVRP/Avanquest ?? ?? ?? 1.03 Free Windows ?? ??
BVRP Connection Manager Pro BVRP/Avanquest ?? ?? ?? 1.03 20.73 € Windows ?? ??
Wireless Assistant ?? ?? ?? WEP, WPA, WPA2 0.5.7 (2007-04-03) Free (GNU) Linux ?? ??

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