Comparison of Wireless LAN Clients

Every wireless LAN network consists of an access point, such as a wireless router, and one or more wireless adapters. Each adapter is controlled by software known as a wireless LAN client, or wireless connection management utility.

There are many wireless LAN clients available for use. 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 various wireless LAN clients.

Name Creator First public release Authentication Security Latest stable version (Release Date) Cost Operating systems 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 Trial Windows 90 day full trial/Unlimited wired only. Enterprise, Desktop, Workstation, Server, Windows users
Intel PROSet Wireless Intel N/A 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 N/A LEAP, EAP WEP, WPA,WPA2 ver Free Windows N/A 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 N/A N/A WEP, WPA,WPA2 ver 3.0 Free Windows Only for Cisco Aironet products Desktop, Workstation, Server, Windows users
Broadcom WLAN Utility Broadcom N/A N/A 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 October 22, 2002 EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS (inner: PAP,CHAP,MSCHAP,MSCHAPv2,PAPToken,EAP-GTC,EAP-MD5,EAP-SIM,EAP-AKA,EAP-POTP,EAP-MSCHAPv2,EAP-JUAC), EAP-PEAP (inner: EAP-GTC,EAP-POTP,EAP-TLS,EAP-MSCHAPv2,EAP-JUAC), EAP-FAST, EAP-MD5, EAP-GTC, EAP-LEAP, EAP-SIM, EAP-AKA, EAP-POTP WEP, WPA, WPA2 5.20 (June 2010) Varies, 30-day trial Windows, Mac OS X none Enterprise, Government (FIPS Edition), Desktop, Workstation, Server, Windows users
NetworkManager nm N/A N/A WEP, WPA, WPA2 ver 0.6.4 Free (GNU) Linux Wireless drivers must support HAL Desktop, Workstation, Server, Linux/Unix users

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