Wireless Security
what do the wifi switches on laptops really do? Jan 29 2008 02:51PM
Robin Wood (dninja gmail com) (2 replies)
RE: what do the wifi switches on laptops really do? Jan 29 2008 06:50PM
Debasis Mohanty (debasis mohanty listmails gmail com)
surprisingly I just noticed that in my HP laptop even my bluetooth interface
shutdown when I switch off wireless. Atleast one benefit I see with this
WiFi switch is, it saves on system boot time and boot faster when it is
turned off. Normally when the WiFi connectivity is configured automatic for
connecting into your known APs, it delays system boot time when those APs
were not available. This is where the switch comes really handy when you are
away from your APs and want the system to boot faster.

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Subject: what do the wifi switches on laptops really do?

Hi
It sounds like a daft question but what to the wifi switches on laptops
actually do? I've been using my Toshiba with built in rtl8187 all morning
and just noticed that the switch says that wifi is off but it wasn't.

Unfortunately this card won't go into Master mode so I can't test if I could
bring up as an AP but I guess you could as the wireless tools weren't
complaining about any problems.

The fact that people will assume that wifi is completely off because the
switch says its off means that potentially a user could, with best
intentions, switch it off but still in reality have it turned on.

All this was in linux, windows may be different I haven't tested it.

I'm guessing that the switch just triggers software which linux ignores, is
this just Toshiba or do other brands act in the same way?

Robin

[ reply ]
Re: what do the wifi switches on laptops really do? Jan 29 2008 04:04PM
Tiago Batista (tiagosbatista gmail com) (2 replies)
Re: what do the wifi switches on laptops really do? Jan 29 2008 04:50PM
nettrace112 (nettrace112 googlemail com) (1 replies)
Re: what do the wifi switches on laptops really do? Jan 29 2008 06:16PM
Brian Altenhofel (brian altenhofel com) (2 replies)
RE: what do the wifi switches on laptops really do? Feb 22 2008 12:50PM
Paul (carter-penley2 iinet net au)
Re: what do the wifi switches on laptops really do? Jan 30 2008 06:37PM
Jarrod Frates (jfrates ml gmail com)
Re: what do the wifi switches on laptops really do? Jan 29 2008 04:47PM
Robin Wood (dninja gmail com)


 

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