Software company Microsoft has added support for Wi-fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) to Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). It is available as a free download
The software update adds support for wireless provisioning services information element (WPS IE). WPS IE allows wireless internet service providers (ISPs) to migrate to secure wi-fi hot spots by enabling support for both unsecured and secured wi-fi networks on a single network infrastructure during the migration.
WPA2 confirms that a PC’s wireless software is compatible with IEEE 802.11i, the security standard developed specifically for wi-fi networks.
The update’s added support for WPS IE allows ISPs to operate multiple logical wireless networks on a single physical network infrastructure.
Support for the Wi-Fi Alliance standard enables some government agencies, healthcare providers and security-mandated industries to deploy wireless networks for the first time.