IOXperts expands 802.11b driver support for Mac OS 8-9

Cambridge, Mass.-based IOXperts Inc. has released an updated version of its 802.11b wireless networking drivers for Mac OS 8 – 9. The new version, 1.03, adds support for new cards and includes bug fixes and updates designed to keep pace with Apple’s own wireless networking drivers.

Apple Computer Inc.’s AirPort 3.1 drivers offer support for some third-party wireless networking devices, but that support is limited to Mac OS X. IOXperts has expanded wireless networking support for more than 60 different PC card models that support the IEEE 802.11b networking standard, so users of legacy Macs equipped with PC card slots (like older PowerBooks) can use third-party cards as well.

The IOXperts driver supports AppleTalk, 64- and 128-bit wired equivalent piracy (WEP), Airport passwords, and network listing. The new version of the driver now supports five new cards from Adaptec Inc., Senao International Co. Ltd., Alvarion Ltd., ARtem and Proxim Corp.

IOXperts indicates that a similar driver release for Mac OS X will soon be made as well.

Pricing for the new drivers is US$19.95 per card under both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. A time-limited demo version of the driver is available for download.