Windows 7 vs Windows 8 comparison of Wi-Fi and 3G supports

It had been a frequent challenge for setting up and maintaining Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connections in Windows. The software provided by the third-party vendor and the software built into Windows often conflicts, creating problems for the Wi-Fi users. And it is not an easy task for the mobile broadband users who scrambles to find the right drivers for their cellular setup.

Setting up a mobile broadband connection entailed a number of hurdles in Windows 7, though the Wi-Fi experience improved a lot, and finding the right drivers and software still is a tiring task. But, with the brand new operating system from Microsoft- Windows 8, it is said that users will have to face lesser headaches to manage their Wi-Fi and cellular connections.  Microsoft Company focused on this and worked with the mobile carriers and hardware makers to come up with a single universal driver for Windows 8.

Single universal Windows 8 driver

An in-box mobile broadband class driver is developed in Windows 8 that works with all of these devices and eliminates the need for additional device driver software. You will only need to plug in the device and connect. Through Windows Update, the driver can stay up to date ensuring that a reliable mobile broadband experience is offered for the users.

The new “Airplane mode” in Windows 8

Windows 8 will offer a new network settings panel to manage your mobile settings. And you will be able to juggle all your radios, turning them on and off and even disabling them all via a new “Airplane mode” from here. It is aimed at providing a more consistent and less frustrating interface for all mobile connections in one shot for users.

Windows 8 Sort Networks

To add more, Windows 8 can monitor the networks that are mostly used by you, giving precedence to Wi-Fi over mobile broadband, just like on an average Smartphone. Based on the behavior, it then tries to sort the available Wi-Fi hot spots. Windows maintains an ordered list of your preferred networks to make sure it connect to the right network when multiple networks are available based on your explicit connect and disconnect actions, as well as the network type.

Even more details are included into the Settings Panel, like connection time and estimated usage for mobile broadband users who need to keep an eye on their data consumption. Windows 8 can switch you from mobile broadband to Wi-Fi to help with that data consumption whenever a hot spot is accessible and can also postpone automatic updates until you are on a non-metered network.