Wireless Networking

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Wireless networking

Wireless technology makes it possible for you to use a wide range of devices to access data from anywhere in the world. Wireless networks reduce or eliminate the high cost of laying expensive fiber and cabling and provide backup functionality for wired networks. To ensure that wireless networks and devices are compatible, cost-effective, and secure, organizations and special interest groups are working to develop standards for wireless communications.

The Microsoft® Windows Server 2003 family provides support for infrared communication and for 802.11 wireless networks. In Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, support is provided for infrared communication. 802.11 wireless networking is supported in all versions of the Windows Server 2003 family.


  • In the Windows Server 2003 family, only Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition supports infrared networking.