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Intel vPro wireless support

Intel vPro devices (version 2.5 and later) with wireless capabilities can be managed out-of-band via a wireless LAN connection when they are powered on and the wireless interface is active. If a notebook is in sleep mode, it can be managed out-of-band only if it is connected to a wired LAN and to AC power.

When the notebook is powered up, the Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) chip on the notebook communicates with the wireless LAN driver. If Intel AMT finds a matching profile, the driver will route traffic addressed to the Intel AMT device. Even if there is a problem with the driver, Intel AMT can receive out-of-band management traffic from the wireless network interface.

For wireless management, Intel vPro uses the device's Windows wireless profile.

For Intel AMT to work with a wireless LAN connection, it must share IP addresses with the notebook. To do this, Intel AMT must be configured to use DHCP and there must be a DHCP server available to allocate IP addresses. If Intel AMT is configured to use static IP addresses, wireless connectivity will be disabled.

When a notebook has been discovered and provisioned while connected to a wired network, it can be managed through the wired network immediately. However, when the notebook switches to a wireless connection there can be a delay before Intel vPro management is enabled for the notebook. This is due to a change in how the computer name is resolved in DNS on the network. The wireless IP address for the notebook is different than the IP address on the wired network, so there is a delay before the new IP address for the notebook matches the computer name.

 


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