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Wireless AutoSwitch XPV 1.5.7 Released

Here are the recent updates this year: VERSION : 1.5.7 DATE : 30 Jul 2019 CHANGES : Added support for new Intel cards VERSION : DATE...

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Wireless AutoSwitch XPV 1.5.6 Released!

We just released Wireless AutoSwitch XPV version 1.5.6.  This version updates the code to recognize the new DisplayLink driver for USB Dockin...

Wireless AutoSwicth XPV released!

We just released Wireless AutoSwitch XPV version  This version fixes an issue when using some USB docking stations and adds the Start Di...

New Features in XPV

We have just released Wireless AutoSwitch XPV  Here are the additions: 1.  Previously one needed to be an admin to run the "Wire...

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The Cheap Comes Out Expensive!

I watch a show called "The People's Court" and the judge, Marilyn Milian, has a saying: "The cheap comes out expensive".  She uses this line when she has litigants that go with a cheap contractor and end up having to get the work re-done all over again because things fell apart very fast, because of shoddy work, or the work was just not finished.  Usually the fix is a lot more expensive than if they just went with the correct contractor at the correct price, because they have to tear down what was done before they can rebuild.  

Why am I telling you this?  Well recently I keep hearing that our competitors are charging less than we are, and yes it is true.  This is the only way they can compete and as I stated in my article "Competition and Price Wars", this does not work unless you have a comparable product; they do not.  Our price is set at the correct price point for the market and to sustain our business and the product.  Our competitors do not have a sustainable model and they have an inferior product.  

Here is what someone emailed me recently "About a year ago we purchased a product called [competitor] but are having some issues with it that we are currently working with their tech support on. I provided the quote for AutoSwitch to my supervisor as an alternative".  The price quote request came on Feb 02, 2012, the above info came on March 1.  So for over a month they have an open issue that hasn't been resolved.  Wireless AutoSwitch works, and all issues are solved very very quickly.  We do not have any open issues.  We have over 350,000 installations worldwide and get about 3-4 support request per month and 95% are solved the same day and most within one hour.  You can reach us very easily, our email address and phone number is on every page of our website, in plain sight, not hidden.

We have one competitor that charges a very low up front price then charges a sliding scale of maintenance costs over the next few years.  We have never charged for support or maintenance and in this kind of product it doesn't make sense; it is just a clever scheme to make it seem like you are paying less, but in the end you are paying the same thing for an inferior product.  We have consistently added features, made modifications, and fixes as needed, without any additional charge.

In the end you always get what you pay for, so get the right product and save your self the future trouble.

New Features in XPV

We have just released Wireless AutoSwitch XPV  Here are the additions: 1.  Previously one needed to be an admin to run the "Wireless AutoSwitch On-Off" shortcut.  Now, when installed in Mode 1 or 3 the Wireless AutoSwitch On-Off shortcut is created (as before) and can now be run by a standard (non-admin) user.  When clicked the user will see the following message: "Wireless AutoSwitch is now suspended and all devices have been turned on."  And if they click it again they will see:"Wireless AutoSwitch is now running." In addition to suspending Wireless AutoSwitch, all wireless devices are enabled.  And when the operation is running again, Wireless AutoSwitch will do whatever is appropriate (disable if on LAN, enable if not on LAN). 2.  Based on feedback we have added a couple more virtual or system devices to ignore by default and also allowed for a WMI issue that get inconsistent status info. Wireless AutoSwitch XPV can be downloaded from any page on thi ...

Record Sales in 2011

Wireless AutoSwitch, had a record breaking year in 2011 selling over one hundred and fifty thousand licenses.  That's more than double the previous year.  Revenue in 2011 alone was responsible for over half the total revenue since 2007 (the first year of public sale).  As a matter of fact for the last four years each year's sales and revenue has been double the previous year.  And the success continues as over twenty thousand licenses have already been sold in just the first half of January 2012.

In 2011 there were eleven Enterprise Unlimited Usage licenses sold, representing 30% of total revenue, and there are already three sold in 2012.  For clients with over 4000 laptops there is the Enterprise Unlimited Usage license.  It allows unlimited usage of Wireless AutoSwitch XPV in the enterprise regardless of the number of installations.  The majority of companies buying this license have well over 4000 laptops.

Who should you listen to?

I can't tell you how many times I had people tell me this product wasn't needed.  You can do it this way or that way.  Or my favorite from an IT Manager: "any IT person worth his ‘salt’ can do it in a couple of minutes".  If I listened to these people I would never have created the product, never put it to market and many many companies would be wasting time and money having technicians running around manually configuring wireless cards, when there are more important things for them to do. These days it is very easy to answer the nay-sayers, I simply tell them how many licenses I have sold and to how many companies across the globe.  The proof is in the numbers.  They change their tune right away.  These are unimaginative people that do not understand innovation and efficiency.  In this day and age there are very few things that should be done manually.  They are not all bad people, just people that need to be convinced and shown the proof (beware there ...

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New Features in XPV

We have just released Wireless AutoSwitch XPV  We have added two new feature in this release:

1.  DHCP Release - Now, just before the wireless card is disabled a command is sent to release the DHCP address of that card.  This will help reclaim IP addresses when the user is going from an internal wireless to the LAN.  This only happens when going from wireless to wired.  We cannot know when the LAN will be disconnected so this is not possible when going from wired to wireless.

2. Now when using the Wireless AutoSwitch On-Off shortcut (available only in Mode 1 and 3) to stop the Wireless AutoSwitch service all wireless cards are turned on if they are disabled.  In the past using this shortcut only stopped or started the Wireless AutoSwitch service and left the wireless card in whatever state they were in. 

Wireless AutoSwitch can be downloaded from any page on this site from the "Download - Latest Versions" box or 

As always you are downloading the full production version that is pre-populated with a trial license key that give 30 days of free usage.  Customers that are licensed for Wireless AutoSwitch XPV can download and use this new release under the original purchase with their permanent license key. 

Corporate Security regarding WiFi and Laptops

Corporate espionage is a far more serious and wide spread problem than at any point in the past and with the huge storage potential of even the tiniest of media it is now vital that corporations lock down their data security with the right combination of policy, IT support and threat awareness. Both laptops and wi-fi are major points of attack which require IT policies that address these potential vulnerabilities before problems happen and fault analysis after problems to make sure any issues are correctly fixed and prevented from ever happening again.

There are a number of methods to improve laptop security, the most obvious of which is a robust password policy and to educate employees about what is a strong password and concepts of password use. This means having a minimum password length and complexity that is enforced, along with changing the passwords after a set period of time to limit the vulnerability window of any undiscovered loss of security information. Teaching workers not to reuse a password and not to use the same password for multiple tasks as this is often used to escalate the seriousness of an attack, gaining access to a peripheral system before moving into more insensitive core systems. Ensure that laptops have a strong BIOS password and that the security provided by the manufacturer is strong. As with mobile phones there are now more sophisticated technologies available for dealing with lost laptops such as GPS tracking and remote wipe.

Engrave or tag the laptop in a way that displays the company name and contact details so that any lost laptop has a far greater chance of being returned to your business if it is left on a train or at a conference for example.

Choose an operating system that provides data security and make sure it remains regularly patched to close vulnerabilities as soon as they are discovered. This can be greatly enhanced with the addition of full disk encryption which will make lost data far less of a liability as if it is properly protected it will not be possible to discover what the data says.

Wi-fi signals can often be picked up far away from where the network or laptop is placed, allowing people outside a company to snoop on transmissions and potentially intercept passwords and sensitive data if the network is not properly locked down. They can also connect to laptops with the wireless card turned on and gain access to the corporate network. Good wi-fi security requires an encrypted protocol be used along with passwords and preferably an allowed list of devices with assigned IPs to add an extra layer of security. Make sure the security is up to date as even some encrypted protocols have now fallen to decryption attacks based on the processing power of a graphics card repurposed for number crunching. Most companies ignore the risk of the wireless cards on laptops so it is also important to turn off wireless cards when they are not in use.

In an increasingly security conscious world this is becoming a vital part of any IT provision for large organisations, especially those with commercially sensitive data or databases of customer details which would be a major breach of trust to lose and result in extremely bad press for that company. Every aspect of the corporate IT infrastructure from desktops to servers to laptops and mobile phones must be carefully considered for its security implications as more of these devices become ever more interconnected to make data as available as possible within the company to its employees.

Why not give it away for free?

We have all heard the statement that nothing in life is free.  But there are some things that are free, like love and the air you breathe.  But most others things are not free even when it looks like it is free.

The Birth of Wireless AutoSwitch

Well for my first blog I must talk about my product, Wireless AutoSwitch. I wrote this little utility back in 2006 because I couldn't find anything that did what I wanted as simple and precise as I wanted and as a standalone function.  I did a lot of searching and found some scripts, suggestions, and software that had this as one of its feature, but nothing that was simple and inexpensive. Why was I searching for a utility to automatically disable the wireless cards?  Well one day in 2006 I was at a client site and they were starting to roll out wireless access points and we were setting up laptops to connect to the internal wireless access points.  This client placed the wireless network on the same subnet as the LAN.  So they soon started running out of IP Addresses because the docked laptops had a LAN and a wireless connection at the same time and both with its own IP Address.  So we needed something to turn off the wireless when the laptop was docked and connected to the local ar ...

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