A new release of client software for Windows computers adds tougher 802.11 wireless LAN security and some features designed for easier deployment in large-scale nets.

Aegis Client 2.1, from Meetinghouse Data Communications Inc., now incorporates code for Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), which is an early version of some important IEEE corrections to the original Wired Equivalent Privacy encryption scheme for the 802.11 standard.

The Wi-Fi Alliance crafted WPA as a way to patch, quickly, several WEP weak points, until the 802.11i specification is finalized later this year.

A new feature in 2.1 now lets network managers set up wireless LAN security for Windows clients and then download the configurations to the computer. Among other options, managers can specify which of several Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) versions are to be used.