Intel has decided not to enable the wireless access-point functionality in its Intel 915/925X “Grantsdale” chipset. Intel decided to phase out the once heavily-touted feature because of the prevalence of low-cost access points available from third parties. Intel had already agreed to turn the wireless AP portion of the chipset off by default, preventing an intruder from accessing the network through an unsecured WiFi back door. Intel will halt manufacture of the Intel 915/925X wireless-enabled chipsets, which include a “W” suffix to indicate the presence of the special connector to the wireless module. Intel may still develop a custom chipset to re-enable the WiFi functionality if a large customer requests it.

Intel has decided not to enable the wireless access-point functionality in its Intel 915/925X “Grantsdale” chipset. Intel decided to phase out the once heavily-touted feature because of the prevalence of low-cost access points available from third parties. Intel had already agreed to turn the wireless AP portion of the chipset off by default, preventing an intruder from accessing the network through an unsecured WiFi back door. Intel will halt manufacture of the Intel 915/925X wireless-enabled chipsets, which include a “W” suffix to indicate the presence of the special connector to the wireless module. Intel may still develop a custom chipset to re-enable the WiFi functionality if a large customer requests it.