Auto Wireless LAN Switching on Skylake Platforms
The move to Skylake chipsets has seen the loss of a feature from the BIOS that some customers took advantage of: Auto Wireless LAN Switching. When enabled, this feature would disconnect the WLAN when a cabled LAN cable was inserted into the NIC/RJ45 port.
When a cable was inserted the BIOS would, in the background and transparent to the user, perform the actions to disabled the WLAN (the card would still be seen in Device Manager. The benefit here is that there are no two network topologies connected at the same time so the notebook is more secure and cannot be used to form a bridge from say, the guest WLAN network that probably resides in the DMZ of your network and the actual corporate network sitting behind your firewall.
Unfortunately support for this feature was dropped from all Skylake platforms. Intel have indicated that this will again be supported from Kabylake onward, but what of the Skylake platforms out there? Well, on Toshiba products we have just released two software updates that address this and brings the feature back, albeit now under software control rather than the BIOS GUI itself.
A new Toshiba HW Setup Utility has been released and is on our FTP in folder “Deployment_Files/Current/A30x-C_A40-C_A50-C_R30-C_R40-C_Z30x-C_Z40x-C_Z50-C_Series/Drivers” for download. Once installed a new option will appear in the LAN tab of Toshiba HW Setup and this new option will allow Auto Wireless LAN Switching to be enabled.
A new System Settings Tool has been released and is on our FTP in folder “Deployment_Files/Current/A30x-C_A40-C_A50-C_R30-C_R40-C_Z30x-C_Z40x-C_Z50-C_Series/Drivers” for download.Once installed a new option will appear in the LAN section of Toshiba System Settings and this new option will allow Auto Wireless LAN Switching to be enabled.
Until the next time,
Your Toshiba B2B Consultant Team