I was wondering how a wireless device maintains its connection with a wireless network. For example, I connect to my home wireless network with my laptop. I'm assuming it initially authenticates with the router using a password, but afterwards the OS will need to maintain that connection.
Does it poll the router periodically? What if I'm browsing the internet...does the polling stop? How about if the laptop is sitting idle for a long period of time?
I'm thinking it might be dependent on the OS. If I'm posting on the wrong website, please let me know and I can repost somewhere else.