I was looking around for a solution to hook up an application with an MCU to a wifi network. I'm basically looking for a chip that can talk to my MCU via an interface like I2C or SPI and is able to connect to a wifi network so that I can do some IP traffic. I'm okay with putting my own antenna and the necessary RLC stuff on the PCB.
I've found a bunch of really expensive modules which didn't seem very interesting (and were basically a lot bigger than I expected) and I've found the max2831 which looks like it might be good enough for the job.
However the data sheet doesn't contain too much detail about how to actually use the chip, ie. how to send commands to it, what kind of commands there, etc. The manufacturer says that this is just a "WLAN front-end solution", so I'm getting the impression that this chip isn't what I'm looking for, or at least isn't what I expected.
I googled around but didn't find any information about how to actually use this chip to connect to a wifi network and send/receive data.
Could anybody please shed some light on what exactly a "WLAN front-end" means and how to use it to implement the ability to connect to a wifi network?