Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 22:41 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Windows "I'm sure it's just a coincidence, but Windows 7 shipped around the same time I got married, and it includes a fascinating new technology called HomeGroup. Its goal is really simple: get all your home computers sharing documents, media, and printers with each other, in a way that is both secure and straightforward. But Microsoft also has a deeper aim here: they're trying to finally kill off the decrepit NetBIOS technology that's at the heart of most Windows sharing problems. So let's have a look at HomeGroup and the technologies involved that make it work. And just to keep things interesting, we'll compare HomeGroup with what Mac OS X offers."
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by telns on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 18:21 UTC
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The only downside I can see is that I've encountered at least three laptops that needed IPv6 disabled on the wireless adapter for it to connect reliably to the wireless network.

These were different laptops, I believe different wireless adapters in all three, and definitely different wireless networks.

I'm not sure why that is. Certainly not all laptops have those problems. One of them I know, worked fine with IPv6 turned on in my wireless network, but broke whenever it tried to use another network. Undoubtedly it shouldn't be that way... But, for HomeGroup to reach its full potential you need IPv6, and at least in my experience, wireless adapters and IPv6 don't always play nice in Vista and W7.

Edited 2010-09-23 18:22 UTC

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