Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jul 2011 14:09 UTC
Internet & Networking "One of life's minor annoyances is having to wait on my devices to connect to the network after I wake them from sleep. All too often, I'll open the lid on my EeePC netbook, enter a web address, and get the dreaded 'This webpage is not available' message because the machine is still working on connecting to my Wi-Fi network. On some occasions, I have to twiddle my thumbs for as long as 10-15 seconds before the network is ready to be used. The frustrating thing is that I know it doesn't have to be this way. I know this because I have a Mac. When I open the lid of my MacBook Pro, it connects to the network nearly instantaneously. In fact, no matter how fast I am, the network comes up before I can even try to load a web page. My curiosity got the better of me, and I set out to investigate how Macs are able to connect to the network so quickly, and how the network connect time in other operating systems could be improved." Yes, I'd love to have Windows and Linux reconnect as fast as Macs do. Alas, "Method to quickly reconnect to a wireless or wired network", as well as its completely different "Method to quickly reconnect to a wireless or wired network on a mobile device" are probably patented, so Windows and Linux can't reconnect too fast out of fear of violating a software patent. In case you haven't noticed: I'm joking. Sort of.
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Hardware Initialisation?
by daedalus on Wed 13th Jul 2011 15:04 UTC
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2011-01-14

I wonder is it to do with the reinitialisation of the hardware in the Mac? I've noticed it too, and not just with the network - many systems are much faster to return after sleeping on a Mac. One particular thing that comes to mind is the touchpad on my friend's Vista laptop. Open it up, you can see the mouse pointer but can't move it for a few seconds, presumably as the OS reinitialises all the connected hardware.

Since Macs have a specific set of hardware that they're built with, maybe the initialisation process is much more streamlined (since it only expects a small number of variations), therefore reducing the time to just how long it actually takes to connect? That would explain the graphics and sound availability from very early in the booting process, and the very quick recovery from sleep.

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