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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by Bounty on Wed 13th Jul 2011 15:46 UTC
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The time from discover to ACK on the tablet was .653 seconds. If it did the discover at 1.13 instead of screwing around with old addresses, it would have finished at 1.783. Fast enough that nobody would probably have ever bothered to test. It's also fast enough to probably void any gains by skipping that when you're on the same network, so I suggest skipping to "Maybe this is a different network" step by default.

It takes me longer than 1.75 seconds to go from opening laptop to password input and desktop reached anyways.

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