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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RE: IPv6
by Neolander on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 18:50 in reply to "IPv6"
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Not only on Windows. I also had some issues with my ISP-provided router when using computers running linux. On some machines, DNS resolving when connected through it takes 30s, unless you disable either IPv6 or DHCP.

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RE[2]: IPv6
by bert64 on Fri 24th Sep 2010 11:54 in reply to "RE: IPv6"
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This simply shouldn't happen.. IPv6 when enabled should remain dormant until a device on the network advertises a route to it (ipv6 router advertisement)...
If you're having problems, chances are some device on your network is advertising a bogus ipv6 route which your system is trying to use... This is analogous to having a rogue dhcp server which is connecting you to an isolated network.

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