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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mix ups and prior art
by jack_perry on Wed 13th Jul 2011 14:33 UTC
jack_perry
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2005-07-06

Heh. Just last night I noticed that my Mac tried to reacquire its old IP address when it woke from sleep, because a message complained, "another device is using this IP address". In fact, the iPad was doing so. Nevertheless, the Mac quickly acquired a new address -- certainly less than 11 seconds.

As for patenting this method, given the ubiquity of this need and the existence of real-time operating systems since the 70s at least, I'd wager it wouldn't be hard to find prior art. But I've been wrong before.

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RE: mix ups and prior art
by JAlexoid on Wed 13th Jul 2011 14:54 in reply to "mix ups and prior art"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

My T42 with Ubuntu on it reconnects to a network also quite fast. Specially, when the connection is a system connection.

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RE: mix ups and prior art
by Laurence on Wed 13th Jul 2011 15:29 in reply to "mix ups and prior art"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Heh. Just last night I noticed that my Mac tried to reacquire its old IP address when it woke from sleep, because a message complained, "another device is using this IP address". In fact, the iPad was doing so. Nevertheless, the Mac quickly acquired a new address -- certainly less than 11 seconds.

To be honest none of this comes as a surprise because I've been doing something similar for years.

I hate the lengthy DHCP process so hardcode as much info as practical into my network setting to speed this process up

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