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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RE: DHCP spec
by somebody on Wed 13th Jul 2011 22:08 UTC in reply to "DHCP spec"
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In my experience is that DHCP is immediate so long as the first packet is successful. However on startup, the initial DHCP packets do fail to reach the network (maybe it's a bug or things haven't been initialized yet, I don't know).

and that mostly depends on your network setup. it takes 1.5 sec on wireless and <1sec on wired for me in fedora on any machine i try. as far as i see, dhcpclient will need >10sec only when you didn't set up everything as it should be on dhcp server.

about first package, you can simply simulate what you say by unplugging and requesting ip, then plug back asap. time frame will be drastically slower because it waits long time until second request is made.

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