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: better pings on my mac.
by static666 on Fri 15th Jul 2011 22:12 UTC in reply to "better pings on my mac."
static666
Member since:
2006-06-09

How can you even compare software on two different sets of hardware? Your PC is probably a non-brand one, is at least two times cheaper than your Mac, and has a pair of crappy Realtek NICs with a driver disk from 2004 and no driver updates released via Windows Update. Are any OS updates installed at all? Oh, wait... Are we talking Vista here? ))

p.s. Care to provide network traces? ICMP pings are too trivial for network stack efficiency to manifest itself. Normally it is compared by bulk TCP transfers, number of packets/connections processed in a fixed amount of CPU time, etc.

Edited 2011-07-15 22:20 UTC

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RE[2]: better pings on my mac.
by Alfman on Sat 16th Jul 2011 02:05 in reply to "RE: better pings on my mac."
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

static666,

"How can you even compare software on two different sets of hardware? Your PC is probably a non-brand one, is at least two times cheaper than your Mac, and "

A "good decrease in ping rates" is extremely vague to me also. Ping is hardly a sufficient benchmark for comparing network stacks. From my 3GHz core2 under linux (a couple years old), I get <1ms pings to my router. It hardly says anything about how well it performs under real world loads.

If I had a mac pc, I'd compile the same benchmark under macos and linux, and then dual boot to compare the difference. But since I don't, I have to take other people at their word.

Edited 2011-07-16 02:08 UTC

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