Anyone else having problems with wireless in vista?
I got a new gateway in December with Vista pre-installed. XP was not an option. Unfortunately for us, XP will not install on these laptops, I'm assuming due to the newer hardware.
For quite awhile, my laptop functioned beautifully on the wireless, only dropping the connection once a day or so. Eventually, though, that number started creeping up to 20 or 30 times per day, at which point I purchased a new router, thinking the old router was the culprit. It was not.
Around the time that I replaced the router, I bought my fiancee a nearly identical laptop, which had problems from day 1 with the wireless. When her laptop would connect at all, the speeds were around 100kB/s, while mine were somewhere around 1500kB/s.
Fast forward to today - She's got Ubuntu installed on the laptop and the wireless is blazing, like it should be. I have to stick with windows for work, though, and am miserable. When I can get the connection to stay active for more than a few minutes, the speed is ridiculously slow. Sometimes, though, I'll get a nice burst and things will go as fast as they should be. Those moments are usually short-lived, though, and soon I'm back to dial-up speeds.
This is obviously a software problem, either on the router's end or the windows end, since switching to Ubuntu immediately solves the problems of dropped connections and slow browsing. The drivers are updated on the computer side and the firmware is updated on the router side. Wired computers download at full speed all the time.
I'm just at my wit's end here. I have to have a more reliable connection to work, but I've tried everything that I can possibly think of to get this working. There are all sorts of threads on the web where people are complaining about wireless problems in Vista, but none of them pertain to me, so far as I can see. My last resort is to post here and see if anyone has experienced the same problems as we are.
Vista introduces a new feature called Receive Window Auto-Tuning. What it does is to adjust the receive windows size continually based upon the changing network conditions. Some people reported that auto-tuning causes network timeout problems with some applications and routers.