Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Not Backwards Compatible?

New laptop running Vista as opposed to my antique desktop running XP Pro. Add in a wireless router and I find myself in the unusual position that the laptop can "see" the router, connect to it and, allegedly, the internet- and yet I can't get anything from the 'net. Pages won't load at all.

This seems to be a problem with some new TCP/IP feature in Vista designed to sell masses of new wireless routers. Now, I've heard that if I turn off the Window Scaling feature that the router-Vista problem will be fixed. Being a cautious type though I'm hesitant to do that because I can currently get online by plugging a network cable into the router- and I don't want to mess that up and end up with no way to get the laptop online.

Any suggestions?


Anonymous said...

Here's an article that discusses this "feature" and has some info on how to adjust auto-tuning of TCP in Vista:

If it were me, I'd adjust Vista's behavior and leave the router alone (just 'cause Microsoft says something is the "right" way to do things doesn't make it so - just ask any handy Linux guru).

Anonymous said...

Sorry - that last bit should read:


but without the line breaks...

Jay.Mac said...

Thanks for the link- going to try it out this evening.

Appreciate the help.