Wednesday, July 20, 2011 [Tweets] [Favorites]

Rapid DHCP

David Simmons (via Hypercritical):

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.

There’s also a discussion on Hacker News.

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