Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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And One Service Pack to Rule Them All

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the first details for the next service pack for Windows Vista. I’m on the Beta, so hopefully I’ll get my build in the next week or so… if I’m allowed to talk about it, I’ll post details.

Anyways, one of the things I was the most excited about was not the enhanced Wireless features (although I’m hoping that it solves some problems I’ve been having with my Linksys WRT610N (though more on that fiasco later)… no, I’m most excited about the fact that, due to the massive engineering change that Microsoft undertook in aligning the client and server codebases, there will be one Service Pack 2 download that will work on both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Will it bring Hyper-V to the client? Will it bring Windows Media Center up to date with the TV Pack bits? I’m not sure… but maybe during my Windows 7 briefings this week I can dig up some answers.

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  • bluvg said:

    What kind of problems have you had with your WRT610N?  I have the dual-band Netgear (WNDR3300), and I regret buying it--the reliability has been awful, and that's aside from what I've found to be a useless dual-band feature.  Making matters worse, the web interface offers no way to reboot it remotely (as far as I can tell), so the daily router reboots are a low-tech unplug-and-replug affair (not exactly what you'd hope for in a relatively expensive consumer Wi-Fi router).  The only way I've been able to get a stable wireless connection is by dialing back to 54 Mbps speed... at that point, it works well enough, though it still requires reboots.  I've tried it with a couple different 802.11abgn cards, including the one Netgear makes.  I had my doubts about 802.11n in the first place, but we have an Aruba abgn network at work, and it works beautifully there.

    Previously, I had a Belkin Pre-N router--best consumer Wi-Fi gear I've ever purchased.  Never--not once--dropped the connection.  I didn't take advantage of the 802.11n capability, but I didn't really care--the improved wireless stability was well worth it (and router reboots were required no more than once every other month or so).  I gave it to a friend, otherwise I'd be using it again in a heartbeat.

    October 26, 2008 7:45 PM