Windows 8 to Have Greatly Improved Wi-Fi Connection Times

Earlier on we learned about the new steps Microsoft is taking in making Windows 8 the most wireless connection-friendly version yet with its simplified and integrated Wi-Fi and mobile broadband controls.

Buried in some of that information was a brief comparison highlighting how much better Windows 8 will be at picking up Wi-Fi networks as compared to Windows 7, particularly when resuming from standby. In fact, according to Microsoft, Windows 8 will be 11 times faster than Windows 7.

"When you resume from standby, Windows can also reconnect you faster to your preferred Wi-Fi networks by optimizing operations in the networking stack, and providing your network list, connection information, and hints to your Wi-Fi adapter," Billy Anders, a group program manager on Microsoft's devices and networking team, explained. "Now when your PC resumes from standby, your Wi-Fi adapter already has all the information it needs to connect to your preferred Wi-Fi networks. This means you can reconnect your PC to a Wi-Fi network from standby in about a second –oftentimes before your display is even ready. You do not have to do anything special for this – Windows just learns which networks you prefer and manages everything for you. This work was a major part of the architectural work we did in the networking stack and with our hardware partners."

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  • This is what should happen in a new Windows version. Enhance, refine, fix, allow. Don't fix a wheel that isn't broken. Oh and make there there is an easy to find "Metro OFF" button.
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  • Windows7 flow
    1) Scan all networks for a long time
    2) Is the preferred network around?
    ---Yes
    3) Connect to preferred network

    Windows8 flow
    1) Is the preferred network around?
    ---Yes
    2) Connect to the preferred network.

    WOW! Really improved!
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  • 4745454bIs this even needed? I have win7 on my laptop. (2.xxGHz single core, 1GB ram.) When I bring it back from standby at my work where I connect wirelessly its connected to works wifi by the time its down waking up. I've never timed this but it feels like around 5-7 seconds at most. I never even see the wireless symbol down by the clock looking, its just "connected". This behavior isn't normal?


    Every improvement is needed. I don't know why your laptop takes 5-7 to wake from sleep, but mine is instant. Then I have to wait a small while before I can use the internet while the connection (wired or wireless) connects, which is annoying. If they can making connecting almost instantaneous that would help a lot.
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  • This is what should happen in a new Windows version. Enhance, refine, fix, allow. Don't fix a wheel that isn't broken. Oh and make there there is an easy to find "Metro OFF" button.
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  • Is this even needed? I have win7 on my laptop. (2.xxGHz single core, 1GB ram.) When I bring it back from standby at my work where I connect wirelessly its connected to works wifi by the time its down waking up. I've never timed this but it feels like around 5-7 seconds at most. I never even see the wireless symbol down by the clock looking, its just "connected". This behavior isn't normal?
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  • no that is normal behavior. they just improving windows 7 with better and more stable. they fix the copying pasting it works better, they fix the wifi been taking long time and add touch screen system. They just making os better.
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