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Because Microsoft knows best

I’ve spent most of the evening working on a new router to get the Head Rat’s laptop hooked up wirelessly.  It’s a new Linksys router and it set up just fine on the desktop.  It even connected fine via cable to the laptop.  Unfortunately, every time I tried to turn on the wireless adapter, the router crashed.  After a couple of hours, I started looking online for a solution.

Buried in a forum somewhere, I discovered that this is just another example of Miscrosoft deciding that it knows best and then not bothering to tell you about it.  Windows Vista automatically decides that if you are going to connect wirelessly you should do so using TCP/IP v4 and TCP/IP v6.  Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any hardware that uses TCP/IP v6 yet.  And, some hardware (specifically like my new Linksys router) isn’t capable of dealing with requests processed using TCP/IP v6 and therefore crashes.  But, of course, Microsoft thinks you should have TCP/IP v6 capability now, so it is included and enabled in Vista.  And they don’t tell you about it.

My router problem got fixed by simply disabling the TCP/IP v6 for the wireless adapter.  It’s a matter of unchecking a box on the adapter properties page.  Works fine now.  Well enough that I’m writing this on the laptop, sitting in bed, watching “Jumper” on TV.  (Probably, TMI but that’s what you get sometimes here in the Ratlands.)

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Rat Jr.No Gravatar | July 30, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if cox is behind time warner then. Because once everything was ironed out up here and all the appropriate drivers were downloaded, I could hook up to the wireless just fine….

    Anyway, it’s cool that you guys are wireless now. ^.^

  2. Daniel DrumeaNo Gravatar | August 7, 2009 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I understand your frustration but come on… You know the old adage maybe “stupid is not the one who requests but the one who delivers”. The router should have known better. Obviously, its software is very poorly written if it doesn’t know how to deal with unsupported protocols. Nevertheless, I acknowledge my bias towards Microsoft.

  3. cziltangNo Gravatar | August 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Well, I’ve at least partially revised my opinion of the situation after having spent an entire afternoon banging my head against the wall over router issues. But, I have an ongoing bias against what I perceive as Microsoft’s organizational arrogance. In this case, I think it manifests itself as a presumption that anyone running Vista will also have the latest and greatest of peripherals.

    I’m a big fan of adages, but strangely enough, I’m not familiar with the adage you mention. Always cool to hear a new one.

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