Vista and unknown routers

There are times that I have unusual ways of retrieving information… and this is one of those unusual ways that I have of remembering where to get this nugget that I do on laptops where I’m not sure where exactly they’ll be hanging off of.  It’s probably not what you think.  It’s not an encryption step, nor is it extra heavy duty security or something, it’s a setting to ensure that if I’m not sure what kind of router that Vista will be stuck to, and it’s going to be with a non geeky person, that I’m sending it off as proactively as I can to be able to connect to possibly older routers and what not.


Like, for example the Vista laptop that I sent with a partner to the Philippines.  Sent it with all the necessary remote access protection, but because I wasn’t 100% sure what sort of router he’d be connecting to, I did this command before I sent it off just in case.


So here’s the trick of the fastest way I know to find this setting as you know I’m not a command line person at heart and just remember it’s netsh interface …somethingorother….


First, point your browser to Steve Riley’s blog.  In the search box put in the word “hotel” and voila…. http://blogs.technet.com/steriley/archive/2006/11/21/windows-vista-vs-hotels.aspx


netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled


I’m sure others know better ways to find that information or have that memorized.. but for me… it works as a short cut way to get that info on any laptop that I may not be assured that it’s going to be hanging off of modern routing equipment. 


P.S. I sent a Vista laptop with a partner who only has XP and had him use it for a week before he left.  I showed him UAC before he left but left it turned on and not adjusted to silently elevate in admin approval mode.  I left it “as is”.  I am honestly finding that it’s the admins that are the ones that complain the most about UAC.  If you explain to the end users what it is, how it works, what to expect and set up the machine so that it really shouldn’t be showing up much at all, it’s really not as big of a thing as people think in my opinion.  It’s all in the deployment.

5 Thoughts on “Vista and unknown routers

  1. JamesB on October 28, 2007 at 1:08 pm said:

    I love that you posted on this topic as I just had an issue with this same stupidity of Vista this week.

    I’m sitting in a wifi cafe doing my paperwork and two young high school girls are at the next table and can’t get online. Being the nice guy I am I offered to take a look at there it was, “Wifi local only”. So I need to run the command you list above but guess what, there’s that UAC prompt that you say you never see. Oh well just click “ok” right and move on, NOT. The gals don’t have the admin password because their mom setup the notebook.

    So for one there is that nasty little UAC prompt you never say shows up. Second this whole issue is a result in MS making a change from something that worked just fine in XP to something that basically screws up with a large number of “non-Microsoft” DHCP servers (ya know those home routers we all have) for no apparent reason other than they wanted to chage it. Lastly this useless change wasted the afternoon for these two gals as they were there to work on a report for school and their mom wasn’t coming back for two hours.

    Vista, Business ready? Not in my businesses or customers.

  2. bradley on October 28, 2007 at 1:13 pm said:

    Maybe their Mom doesn’t want them online in the coffeeshop?

    :-)

  3. bradley on October 28, 2007 at 1:36 pm said:

    Honestly sounds more like they needed to launch the browser and log into tmobile. My vista works fine on any Linksys or Starbucks. It’s just hotels that I personally have seen this behavior.

  4. I have batch files for enabling and disabling the autotuning in Vista on my laptop. Some of the places I admin, it has to be turned off or it’s extremely painful to work over RDP with mouse actions taking 15-30 seconds to register.

  5. Maybe their mother would rather have the kids be inconvenienced for a few days than have a stranger in a Starbucks enter administrative commands? I’m tempted to say that JamesB’s comments show the benefit, rather than the downside, of UAC. JamesB can write down the command for the girls (in a Notepad window, even), so they can take the command to their mother to assess as to whether or not it’s appropriate.
    Ready for business? It’s nice to have a laptop where the road warrior salesman isn’t going to let John Random Stranger administer it. Now if we could only prevent them from giving away their BitLocker USB keys as parting gifts to customers.

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