The Case of Vista Multimedia Playback and Network Throughput

Mark Russinovich has a great post today on the what and how of the network/multimedia vista issue that people have recently been talking about. Amusingly enough a couple people on /. more or less figured it out, but are only modded 3 and lower. Go Figure. — Ari

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Winsock SO_EXCLUSIVEADDRUSE on Vista

I’ve been asked a couple times about the socket option SO_EXCLUSIVEADDRUSE on Vista and especially how it relates to dual stack sockets. The following doc link describes the basic idea of this socket option: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms740621.aspx However, it hasn’t been updated with any Vista specific behavior. We’re working on updating that doc but it takes a…

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The Importance of 5GHz Operation for Video

Recently, I read a great article on ZDNet that discusses the challenges IEEE 802.11n faces with 2.4GHz operation. The article is appropriately titled The Consequences of Abandoning the 5GHz Frontier, and discusses some history, backward compatibility, and interference. The important takeaway from this article is if you want a premium experience of video and other…

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Wireless Routers That Rock: First Works With Vista Router

Congratulations to D-Link (powered by Ubicom) for being the first ever to acheive a Windows Vista logo for the DIR-655 wireless router. While Buffalo acheived the premium “Certified for Windows Vista” logo, D-Link was first to meet the baseline “Works with Windows Vista” requirements (months ago). What’s the difference between the two you ask? First, the requirements…

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Wireless Routers That Rock: First Certified For Vista Router

Congratulations to Buffalo for being the first to acheive a Certified for Windows Vista logo for their dual-band WZR-AG300NH wireless router.   In short, this device passed over eight hours worth of rigerous testing designed to ensure a fantastic experience of Windows Vista scenarios; including HD video streaming from Media Center to Media Center Extenders over…

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Windows Vista Networking Goodies, Part 2: Device & Service Discovery

In my first post of this series, I talked about Windows Connect Now (WCN) and how easy it is in Windows Vista to discover, configure, and securely connect devices to a wireless network. In this post, I’ll talk about how to discover PCs, devices, and services that are available on the network. In Windows XP,…

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Windows Vista Networking Goodies, Part 1: Windows Connect Now

In addition to a completely re-written core networking stack, Windows Vista makes networking a significantly easier proposition for home, small business, and enterprise users. In this multi-part series, I’ll describe some new features which greatly simplify the experience of connecting to and configuring new wireless networks, discovering devices and services on the network, and finally…

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Winsock Header Weirdness

There are two main Winsock headers used depending on which version your application needs. There is winsock.h for Winsock v1.x and winsock2.h for Winsock v2.x and they are mutually exclusive. That is, if you include both header files you will see a lot of compilation errors.  As you may know, windows.h includes a lot of…

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LLTD is Available for Non-Windows Platforms

Exciting news; the Windows Rally Development Kit was publicly released today on the Windows Rally technologies website! This porting kit is royalty free and provides full source code for an embedded Linux (yes, you read that correctly) reference implementation. Although Linux was used as a reference, this code is designed for easy porting to other platforms, which…

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