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WirelessZeroConfig on XP = ??? on Win 7

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by fairnooks, Jan 25, 2011.

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  1. fairnooks

    fairnooks Banned Thread Starter

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    In XP, if one is playing something over the network on a wireless connection, there are usually (always?) little dropouts every so often caused by Wireless Zero Configuration service. So once its connected, simply disabling the service causes those dropouts to go away and playback is smooth and steady.

    Well, in Windows 7 I have those same dropouts over wireless but, no Wireless Zero Configuration service to disable. So what is the equivalent or what needs to be done to make it quite checking the connection so that playback will be as smooth as it is with XP?

    I've tried disabling a couple of sevices that were associated to wireless (WLAN Autoconfig) but so far I've only managed to completely bonk the connection.
     
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    WLAN AutoConfig is the greatly improved version of WZC, and as you discovered it is mandatory for wireless. Are you sure it is the cause of the disconnects? I'm not saying it's impossible, but don't think I have experienced any with Vista or Windows 7.

    Any chance there is wireless interference from another network or 2.4 GHz device?
     
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    fairnooks Banned Thread Starter

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    Its not disconnecting, just momentary dropouts exactly as experienced on XP without WZC disabled. I do have another wireless network on opposite ends of the channel spectrum so I suppose, maybe? The drivers for the adapter seem to work better with XP as I can connect and hold steady over RDP whereas 7 kicks the bucket very quickly after I log in so maybe it is not interfacing with the service very well? I get identical behavior from two Win7 systems, both of which have the same model adapter.
     
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    What adapter (brand and model)? Do you have the latest driver (from the PC manufacturer for an integrated adapter)?
     
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    fairnooks Banned Thread Starter

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    Netgear WG111v3 Wireless-G USB Adapter

    Win 7 driver version: 62.1181.1118.2009 (WHQL certified)


    I exited the adapter configuration and smart wireless utility that Netgear uses and the connection works more consistently, only a dropout every few minutes and not consistent ( so far, so there may be another cause for those). The driver dates back to when 7 first come out but I've not found any more recent.
     
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