Windows Wi-Fi is broken

Mar 27, 2004

Windows applications is shite. Maybe Windows is too, but it's impossible to tell because of the billions of lines of code in the applications surrounding and obscuring it.

Case in point: Wireless NIC, a fine Netgear MA-401 working flawlessly when running OpenBSD but dropping the connection every few minutes under Windows. It's impossible to use for IRC or reading email over SSH and it's pissing me off. My new D-Link DWL-G650 exhibits the same behavior. I haven't had the chance to try the latter on a Real Operating System™, but I'd be surprised if the FreeBSD ath(4) driver is not much better, i.e. flawless, at least after Windows standards.

Yes, we hates software, a deep heartwarming hate. We feel so alive.

Last edited: May 1, 2016