Wireless Routers Compatible with Windows® Vista
Issues regarding wireless routers compatible with Windows Vista
A wireless router is a device that performs the function of a router as well as a wireless access point. It is an Ethernet device in a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) that determines the next network point to which a packet should be forwarded toward its destination. A wireless router works in the same way as the router in a hard-wired home or business Local Area Network (LAN), but allows greater mobility for notebooks or portable computers. The individual computers are equipped with small wireless transceivers that can be plugged into either a USB port or PC card slot. A router allows you to connect one or more computers with each other at a time. The computers can be connected to the router either with a wire (called an Ethernet Cable), or without wires. Windows Vista had compatibility problem with wireless routers. It also has problem in recognizing the DHCP broadcast flag that a router would broadcast to the clients, or it did not support broadcast flags at all. There are wireless routers that are compatible with Windows Vista®. You are advised to prefer routers that have a tagline saying that they are Windows Vista compatible.
Common issues that can come with the wireless routers compatible with Windows Vista are as follows:
- Router gets slow
- Problems with Internet connection
- Misconfiguration of router
Router gets slow
One of the common issues that can occur with the wireless router is its slowing down. The router becomes slow over time, and restarting helps for a short time. It shows problems like slow web-interface, or cannot connect at all to web interface, slowing down the transfer of data such as browsing, not responding to ping after a reboot, router crash or even rebooting.
Problems with Internet connection
The Internet connection gets interrupted if there are any problems with the wireless router. Your properly working computer might stop connecting to the network and to the Internet due to errors with the router. This can be due to an overload on router. The router might be busy processing applications loaded in it. You can try removing unwanted or seldom used applications to take off the load from the router.
A router manages IP addresses. Within the router table, each IP address is associated with a network interface that is to be used in forwarding packets having that address. However, routing loops occur when router tables are misconfigured. When a router table is accidentally misconfigured, a loop in the network may result from it. This will cause a data packet being continuously cycled between two or more routers.