We have identified an enhancement to the software which ships with the N120 netbook to improve the wireless performance of the system when used in a domain networking environment, when the system is booted from cold with the AC power disconnected (in other words, turned on and running on battery).
Potential symptoms of the wireless network connection not being ready quick enough when the system boots include:
Please verify that you are affected by this specific issue: For example, when logged on as local Administrator, can you connect to the wireless network? If you are having problems seeing the wireless network in the network list, or problems with your authentication/encryption, these issues need to be resolved first and again you will not benefit from the software enhancement offered in this article.
The N120 netbook is designed to maximise battery life when the AC power is disconnected. As a result, in some situations, the wireless subsystem may not become available quickly enough to give the user a smooth logon experience when connected to a domain environment.
There are four resolutions below, listed in order of effectiveness or the time required to make the change.
Disable wireless adapter power saving features in the power plan. To do this, either chooce the High Performance Power plan, or modify the Balanced or Power Saver plans to adjust the wireless power saving settings.
Instructions for the Hotkey as a Service Enhancement (Resolution 3)
Full instructions and notes are provided in the readme.txt file included in the package, however please see the brief installation and removal instructions below.
When you install the software, the uninstaller is copied to one of the following locations:
Limitations of Resolution 3
Software Version 0.07 Updated 6/6/14 to change the group policy registry settings to minimise logon delays.