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Performance of EVDO/ HSDPA 3G Data Cards on Windows Vista

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  • Performance of EVDO/ HSDPA 3G Data Cards on Windows Vista

    Vista Patch Improves EVDO / HSDPA 3G Card Performance
    Microsoft has released a patch for Vista that improves EVDO Wireless Data Card performance when running under Vista. This patch is NOT available as part of the Vista sofware update, you will need to download the patch directly from Microsoft.
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    You use a 3G wireless wide area network (WWAN) data card on a Windows Vista-based computer. The WWAN data card uses a connection that only receives data. However, you may find that the throughput is much less than the throughput of the same 3G WWAN data card when you use it on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer.
    This problem occurs because of the way that TCP receive window auto tuning is used in Windows Vista for connections that only receive data.

    Windows Vista obtains a round-trip time (RTT) estimate at the time of connection setup and every time that a new segment of data that is transmitted. A connection that only receives data is limited to the single RTT sample that is obtained at the time of connection setup. Because the connection only receives data, the connection cannot "converge" to the actual RTT of the connection. For example, because the RTT data may fluctuate for various reasons, a "converge" operation is performed to estimate a meaningful RTT by using blending current and previous RTT data. However, if the connection cannot converge to the actual RTT of the connection, the bandwidth delay product (BDP) estimate that Vista obtains is also incorrect. Therefore, the connection's receive window is limited, and throughput of the connected transmission network is reduced.

    Note Windows XP does not support the TCP receive window auto tuning feature. Instead, a static value may be configured in the registry to try to improve throughout. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
    Windows The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
    Update for Windows Vista KB940646 - 32-bit Download
    Update for Windows Vista KB940646 - 64-bit Download