Resuming from sleep and Wake on Lan signal from Xbox360 extender

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Tac-Elf, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. Tac-Elf

    Tac-Elf Guest

    Configuration is pretty simple:
    - Vista (32-bit) Ultimate box used primarily as a household Media Center
    Server
    - Box is configured to sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity
    - All drivers are inbox, and all hardware is "Vista" logo'd.
    - Multimedia (power settings) mode is set to "Prevent idling to sleep" when
    sharing multimedia
    - Wake on Lan configured (as per the network adaptor)
    - A number of Xbox 360 used as Media Center Extenders

    The problem:
    Vista box sleeps after 30 minutes following the last extender disconnection
    -- just as planned. When an extender comes online, the correct packet is
    sent and the Vista box wakes up. However, the network connection between the
    Vista box and the extender always fails after about 30 seconds. If, after
    waiting about 10 minutes, I retry letting the extender connect then a solid
    connection is made.

    What seems obvious to me is the intention is clearly there for an Xbox 360
    (or other V2 extender) to wake the Vista box -- like I said, the right
    packets are getting sent and received *and* the Vista box is waking. It just
    won't sustain a stable network connection, which points at a Vista bug. This
    bug is costing me about $700 per year in electricity charges to keep the
    Vista box running 24/7; the only viable workaround at the moment.
     
    Tac-Elf, Oct 22, 2007
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  2. I think you should take a look at some of my earlier posts.
    Fred
     
    Frederick Smith, Oct 22, 2007
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  3. Tac-Elf

    Tac-Elf Guest

    Fredreick: The same patch doesn't fix the problem. I've tried running with
    all static IPs on my home network, and that doesn't work either. Any of you
    MVPs want to take a stab at this?
     
    Tac-Elf, Oct 23, 2007
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  4. Can't help with an answer yet, but I have practically identical set up
    (except just the one Xbox 360!) and have the same problem.

    One variation I get is that, even though my Media Center is quite
    quick to come out of (S3) sleep, the Xbox always times out when it
    first tries to contact the Media Center. It has the Try Again or
    Network Settings options. If I leave it, then after a little more
    time (basically I think it's as soon as I get to the login screen on
    the Media Center), the Xbox will spot the Media Center is 100% alive
    and will connect. This works briefly (i.e. I can do stuff on the
    Xbox) but then loses it's connection.

    Didn't have much time at home last night, but will have to do more
    testing to see what is driving this and what happens if I vary
    things. If I make any breakthroughs I'll defo post here again.

    Cheers,
    Neil
     
    neil_m_stoker, Oct 25, 2007
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  5. Tac-Elf

    Tac-Elf Guest

    Basically, that's my problem exactly. Vista box will wake pretty quick, but
    it apparently takes 5-10 minutes for things to settle-down enough for the
    Xbox360 extender to find/sustain a connection to the Vista box.

    Wish I knew what I could use to trouble-shoot this and collect actionable
    data for Microsoft. The only viable solution is leaving the Vista box on 24
    X 7: This is costing my in excess of $700US per year in extra electricity.

    Microsoft: Are you listening? I want to collect data on this for you but
    don't have the tools to do so. I want to help you help me and other
    customers falling into this situation.
     
    Tac-Elf, Nov 14, 2007
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  6. Tac-Elf

    VistaUser Guest

    This thread describes my problem exactly. Any updates since 11/14?
     
    VistaUser, Jan 11, 2008
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