Solved Stop adapter from going to sleep

Dell / Optiplex 980
April 24, 2018 at 01:40:56
Specs: Windows 10, core i5 8GB DDR3
Is there a way to prevent the wifi adapter from going to sleep when computer does? I already unchecked the box: allow computer to turn off device to save power.

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#1
April 24, 2018 at 05:14:53
For what reason you want the Wifi adapter active during "sleep" mode?
Sleep mode will shutdown the CPU and almost everything else except RAM.

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#2
April 24, 2018 at 11:35:57
Because...when it sleeps it takes a long time to wake up after waking the computer but when the computer doesnt sleep the adapter starts working right away. If you are going to suggest updating driver I already have.

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#3
April 24, 2018 at 16:19:29
That would make sense would it not?

When the computer is "awake" then the software/drivers etc. are active and the card is available (providing the wifi switch is on). In sleep mode the wifi software/drivers aren't active; as the system is in effect non active... (i.e. asleep)?

Ethernet option (wake on lan) is a different kettle of fish...

My Macs exhibit the same effect with wifi taking a moment or three (or more...) to reactivate from sleep mode; but ethernet is there somewhat sooner.


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#5
April 24, 2018 at 23:13:32
trvlr: wifi taking a moment or three (or more...) to reactivate from sleep
I wish it was only that. Sometimes the wifi never recovers and I need to replug the USB adapter or restart the computer to work. It seems to be the driver is not good enough but there is no better one.

Johnw: These settings work perfectly for me.
I am coming to a conclusion that there is NO way to do what I asked for. Under the circumstances this plan seems to be the best.


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#6
April 25, 2018 at 02:04:02
@ Gentleman - based on your last response I can appreciate the phrustrayshun..

This is usb plug in wifi adapter! I’m wondering if it’s a usb compatability issue, and if the plug in adapter is really fully compatible with win-10; but might be ok with earlier versions of windoze. Can you borrow another adapter to see if that test one exhibits the same problem?


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#7
April 25, 2018 at 02:53:03
@ trvlr - Yes this is a good possibility. will try another and report.

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#8
April 25, 2018 at 06:29:33
I used to use Belkin early usb adapters and found them a true PIA. I couldn't get them to work at all; similarly one made by Speedtouch was - to put it mildly - unreliable... That was in my XP days of yore...

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#9
April 27, 2018 at 23:02:42
@ trvlr : I tried a TP link adapter and it made a lot of difference. The connection is restored a few moments after computer wakes up. The old adapter was MediaTek 802.11ac. It came with its own win10 driver but with the recent windows updates it didnt seem to keep up with them. It looks like it is time to buy a new one.

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