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Old March 28th, 2007, 02:08 PM
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Test your router for Vista compatability

The Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool checks your Internet router to see if it supports certain technologies. You can use this tool on a PC running either the Windows Vista or Windows XP operating system. The tool is intended to be run from a home network behind a home Internet (NAT) router.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/usi...d/default.mspx
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Old March 28th, 2007, 07:53 PM
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Thanks Eric, its looks interesting I'll have to give it a try later. I would like to point out that it does appear to needs to be accessed through IE to work properly.

BTW - If you feel like attaching a simple summary of what it tests and what it means to the basic user that would be great.
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Old March 29th, 2007, 03:07 AM
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This is pretty slick! I just ran it from XP and found it fairly useful. A few of the tests though only on run on Vista.

Thanks Eric (ecross)!

Test 1 - Basic Internet Connectivity Test Supported
Test 2 - Network Address Translator Type Supported
Test 3 - Traffic Congestion Test Not Run
Test 4 - TCP High Performance Test Not Run
Test 5 - UPnP Support Test Not Run
Test 6 - Multiple Simultaneous Connection States Test Supported
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Old March 29th, 2007, 01:53 PM
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What's the make and model of router you are using twistedcranium? Many of the devices that fail will pass with newer firmware.
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Old March 29th, 2007, 02:31 PM
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I'm currently using a Netgear RP614 v2 4 port. It runs fairly well for my two XP machines and my Fedora Core 5 machine.
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Old March 29th, 2007, 02:40 PM
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Information about the test itself.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/usi.../moreinfo.mspx
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Old March 29th, 2007, 06:42 PM
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I have a D-Link DIR-625 Rangebooster which has been given the Windows Vista logo approval.

The test failed me on uPnP and Multiple Simultaneous Connection States Test and
Network Address Translator Type.

For the NAT test, unfortunately in the D-Link it states
the NAT does not respond to unsolicited incoming requests on any port

My uPnP is disabled but I do have it, it's just not enabled.
Multiple Simultaneous Connection States I can do over 80 (the test does 80 connections)
but if you can't ping me then you will get no results from ports.

So basically I have everything that the tool says I failed. This tools can only tell you if the
"item" it seeks is "on" or "off". It certainly isn't an indicator of whether the router has or
has-not the capability of the specific test item.

If you have to be that savvy to decipher what the tool is telling you then I don't think it's a
good tool for novices. They may assume their router is not up-2-snuff and go buy another
one and fail some more tests.

If you look at the Show me routers which have received a Windows Vista logo link at
the bottom of the finished test then you'll see my DIR-625 in the approved list.

Much-to-do-about nuthin' I think. The progress graphics were cool on the test, never seen
that on a page before.

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Old March 29th, 2007, 10:35 PM
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Much-to-do-about nuthin' I think. The progress graphics were cool on the test, never seen
that on a page before.

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I have to say I was disappointed that tests 3 & 4 were disabled for XP. Not sure why they require Vista, being a cynic I have to wonder if its MS's way of making it look like Vista offers more that XP.

The is a button to show more details on the tests and for UPnP it shows clearly that it failed because it wasn't enabled on my machine. It was nice to see that it could tell, but from a usability point of view I think it would have been better to state that on the main report page.


When I finally get Vista installed I'll have to try the other tests and see how they look.
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