So my laptop, a Dell, decided a while back that it knew best how to save battery life. There used to be explicit options for “turn off the network after n minutes when not plugged in” but this disappeared and I now have very opaque settings.
and it is extremely keen on killing the network, which in turn screws up several things
Some googling suggests that I could twiddle a registry key (really? really?) to show the network management in the tab above but I haven’t gone that far.
Today I was trying to download some stuff and noticed that it was pretty slow. The battery was quite flat so I went and fetched the main cable, plugged it in, and suddenly the download rate went through the roof.
Coincidence, or does Windows actually throttle network throughput when on the battery?
If it does then that’s some dumb shit IMO.