If I put my Windows 8 computer into sleep mode, there is no network connection after I resume the session. If I replug my internet stick into the computer, it works (but stops if I sleep again).
What I do get is that "shutting down" Windows 8 on a desktop, by default, doesn't actually shut it down, but hibernates it (evident by the boot timestamp being a few weeks in the past and no
POST beep). For example, Speccy reports that my last boot was on April 2, 2013 5:51:49 AM PDT, but today is clearly April 7, 2013.
My network stick is a TP-LINK
TL-WN722N. The drivers provided with the CD and on their website don't support Windows 8, but plugging in through Ethernet (REALLY long coax (100ft) cable for router) downloaded the chipset's driver through Windows Update allowing it to work.
Here are some of the specs for my setup (Speccy report):
- Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
- Network Stick: TP-LINK TL-WN722N
- Router: Cisco Valet M20
Windows Update (where it downloaded the driver from in the first place) says that I'm up to date, sans hidden "updates" (Bing toolbar). I doubt this is my router's fault, but I'm not denying the possibility. What could be causing this?