WiFi and other issues addressed in new Surface RT update

As promised, Microsoft has released a number of new software patches for its various software and hardware products as part of its monthly "Patch Tuesday" update. These series of releases include 12 security updates that fix a total of 57 separate security-related issues for software such as Windows 8, Windows RT and Internet Explorer 10.

Microsoft has also made a new software update available specifically for its Surface tablet running on Windows RT. In a post on the Microsoft Community forum, an official moderator stated that this update will "address several 'Limited' Wi-Fi connections issues." Microsoft has been working to improve the WiFi features on the Surface RT tablet in previous software updates.

In addition, Microsoft said the Surface RT software update will have "driver updates improving performance with Windows, Volume and Power buttons." Specifics about the driver improvements were not revealed. The tablet will download the update automatically or owners can force the update to download.

Microsoft just launched the Surface Pro tablet, running on Windows 8 Pro, a few days ago. However, there's no indication that Microsoft has provided owners of the new tablet a software update for this month. It's likely that Microsoft will wait until March's "Patch Tuesday" to give those users their first software update, unless a security issue pops up beforehand.

Source: Microsoft

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ASZ20 said,
Forget about stupid RT wifi issues, fix the wifi problem in Windows 8!

What WiFi issues? I've been using 8 on my laptop since it was released and I've had 0 problems with the WiFi.

Dashel said,
Yea, thats new to me too. Does cycling Airplane mode restore connectivity like on RT? Using OEM driver?

Yeah, my Samsung smart pc has no WiFi issues.

The Issue is that sometimes if I wake my laptop up, the wifi isn't connected and I have to manually choose my network. Then sometimes if the internet is connected it's locked at a slower speed until I disable and re-enable and connect. Even then it sometimes takes a couple tries to get it at its best. It's clearly not my fault because in online games like TF2, if my ping is 50-60ms I just reset it and then it's like 10ms.

There are problems with some WiFi cards. Some Atheros chips just won't work with AES (only TKIP), which is probably driver-related, but still, the result is a WiFi card that works with Win7 but doesn't with Win8.

No real WiFi problems on Win8 that I heard of...
Most likely just driver issues. I had some issues with one of my USB WiFi adapters (TP-Link) until they released a proper Win8 driver (had to reconnect the adapter every time after sleep). After driver update no problems at all...

I can confirm that after a sleep, no standby, I often have to remove Wifi adapter and replace. I have stopped allowing OS to power off Wifi adapter to see if that resolves. But I have no "active" WiFi issue.

ASZ20 said,
The Issue is that sometimes if I wake my laptop up, the wifi isn't connected and I have to manually choose my network. Then sometimes if the internet is connected it's locked at a slower speed until I disable and re-enable and connect. Even then it sometimes takes a couple tries to get it at its best. It's clearly not my fault because in online games like TF2, if my ping is 50-60ms I just reset it and then it's like 10ms.

I have that issue with Microsoft provided driver and Belkin N300 nano USB adapter. Since you mention a driver resolved the issue, I will stop using Microsoft's driver and download driver from Belkin.

nenki31 said,
No real WiFi problems on Win8 that I heard of...
Most likely just driver issues. I had some issues with one of my USB WiFi adapters (TP-Link) until they released a proper Win8 driver (had to reconnect the adapter every time after sleep). After driver update no problems at all...

does anyone know if its finally possible to have a us surface rt connect to european wifi channels 12+13? or if its somehow possible to chnge the firmware of the wifi module?

In addition, Microsoft said the Surface RT software update will have "driver updates improving performance with Windows, Volume and Power buttons."

Does that mean no more static on volume buttons?

I charged the battery to 100% then unplugged the tablet and started the updates all the updates that were release that day there was a firmware update included as well.
During the updates install the screen flashed to an error screen for a brief moment and then restarted when it restarted it then indicated that there was “no battery”.

I plugged the charger back on to top up the battery and the “no battery” message is now gone but it is now periodically not coming out of sleep mode when I open the touch cover it just stays on a black screen and then restart and then loads into windows fine.

Before all of this my tablet was fine for the most part but I am not sure if it is related to a possible hardware problem on 3 occasions while playing 3 different games the screen would go all funky colors pink, green and I would have to restart for it to go back to normal.

I am doing a full reinstall now to see if the problem continue and I can not get answer tech chat on the Microsoft website to work it only give me the option for advance replacement which I might do it I can't speak to anyone at Microsoft about it.

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