I guess if you never had the problem there's no reason to hear about it.
I was googling for a solution and there were so many results from people having the same issue, all saying I know there's nothing wrong with wi-fi/network/ethernet/router etc etc because Linux is connected, and as is the usual way of things, people responding on the various forums and articles would say "I have this too"
It's not just me. I know of others who have no issue. Is it something peculiar with that hardware? The only issues I've had have been due to Windows, such as having to turn off fast start in W10, or making sure Windows doesn't touch the hardware clock.
When they say "I have this too", is there any sort of pattern?
As JamesK said, Win10 fast start may be making assumptions about the state of the hardware. Win10 is not very Linux aware so booting Linux may change the state of the ethernet port in ways that Win10 or the Win10 driver does not know about. Fast start is basically a resume from hibernation so some hardware may not be fully initialized. I've seen hardware stop working on resume even without Linux dual boot. I would be turning off fast start in the BIOS and in Win10.
Point taken. Some of the same things could be said of Win7, less the fast start. If it hasn't been done already, I'd be looking at the Windows NIC drivers. A lot of motherboards used in Windows PCs use Realtek NICs and they can be very finicky, especially with the drivers MS provides.
I had an old Dell netbook that I considered converting just as you say. I tried LL on that, booting from the thumbdrive only just to get an idea but the screen was really too small. I also tried it just from the thumbdrive on what was then my main laptop. No internet issues on either although maybe the installation on the third attempt made the difference.
We have BellAliant's excellent fibreop, all laptops involved working well wirelessly.
I was just a bit curious and thought let's have a spare that runs one of these alternatives that I hear so much about. It's no longer something to follow through as with a couple of new purchases in the home we now have good ones to fall back on.