I have been having a "flaky" connection with my wireless. I have the same laptop as my co-workers and they have not been having an issue, so I know it is not a question of wireless strength.
2.6.15 RC 2 kernel
What happens (problems):
- I often get a timeout during if up (I have to restart my eth0 several times on occassion for dhcpd to be able to get an IP address)
- My signal strength, usually around 90% will drop to 0% for sometimes around a second, sometimes much longer.
I haven't been able to find out why (I am not too familiar with wireless on linux enough to determine how to debug well).
This problem happens when I am in a WEP environment and in a WPA environment
When my signal strength is 0, here is the iwconfig output:
eth0 unassociated ESSID:"..." Nickname:"..."
Mode:Managed Channel=0 Access Point: xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
Bit Rate=0 kb/s Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:... Security mode:open
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
Here is the setup of my card:
# Config information for eth0:
One of my co-workers is on Debian with the same Kernel, and same ipw2200 drivers but does not use wpa_supplicant and has not issues.
Any idea on what the problem is or at least suggestions on how to debug it?