I recently got myself a shiney new laptop (ECS A532) and installed linux on it. Luckily it wasn't very hard to set up given the usual problems many people tend to experience.
Anyway, the thing that bothers me is the very short range my wireless card (a Ralink RT2500 using the rt2x00 linx drivers
) has. That's a real problem as I have to use WLAN at university to get internet access.
When I am very close (maybe 10 meters (that's approx. 30 feet if I am not mistaken)) and have a clear line of sight to an access point, the connection can be established nicely (using 'ifup ra0'). If I then wander off some place else (where most other students don''t have trouble establishing a connection) the connection usually holds. Also, when the first connection attempt fails (because stupid me tried to connect under less than ideal circumstances) most of the times any subsequent one fails as well, regardless of how strong the signal is this time (ifup-/down-ing every configured interface doesn't help). Next time I start the computer I get another chance to succesfully establish the connection.
Unfortunatelly I don't have any experience setting up and using a wireless network. Do any of you have experience with this card? Is this behavior normal? Is it a hardware problem maybe? Do you know of a workaround to the connect-only-once-every-session problem?
Sorry about the many questions. I'd be very grateful for any help.
Thank you for your help,