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Old 02-29-2016, 05:02 PM   #1
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[LINUX MINT] Having trouble maintaining a Wi-Fi connection.

This is Linux Mint 17.3. I've heard there were some security issues recently so I know I'm taking a chance even using it. But what's going on is it can connect to my Wi-Fi when I boot up, but it has trouble maintaining the connection. This is what my iwconfig output looks like right this minute:

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:"BHNTG1672G5B62"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: 90:1A:CA:FE:5B:60
Bit Rate=72.2 Mb/s Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry short limit:7 RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thrff
Power Managementff
Link Quality=70/70 Signal level=10 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:2 Missed beacon:0

lo no wireless extensions.
Old 03-01-2016, 09:58 AM   #2
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OK, somebody suggested to me that the Bluetooth on my laptop might be fighting with the Wi-Fi. So I'll turn off Bluetooth for a while to see if that helps since I wasn't really using it anyway.
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I will share my experience in case it helps.

I have a Mint computer that from time to time drops the wireless connection, usually overnight. The odd thing is that it's sporadic--it may maintain the connection for a week or more, and then will go through a period of drops, then return to a period of stability.

I would guess that it's about 70 feet from the wireless access point and down a flight of stairs. When the computer was located closer to the access point, the issue occurred much less frequently.

Because of the sporadic incidence of the issue and the fact that it's affected two completely different computers with different wireless chipsets and different installed distros, I have concluded that, at least in my case, it's something environmental, perhaps in one of the adjoining units of the condo, as we are in a small multi-unit building.

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