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Old 12-19-2014, 10:39 AM   #1
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wifi signal poor


hello i am using an Acer Aspire 5536 laptop running Linux Mint 17 with the Mate desktop.
a couple of months ago my wifi signal started getting lower like 60% and sometimes not connecting,my sky hub is in my front room and i have to be nearly on top of it to get a good signal and yet my Apple macmini upstairs has no trouble.
someone when i was using Peppermint asked for this-

*-network
description: Ethernet interface
product: NetLink BCM5784M Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
logical name: eth0
version: 10
serial: 00:1f:16:ab:91:6e
capacity: 1Gbit/s
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm vpd msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=tg3 driverversion=3.134 firmware=sb v2.19 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
resources: irq:42 memory:f0300000-f030ffff
*-network
description: Wireless interface
product: AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
vendor: Qualcomm Atheros
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:06:00.0
logical name: wlan0
version: 01
serial: 00:24:2c:a2:8c:b0
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion=3.13.0-36-generic firmware=N/A ip=192.168.0.2 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
resources: irq:17 memory:f0400000-f040ffff
03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5784M Gigabit Ethernet PCIe [14e4:1698] (rev 10)
06:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Qualcomm Atheros AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:002a] (rev 01)
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any ideas please?
thank you.
 
Old 12-20-2014, 04:08 AM   #2
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Seems related to this thread. Please open a terminal window (and become root or use sudo if necessary) and type '(ifconfig -a; iwconfig 2>&1) | tee /tmp/iwconfig.txt' then paste / attach contents of "/tmp/iwconfig.txt"?
 
Old 12-20-2014, 07:17 AM   #3
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ifconfig -a
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1f:16:ab:91:6e
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
Interrupt:16

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:65536 Metric:1
RX packets:364 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:364 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:30635 (30.6 KB) TX bytes:30635 (30.6 KB)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:24:2c:a2:8c:b0
inet addr:192.168.0.6 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::224:2cff:fea2:8cb0/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:2134 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:2179 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:1353981 (1.3 MB) TX bytes:371717 (371.7 KB)

john@john-Aspire-5536 ~ $ iwconfig 2>&1) | tee /tmp/iwconfig.txt
bash: syntax error near unexpected token `)'
 
Old 12-20-2014, 07:23 AM   #4
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Quote:
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john@john-Aspire-5536 ~ $ iwconfig 2>&1) | tee /tmp/iwconfig.txt
bash: syntax error near unexpected token `)'
Remove the close bracket & try again...
Code:
iwconfig 2>&1 | tee /tmp/iwconfig.txt
 
Old 12-20-2014, 07:27 AM   #5
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iwconfig 2>&1 | tee /tmp/iwconfig.txt
eth0 no wireless extensions.

lo no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:"geordiejohn"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: C0:3E:0F:3F:32:59
Bit Rate=5.5 Mb/s Tx-Power=16 dBm
Retry short limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
Power Managementff
Link Quality=61/70 Signal level=-49 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:154 Invalid misc:2997 Missed beacon:0

john@john-Aspire-5536 ~ $ attach contents of "/tmp/iwconfig.txt"?
No command 'attach' found, did you mean:
Command 'sattach' from package 'slurm-llnl' (universe)
Command 'attack' from package 'ladr4-apps' (universe)
attach: command not found
 
Old 12-20-2014, 08:14 AM   #6
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i am sorry i cannot seem to enter this command correctly
then paste / attach contents of "/tmp/iwconfig.txt"?
 
Old 12-20-2014, 08:36 AM   #7
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It doesn't matter, you've already posted the output of the command (code tags would be nice, but I've told you that in the CrunchBang forums before to no effect...).

Has your connection always been poor under GNU/Linux?

I'm inclined to believe this is a problem with your Atheros drivers, or maybe NetworkManager itself (as I said last time).

As I don't use Atheros hardware this is just a guess though.
 
Old 12-20-2014, 08:47 AM   #8
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it is only over the last 3 months that i have had problems,i used to be able to use my laptop upstairs in the bedroom,but now i have to be near the sky hub,do you think i would be better off going back to windows?
thank you.
 
Old 12-20-2014, 08:57 AM   #9
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Perhaps.

What have you changed since the signal degraded?

It seems strange that it used to work fine but now it doesn't.

I really don't know what's going on, but there are lots of experts here so hopefully they will have some ideas.
 
Old 12-20-2014, 09:02 AM   #10
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i got a sky hub,but i phoned sky and they said there is nothing wrong with the hub.
thank you very much for your help.
 
Old 12-20-2014, 11:22 AM   #11
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Quote:
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i got a sky hub,but i phoned sky and they said there is nothing wrong with the hub.
thank you very much for your help.
And you expected them to say something different?

So, before you started using the Sky Hub everything worked fine. Since you're using the Sky Hub you're having problems, but only from Linux?
Did you update the hub's firmware to the latest version before setting it up?
Did you remove and make a new setup configuration for Network Manager?

There may technically be "nothing wrong" with your Sky hub, but if that's the only thing that has changed since the problem began and if the problem began the day you started using it then that is where the problem is.
 
Old 12-20-2014, 07:51 PM   #12
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Quote:
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Code:
wlan0     IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:"geordiejohn"  
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: C0:3E:0F:3F:32:59   
          Bit Rate=5.5 Mb/s   Tx-Power=16 dBm   # auch!
          Retry short limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality=61/70  Signal level=-49 dBm  
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:154  Invalid misc:2997   Missed beacon:0   # auch!
Way low bit rate, excessive retries and such may require module tweaking. If you have the "iwlwifi" module loaded, try:
Code:
sudo grep iwlwifi /proc/modules
to see if it is, then using the "11n_disable=" module argument may help. You should be able to reload this with
Code:
sudo rmmod iwlwifi && sudo modprobe iwlwifi 11n_disable=n
where "n" is an integer with value between 1 and 4. If you find a value that works for you (use the previous 'iwconfig' command to check "Tx excessive retries" and "Invalid misc" values after modprobing) create "/etc/modprobe.d/iwlwifi.conf" and add the correct value:
Code:
echo "options iwlwifi 11n_disable=n" > /etc/modprobe.d/iwlwifi.conf
(where "n" is an integer with value between 1 and 4).
 
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sorry but i cannot seem to load iwlwifi
 
Old 12-21-2014, 01:29 PM   #14
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No problem, please post output of
Code:
sudo lsmod
 
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Module Size Used by
ctr 13193 2
ccm 17856 2
bnep 23980 2
rfcomm 75066 0
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