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Old 09-13-2013, 04:41 AM   #1
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WiFi routers

Im trying to move from Windows to Linux. I've found that Linux is not too WiFi friendly. I'm currently using a Lenovo T420 with built in WiFi. I can connect and use my Android as a hotspot, however, when I connect to my Sierra Elevate, it drops the connection within a few seconds. Ive tried to install the Windows driver for the Sierra, with no success. I am going to add (purchase) a WiFi router to my network and am a little concern I will have troubles. If there are any recommendations for a router, and or a fix for the Sierra problem I would really appreciate the help.
Old 09-13-2013, 06:17 AM   #2
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I've only used two since I've been running Linux: a Netgear DG834G and a Linksys WRT54GL. The Netgear started losing connections occasionally, so I got the Linksys and installed Tomato firmware on it, using the Netgear in modem only mode, and have had no problems since. Newer routers are dual-band, so they might be worth checking out.
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I assume that you got the intel N 6205 wireless chip-set. These should work.
Make sure you got the right firmware for it installed. Also make sure that there is no interference from other access points.
Here is some more information on the wifi.

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Thanks for the help
Old 09-21-2013, 07:48 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by dean1650 View Post
Thanks for the help
Btw. Linux is very wifi friendly

It used to be quite difficult, but now most cards work just fine.
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As far as routers go if they follow the relevant standard then it shouldn't matter which router you use. I don't know which routers I've use apart from the "Cisco" WRT54n I have at the moment and my old Belkin "g" router but I've managed to connect in hotels, bars and coffee shops all over the place without issue.
If I found a router that didn't work with Linux, Android or any other standards compliant clients I'd send it back as not fit for purpose and I'd also consider reporting it to trading standards as being falsely advertised and fake goods.


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