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Old 10-07-2018, 03:04 PM   #1
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Weird Intel AC9260 dual band problem. Cannot connect to 5Ghz wifi AP

Hello All.. My first post here.

Core i7 8550U laptop. 12GB Ram.
Wifi card: Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 9260, REV=0x324
Slackware wifi card firmware version 38.c0e03d94.0

Kernel version 4.18.12 (Slackware & Mint)

I'm currently in the process of setting up my new laptop with multiple Linux distros (don't ask!).
I've got Mint 19 fully installed and working perfectly. I'm presently tweaking Slackware current.

The only problem I had with Mint was with the wifi card. Connections would fail after a couple of seconds. I assumed that this was a firmware problem so I installed Kernel 4.18.12 via ukuu. This fixed the problem.

I'm using two TP-link EAP225 (dual band) wifi access points. One is directly connected to my main VDSL router and the other to a secondary router that is set up for VPN use.
This setup gives me 4 (downstairs) wifi networks. A VPN network on both bands and 1 "open" one on both bands when I need "that little extra" speed.
Everything is working as expected with my other devices.. A mix of W7, Linux Mint, Android, Devuan and a couple of *BSD's.

In Slackware, (Cinnamon and XFCE DEs) any connection to the non-VPN wifi AP fails after a second or two. The system then repeatedly retries, connects for a second and then disconnects.
Connections to the VPN network (either band) are fine.
The only thing that I can see in dmesg is this:

deauthenticating from {non-VPN MAC address} by local choice (Reason: 3=DEAUTH_LEAVING)

This appears after every 3 connection attempts.

What I've Tried:

I compiled and installed the latest stable kernel from source.
Both wifi AP's have identical hardware, firmware and settings (except IP settings, obviously.).

I've tried switching off the wifi on the laptop, powering down & up again (cold boot). Attempts to connect to the non-VPN AP fail in an identical fashion.

I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to look at next...

Any suggestions??


Last edited by bodge99; 10-12-2018 at 06:47 AM.
Old 10-12-2018, 06:57 AM   #2
Registered: Oct 2018
Location: Ashington, Northumberland
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Hello All,

I've found out what the problem was... after spending some time checking and double checking everything I looked more closely at the VDSL router settings. One thing I tried was to disable the IPv6 DHCP server.

The problem then immediately disappeared.

I'm not particularly bothered about IPv6 functionality just yet.. I'll look further into this when I've got some free time.

Back to Slackware tweaking... Devuan next..



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