Wifi connection level lower on Ubuntu than on Windows

Karl Larsen k5di at zianet.com
Fri Nov 21 12:56:10 UTC 2008

Vincent Arnoux wrote:
> Hello,
> I have an issue with my installed 8.10 (it was also the case in 8.04): at
> work where I have a pretty low reception level for the Wifi connection, I
> can connect reasonably easily when booted on Windows (even if it disconnects
> sometimes). But when boted on Ubuntu, the wifi network is often not seen at
> all, and even if it can find it, I won't be able to connect (failing at "get
> an IP address" step). There is no problem with the configuration itself as
> when I move to another room where the signal I stronger, I can connect from
> Ubuntu.
> I am using a Panasonic CF-W5 that has an Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG wifi
> chipset. I am thinking two things:
> 1) For some reason, the wifi board is not powerful enough due to a "laptop
> configuration battery saving" mode on Ubuntu
> 2) The driver I use (standard one) with Ubuntu is not good enough and I
> should install Windows one on Ubuntu.
> Can anyone help?
> Thanks,
> Vincent
    Your dealing with a tiny amount of signal it appears. The 
sensativity of your WiFi can be helped IF you can get to the antenna 
port on your laptop. Both of mine do not have this but if yours does, 
then buy a WiFi directional antenna. That will get you twice the signal 
where you work.



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