Wireless performance

Discussion in 'Linux, BSD and Other OS's' started by sabashuali, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. sabashuali

    sabashuali Ani Ma'amin

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    For one reason or another, I have got Windows running again on my laptop. Very long story but I am soon to go back to my preferred Debian.

    One thing I have noticed is that although the laptop is crawling again, the wireless performance is way, way better using windows.

    When using Debian, I use the ath5k driver by default, as in I did not have to do anything to get wireless working out of the box. However, speeds are normally about 25% to 30% lower, if not more and not very reliable. Set up is exactly the same but man, performance is much better under windows.... :x:

    Is anyone experiencing the same? Is there anyway of boosting wireless connection with ath5k?

    Ta, very moch for looking... :cool:
     
  2. Anti-Trend

    Anti-Trend Nonconformist Geek Staff Member

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    I've got a similar chipset on my ATOM-based mini-ITX media center, which is running Debian Lenny and the ATOM kernel from the HWF repos. The wireless reception on that chipset is *sweet* in 2.6.32.xx. Which kernel are you running on your Deb box?

    EDIT: I take it back, it seems to be a more advanced chipset after all:

     
  3. sabashuali

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    Hey AT. Thanks for responding.
    I was using Debian Testing running the latest HWF Kernel (as you already noted 2.6.32.xx).

    Perhaps I should look into getting a better chipped wifi card?
     
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    For a chipset of that age, you might try madwifi and see how it works for you.
     
  5. sabashuali

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    Given... unfortunately, when I try to use the module-assistant it cannot get the source (madwifi was dropped in Lenny and onwards.... I think :x:). I know it sounds pathetically lame but this obviously means that I will need to build madwifi from source after getting the source outside the Dedian repositories... right?
     
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    Looks like it's in non-free:

    ...Or you could just download the latest source from madwifi.org and build it yourself. :) They do have rather good instructions on how to build and install it in Debian IIRC.

    http://madwifi-project.org/
     
  7. sabashuali

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    Cool... Thanks AT. I will give it a go when I am back with the real stuff... :cool:
     

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