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Re: [opensuse-factory] WiFi performance on 11.2
  • From: Clayton <smaug42@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2009 13:17:01 +0100
  • Message-id: <e29967880911010417w31c983efq1bbacb94575e3d50@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I'm running 11.2RC2 (installed from the KDE4 LiveCD)  on an Asus Eee
1005HA, and WiFi performance is very poor.  It's constantly dropping
the connection, and when it is connected, downloads come in bursts of
full connection speed, and then zero data for a while.. then another
burst of data and so on.

I can't really (at least not easily) compare 11.1 on this netbook as
the WiFi driver support isn't part of the 11.1 kernel/distro etc.
What have been comparing to on this netbook is Ubuntu 9.10... and
there WiFi performance is really good, so I assume something (else) is
wrong with the 11.2 install or config, but I'm not sure how to look
into it.  A bug search on 11.2 and WiFi doesn't return much.

Is anyone else noticing this?

You didn't even provide Wi-Fi chipset and driver. Plus pci id would be nice.

It's an Atheros AR9285 and I'm using the ath9k driver (as set up
during the install).

I've since re-installed, and there is a distinct difference now
between the two installs.

The initial install was done using the 11.2RC2 KDE Live iso. The
second install was done using the full DVD install. In both cases all
defaults were accepted (with KDE4 as the only installed desktop). The
online updates were applied, and then the extra repos added.

In both installs the WiFi was detected and worked without any tweaking
or user configuration.

With the KDE Live install, the WiFi was as described above.. dropping
all the time, with data only coming in, in short bursts.

With the DVD install, the WiFi works (so far) as expected with full
speed data transfers etc.

In both cases the WiFi signal strength is the same (ranging from 50% to 70%).

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