On Thu, 30 May 2013 11:24:05 +0000 "Miner, Jonathan W (US SSA)"
I have an HP laptop with an integrated Broadcom controller:
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
Controller (rev 01)
I recently upgraded to Fedora 18, and have noticed a big difference between wireless
networking performance. With Fedora 18 running, and sitting about 10 feet from a Linksys
WAP54G access point I get "one bar" on the Gnome icon... if I double the
distance, I start losing the connection.
If I reboot to Fedora 17, I get three/four bars at 10feet, etc.
I've checked the internal antenna cables, and made sure that each OS is running the
most up to date kernels. I even used a spectrum analyzer to look for noise in the 2.4GHz
spectrum. I don't have any external USB WiFi adapters to test with.
Regardless of the number of bars, is the download speed similar or very
different under the two versions? (I ask because there was some talk
earlier about the number of bars becoming a more accurate assessment --
I don't know if this has been implemented).
Try this (or related sites) to get a reading:
Note that there is, quite naturally, tremendous variability, so you may
have to do it a large number of times to get a fair reading under
I have not myself noticed a difference.
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