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tomrshl
March 6th, 2009, 12:37 PM
I'm trying to get Ubuntu 8.10 installed on my Macbook Pro.
It's good that my wifi card is automatically detected, but it is just really weak. It doesn't pick up wifi networks that I can get under OS X. I don't have full time access to a wired connection because I live in a shared house. Ubuntu doesn't even see my houses wifi. It is across the house and I get weak signal strength in OS X but it is fast enough to download at the full speed of my ADSL etc.
Anything I can tweak or compile a new version etc to get better reception?
Thanks

hyperboloid
March 6th, 2009, 02:21 PM
You could try WICD. It works better for me.

Rog-Mahal
March 7th, 2009, 11:15 PM
I've had a similar experience and chalked it up to the difference between open source and proprietary drivers, it's affected me whether I've used madwifi or the new ath9k driver, but I did see an improvement when I switched to ath9k.

@hyperboloid: does wicd make a difference in wireless range? I've heard that it worked better than network manager for a while in terms of ui, but do you get other benefits?

hyperboloid
March 8th, 2009, 09:14 AM
@hyperboloid: does wicd make a difference in wireless range? I've heard that it worked better than network manager for a while in terms of ui, but do you get other benefits?

WICD seems more stable - does not drop connections at random the way NM did.