I turned off the SSID beacon on my wireless router. Before hand, my box would connect straight away. after I turned off the beacon it sometimes takes up to a full 2 minutes or more to find it and connect. I can speed up the process by disabling the wireless adapter and reenabling through the NetworkManager icon.
output of "lspci | grep Wireless"
the only hint at anything I find in dmesg is
07:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
[ 15.409466] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready