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  1. #1
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    Mar 2008

    WiFi agonizingly slow/spotty with Ralink card in 12.10

    Hey guys. The title of this thread pretty much says it all, I've been having some major wireless issues on the Quantal partition of my newly built PC. Since I don't have an Ethernet jack where my PC currently resides I've been using a Rosewill RNX-N300X wireless card with a Ralink RT2860T chipset.

    The card seems to work fine in my Windows partition and it works well ~75% of the time in Quantal, but the rest of the time it's frustratingly unreliable. It seems to drop the connection or throttle it to an insufferable speed even though the Network Manager maintains that I'm still on the network while it's doing that. It generally stays that way for as long as a minute or more before going back to normal and as far as I can tell it's completely arbitrary when it happens; I can't seem to reproduce it with any consistency.

    I've spent hours trying to diagnose the nature of the problem- based on a previous thread I'm inclined to say it might be a competing driver issue- but before I go diving into configuration files I wanted to stop by here to ask people who actually know what they're doing. Here are some outputs for context's sake:

    sudo lshw -c network
           description: Wireless interface
           product: RT2800 802.11n PCI
           vendor: Ralink corp.
           physical id: 1
           bus info: pci@0000:05:01.0
           logical name: wlan0
           version: 00
           serial: 68:1c:a2:04:1f:4a
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=rt2800pci driverversion=3.5.0-23-generic firmware=0.34 ip= latency=32 link=yes maxlatency=4 mingnt=2 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
           resources: irq:18 memory:f7200000-f720ffff

    lsmod | grep rt2
    rt2800pci              18529  0 
    rt2800lib              58731  1 rt2800pci
    crc_ccitt              12708  1 rt2800lib
    rt2x00pci              14476  1 rt2800pci
    rt2x00lib              54939  3 rt2800pci,rt2800lib,rt2x00pci
    mac80211              539958  3 rt2800lib,rt2x00pci,rt2x00lib
    cfg80211              206797  2 rt2x00lib,mac80211
    eeprom_93cx6           13345  1 rt2800pci

    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:"x"  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.437 GHz  Access Point: x
              Bit Rate=54 Mb/s   Tx-Power=20 dBm   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality=48/70  Signal level=-62 dBm  
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:1867  Invalid misc:31   Missed beacon:0
    Anyone have any ideas? I'm willing to try anything at this point, this is pretty much the only thing that's been difficult for me with this current install. Thanks everyone!

    [Edit: In retrospect I should have consulted this subforum before picking this card, as it doesn't seem to be mentioned in the sticky about supported PCI cards. My mistake!]
    Last edited by the2ndgenesis; February 14th, 2013 at 02:06 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2008

    Re: WiFi agonizingly slow/spotty with Ralink card in 12.10

    And yes, I've tried to install the tarball driver mentioned on the product website but I can't seem to even get ./configure to run; it doesn't help that the readme file is rather poorly written and hard to follow.


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