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July 8th, 2011, 10:28 AM
I have two ubuntu 11.04 laptops that today stopped working with my home wifi, but my windows laptop works fine.
These same ubuntu laptops connect fine to iPhone wifi hotspot.
I am very confused - can you help?

July 8th, 2011, 10:45 AM
I have had similar problems with my netbook and wifi. What sort of computer do you have, and what happens when you try to connect?

open a terminal and type:


and post the results here.

It seems to me that wifi will either work with your linux distro or it wont. there dosent seem to be allot you can do about it.

July 8th, 2011, 11:06 AM
You can give a try by searching for restricted drivers

July 8th, 2011, 11:09 AM
Hi Nick4554,
I have an Asus EeePC and Lenovo T60. Both run ubuntu 11.04 and until today were working fine on home wifi. Windows machine works on same home wifi. Both ubuntu laptops work on iPhone hotspot.

I typed in iwconfig while using iPhone hotspot - the result is:

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:"iLenny212"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: FE:2B:61:1F: D6: 0B
Bit Rate=48 Mb/s Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr: off Fragment thr: off
Power Management: off
Link Quality=70/70 Signal level=-21 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:11 Missed beacon:0

July 8th, 2011, 11:18 AM
Thanks dasan, how do I search for restricted drivers.
Also, do you know why it would suddenly stop working?

July 8th, 2011, 11:20 AM
I should clarify, wifi appears connected according to icon at top right of screen, I can connect and disconnect, I just have no internet access

July 9th, 2011, 06:33 AM
hi lenny

i also had a problem today on a EeePC, model 1005HA, and its sounds like a similar problem to yours.

take a look at my thread and see if this helps you, its worth a shot :) :

look at post 1 and 5

July 14th, 2011, 12:23 AM
Thanks ScousaJAY, I will check when I get home tonight

July 15th, 2011, 01:59 PM
Thanks again ScousaJay, it seems my issue was similar to yours. My ISP helpdesk upgraded the modem/router firmware and problem has gone away.

July 17th, 2011, 07:56 AM
Please mark the thread as solved