Wifi range issue

The wifi on my Reform cuts out when I get more than around 10m away from the access point. It makes me wonder if the antenna is even connected, but I just disconnected it and reconnected it, and it seems to be seated well.

The following shows up in dmesg:

[ 10.548017] ath9k 0000:01:00.0 wlp1s0: renamed from wlan0
[ 12.062635] wlp1s0: authenticate with 08:26:97:77:47:40
[ 12.086824] wlp1s0: send auth to 08:26:97:77:47:40 (try 1/3)
[ 12.098214] wlp1s0: authenticated
[ 12.107287] wlp1s0: associate with 08:26:97:77:47:40 (try 1/3)
[ 12.120879] wlp1s0: RX AssocResp from 08:26:97:77:47:40 (capab=0x401 status=0 aid=6)
[ 12.132848] wlp1s0: associated
[ 12.140466] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): wlp1s0: link becomes ready
[ 12.210967] wlp1s0: Limiting TX power to 30 (30 - 0) dBm as advertised by 08:26:97:77:47:40
[ 12.418188] wlp1s0: deauthenticating from 08:26:97:77:47:40 by local choice (Reason: 3=DEAUTH_LEAVING)
[ 14.853591] wlp1s0: authenticate with 08:26:97:77:47:40
[ 14.879353] wlp1s0: send auth to 08:26:97:77:47:40 (try 1/3)
[ 14.890702] wlp1s0: authenticated
[ 14.903329] wlp1s0: associate with 08:26:97:77:47:40 (try 1/3)
[ 14.917097] wlp1s0: RX AssocResp from 08:26:97:77:47:40 (capab=0x401 status=0 aid=6)
[ 14.929334] wlp1s0: associated
[ 14.937076] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): wlp1s0: link becomes ready
[ 14.975884] wlp1s0: Limiting TX power to 30 (30 - 0) dBm as advertised by 08:26:97:77:47:40
[ 421.014786] wlp1s0: deauthenticating from 08:26:97:77:47:40 by local choice (Reason: 3=DEAUTH_LEAVING)

In particular that last line is questionable since I never made any “local choice” to disconnect.

Another strange thing is that my preferred wifi access point shows twice in the gnome wifi listing; once normally and once with " - Failure" appended to it.

Hmm, this can be a number of things. What comes to mind:

  • You could swap the antenna connectors
  • You could change the channel on your router/AP
  • You could try to setup/change the regulatory zone (search the web for iw reg set)
  • In general the iw tool can give you a lot of information
  • You could upgrade to the Laird EFD2455A3S-10MHF1 antenna
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You could upgrade to the Laird EFD2455A3S-10MHF1 antenna

I just installed this, and wow! It makes a huge difference; I can use wifi in any room in my house now. Highly recommended. Thanks for the tip.

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This is good to know, thanks!