I recently installed opensuse 11.1 (Gnome) - unfortunately the wireless connection is very fickle. I am using a ‘Cnet’ wireless usb dongle which uses the rt73 chipset - it seemed to work fine on Ubuntu 8.10 but I have had the same problem using fedora 10.
Most of the time, I can see my wireless access point (but not always). Some of the time, when I attempt to connect, it gets stuck finding a dhcp address. The rest of the time, it connects, although usually the connection is very on/off - eg updating, the average speed was something ridiculous like 300 b/s, however the max speed was about 60 kb/s. Occasionally, the connection also works fine and downloads at an average speed of 60 kb/s.
The connection strength varies between about 30 and 50% - I don’t think it is an issue since it worked fine on Ubuntu 8.10. I also have a windows laptop which works fine using the same access point - I don’t have any wireless security enabled either.
Has anyone else encountered the same problem? I have spent a while trying to get it to work but have had no success - eg. using the traditional ifup method of connecting rather than using gnomes network manager etc makes no difference.
Any help would be greatly apprecaited!