Very Low Signal Broadcom 6205/6235 wireless card

Hello,

I have tried several linux distros and I keep running into an issue with low signal strength on the wifi card.

I know there is nothing wrong with the wireless card because on win 7 it has full signal strength but on linux it has 1-2 bars about 8 feet away from the router.

Can anyone give me any suggestions on options of what might fix the issue?

The laptop is a HP Elitebook 9470m.and i installed opensuse out of the box with default install of : New installation, Gnome desktop and basically took all the defaults.

I am a noob so if you have ideas of what might fix issue please be a bit detailed on steps i need to take to fix issue.

Thank You,

wayne

On 12/18/2013 07:56 PM, ewbh0t wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> I have tried several linux distros and I keep running into an issue with
> low signal strength on the wifi card.
>
> I know there is nothing wrong with the wireless card because on win 7 it
> has full signal strength but on linux it has 1-2 bars about 8 feet away
> from the router.
>
> Can anyone give me any suggestions on options of what might fix the
> issue?
>
> The laptop is a HP Elitebook 9470m.and i installed opensuse out of the
> box with default install of : New installation, Gnome desktop and
> basically took all the defaults.
>
> I am a noob so if you have ideas of what might fix issue please be a bit
> detailed on steps i need to take to fix issue.

Please read the stickies at the beginning of the wireless forum. That will tell
you how to report what device you have in a way that we can understand. The
Broadcom model number is useless for this purpose.

What driver does your card use? If it is the proprietary Broadcom driver named
wl, then you should know that the heart of the code is only supplied as binary,
and there is nothing any of us can do.

Finally, the reported signal strength is not a fundamental property of the
connection. In fact, a number of drivers contain comments something like
“multiply by xxx so that the signal looks good”. Is the connection slow? Does it
drop out? If not, then ignore the signal.