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Ubuntu Wi-Fi Client Information

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When troubleshooting Wi-Fi connectivity issues, gathering information from the infrastructure side of the network is only half of the picture. In addition to understanding how your Wi-Fi network is configured and performing, it is critical to understand how the wireless network looks from the wireless client’s point of view. In this article I present a few useful snippets that may help you if you have an Ubuntu client that you need to investigate.

Background
Understanding AP channels plans, their transmit power, the coverage that they provide and a whole host of infrastructure-side parameters is very useful when diagnosing Wi-Fi client issues. However, even when you have (what you consider to be) a well designed, well configured network, there may still be some wireless clients that refuse to play nicely on your network.

I recently had issues with a number of Ubuntu laptops that were having connectivity issues on a network I was investigating. Once you’ve checked the usual issues that m…