This article provides information on how to identify and resolve a wireless network issue on your Dell PC with Ubuntu Linux installed.
This guide is to take you through a troubleshooting guide for wireless network Wi-Fi issues. It is specifically geared to the Ubuntu Linux Operating System OS.
Are you having wireless connection issues with a Dell PC?
If it has a Windows Operating System installed then please go to the guide linked below:
If it has Ubuntu installed please continue.
Can your system pick up any local Wi-Fi networks, but can't connect to them?
It can see networks and connect to any other network but yours. You will need to contact your Internet Service Provider ISP. It looks like the network itself or your connection settings are at fault.
It can see networks, but can't connect to any and Wi-Fi strength is low. Please proceed with step 2.
It can't see any networks even when held over the router. Please proceed with step 2.
It can intermittently see and connect to available wireless networks. Please proceed to section 3, step 1.
It doesn't see you have a Wi-Fi card installed. Please proceed to step 3.
If they can, carry on with the guide.
If not, again you will want to see your ISP about a general network issue.
If its detected then proceed with the guide.
If it's not detected proceed to section 3 step 1.
In the BIOS check that the wireless is enabled and disable the Wi-Fi switch if your system has one installed. Boot back to the OS and confirm if issue continues?
It does, proceed with the guide.
It doesn't, go back into the bios and re-enable the Wi-Fi switch. If the fault comes back contact your Technical Support to resolve this issue. If the fault doesn't come back your issue should be resolved.
It doesn't have a switch, proceed to the next step.
If it works fine, you're looking at a clean install and driver reinstall.
If it is the same please proceed with this guide.
The best way to rule out a hardware issue is to two way swap the Wi-Fi card with another compatible system.
You were able to swap out the Wi-Fi card and :
The fault followed the original card to the working system and the card from the working system works in the your machine. Contact your technical support to have the hardware issue resolved.
The fault stayed with the working card in your system and your card is working fine in the working machine. Continue with this guide.
The fault goes away on both machines. It was a loose connection and your issue should be resolved.
If that isn't possible then reseat the Wi-Fi card and antenna cables :
If the situation changes and the Wi-Fi starts working it was a loose connection and your issue should be resolved.
If you're issue continues please proceed with the next step.
Run the following troubleshooting steps on the wireless adapter:
Open Terminal (CTRL+Alt+T)
Get the details from the adapter using the following command:
You should get a result that looks something like this:
Run the following commands:
Enter the following command:
Reboot the system and check if the issue occurs again?
Yes, the issue is resolved and everything is working fine now.
No, the issue continues and is intermittent. Please contact technical support to troubleshoot this further.
No, the issue continues and is constant. Please proceed to the next step.
Scan for networks using NetworkManager. Click on the NetworkManager on your menu bar.
The dropdown menu will show a list of wireless networks in range. Select from the list to connect.
It sees the networks but won't connect to any. Proceed with next step.
It doesn't see any networks. Contact your Technical support to resolve this issue.
Scanning from the command line is another option. Click Dash Home > Search > Terminal. The Terminal program will launch.
Enter the following comanad in terminal:
The system will display a list of network adaptors :
no wireless extensions
no wireless extensions
IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any mode: Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power: 16dBm Sensitivity=0/3 Retry long limit: 7 RTS thr: off Fragment thr: off Power Management: off
is the wireless adaptor entry
Enter the following command in terminal: (Where <ethX> is the name of the wireless adaptor as found in the last command.)
The system will scan for access points and return a list of the ones it has found. The output from the scan will contain some useful information. Look for these pieces of information that might help your troubleshooting.
This is the wireless network name, SSID
This is the wireless network access mode, Managed=Access Point Mode
This number indicates the signal quality, from 1 - 5
This indicates if this network requires an encryption key.
Do the results point to a hardware or software issue?
If the Hardware is faulty contact your Technical Support with the troubleshooting you've done to get the issue resolved.
If the hardware is verified to be working, but your issue persists, then the next step would be to get in touch with Canonical the suppliers of Ubuntu Linux and the built in drivers. They will be able to take you through in-depth software and driver troubleshooting to resolve your issue. You can find all of their information on the Ubuntu Community Support page as well as a community support group that will also attempt to resolve any issues that remain.
If at any point what you see differs from what's described, please contact your technical support for further aid to resolve the problem.
Article ID: SLN151759
Last Date Modified: 01/19/2017 09:10 AM