EDIT: RESOLVED, basically. See my second post, was not the driver or system.
Will make a hardware specific thread or post where appropriate.
Help! Wireless and home network issues: weird outages or resets.
Seems that the router resets all connections (?) or just stops communicating temporarily.
Is this maybe due to me goofing with my wifi driver?
Machine is a Dell Inspiron Mini 1012
It's Wifi card shows as a Broadcom 4312b/g usually,
but sometimes as Broadcom 4315 LP-PHY, only when using the LPPHY driver.
That incorrect read by LPPHY driver is known issue.
OS is LMDE with recent image and current updates - 3.0 kernel.
The wireless AP is a cheap home NetGear, with other wifi devices sometimes used,
and always has a big Mac computer plugged into it. Time Warner services.
Maybe the problem is the Wifi driver on my netbook?
Maybe it is TimeWarner or someone's Mac product in our house?
Having installed LMDE 32-bit in place of Mint Gnome 10, I saw that sometimes our whole house internet would kick off, or just the wireless.
Could be coincidence, as with holidays, much family is using the network.
I first thought it was just my netbook having a problem, so I changed from the suggested Broadcom LP-PHY driver (had problems with that in other OS) to Broadcom STA (wl) from Mint's LMDE repos. Followed Sticky HOWTO(same as community page), but used default LMDE repos since they have the packages required, no need to add additional repos(?).
I had Broadcom STA (wl) from Mint Gnome (Ubuntu) repos on this machine without issue on previous installation.
Unfortunately, with LMDE and this driver, it seems to be unpredictably dropping out?
Again, this could be Time Warner having seasonal overload or repairs, could be Mac products.
I am lost as to where to look for a solution, but since I'm the computer nerd in the family, it must be my fault, right?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Yea GNU/Linux! Yea LMDE!