However it seems that the wifi connection reliability has diminished considerably. This machine used to run Windows 10 with no wifi problems anywhere in the house. Under linux mint the wifi only works if I'm within about 10 feet of the router box. So I'm thinking it's a config option that needs setting somewhere in Mint on the laptop.
Note that ALL other WIFI enabled devices are still working absolutely fine, so I'm happy that the problem is not with the WIFI router.
The laptop's WIFI chipset is (according to dmesg) "rtl8723be".
What I've tried so far (to no avail...)
- Setting the "Regulatory" locale to be "GB" (the default was DE for some reason).
- apt-get update and apt-get upgrade, the system seems to be very up to date.
- Driver Manager did install some "ubuntu firmware" but showed no details.
- Turned off Bluetooth (handled by the same chipset apparently).
- Numerous reboots throughout all these attemps.
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wlp2s0 IEEE 802.11 ESSID:"XXXXXXXX" Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: 7C:__:__:__:__:__ Bit Rate=72.2 Mb/s Tx-Power=20 dBm Retry short limit:7 RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr:off Encryption key:off Power Management:off Link Quality=34/70 Signal level=-76 dBm Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0 Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:243 Missed beacon:0
How can I verify that I have the right drivers for this chipset?
I don't know how to diagnose this issue any further, I'd be very grateful for any guidance.