"email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org> hath wroth:
>Here it is, in a nutshell: this prepaid WiFi provider, Meteor
>Networks, allows you to browse fine if you are using Windows yet you
>get garbled IP transmissions under Linux - or at least so it seems.
>Here's the summary of it:
The first step to solving a problem is to blame someone. It seems
you're blaming the service provider for pandering to Microsoft. That
takes care of that problem, so we can move on to a solution.
The problem is that your 2nd hand description of the problem is devoid
of any equipment lists, software versions, and configuration
information. It doesn't even include which Windoze or Linux mutation
is being used. In short, there's no way to determine if there's
anything happening in hardware or software. That's because all 802.11
wireless is done on IP layer 2 (MAC layer). Since Linux handles this
layer quite differently than Windoze, a Linux configuration or setting
error would certainly cause this problem.
The good news is that since your friend didn't provide even the exact
error messages he was getting, I'm relieved of the responsibility of
providing a detailed and exact answer. Therefore, I can guess(tm). My
guess is that there's something screwed up in the Linux wireless
driver or MAC layer configuration. It could also be in the access
point. Perhaps the Meteor network is using flow control and his Linux
setup is ignoring the management packets. No way to tell from here.
Instead of fixing the problem, it would be most interesting to see if
the problem is unique to Meteor. As your friend to drag his laptop to
some other hotspot and see if the problem persists. Your article
doesn't indicate if he's done any testing at other hot spots using
The "missing blocks of web pages" is fairly common with a weak signal
or in a high interference environment. The browser simply gives up
trying to load some external URL's on the page and instead supplies a
blank box. This is considered acceptable instead of the alternative,
which was formerly to sit forever and wait for some obscure external
URL to load. I suggest you interrogate your friend for signal
strength, signal to noise ratio (or noise level), and connection
Have him also run a continuous ping test to the wireless router and
look for wide variations in latency. It should be fairly low
(2-8msec) and fairly consistently the same value. If not, he has
packet loss, interference, a weak signal, or all the aformentioned.
If you have any furthur questions, please include the missing models,
versions, error messages, signal readings, and settings. Also, don't
forget to include the requisite "it's all Microsoft's fault" or "Linux
rules" in your reply.
Jeff Liebermann email@example.com
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