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Lately my WiFi connection has been quite slow, and sometimes I lose my internet connection altogether (but the computer does not actually disconnect from the WiFi network). This only affects my laptop and only when it's running Ubuntu, so I think it must be a problem with Ubuntu. I haven't changed anything recently; this is on 12.10 64-bit. What could it be?

Update: It's doing this now. The connection isn't completely dead, it's just staying under 5 kB/s. Still frustrating though. It also seems to affect all users.

Update 2: Output from sudo lspci --n:

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller [8086:0104] (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0116] (rev 09)
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 [8086:1c3a] (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1c2d] (rev 05)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1c20] (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:1c10] (rev b5)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 [8086:1c12] (rev b5)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 [8086:1c16] (rev b5)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 5 [8086:1c18] (rev b5)
00:1c.7 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 8 [8086:1c1e] (rev b5)
00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1c26] (rev 05)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation HM67 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller [8086:1c4b] (rev 05)
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI Controller [8086:1c03] (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller [8086:1c22] (rev 05)
05:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 05)
09:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 1030 [8086:008a] (rev 34)
0b:00.0 USB controller [0c03]: NEC Corporation uPD720200 USB 3.0 Host Controller [1033:0194] (rev 04)

It's not happening right now; it seems to start & stop at random. Also, I've had Ubuntu on this computer and used this network for a while now. I don't think it's a driver issue, although I'm not sure what else it could be.

Update 3: I disabled IPv6 as Alex suggested, and it's worked ever since. That may have solved it; I'll wait and see if it keeps working for the rest of the day.

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We need more hardware information to help you, can you look at this question and then edit your question adding the information. –  Jorge Castro Dec 18 '12 at 21:46
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Go to the Network menu and click on the "Connection Information" menu. If there's nothing under the IPv6 box, you can safely disable IPv6. Also, it would be useful if you could compare the connection speed (located under the "General" box) between Windows (or any other OS you have installed) and Ubuntu. If you use a Wireless N device, you should install the wlan-ng drivers (you can search them in the Software Center).

Finally, you can try resetting your modem and/or your router. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Disconnect your modem from the power source.
  2. Wait 15 seconds.
  3. Connect your modem again
  4. Wait for it to boot, it may take a while.

I hope this helps.

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I think that fixed it. Thanks! –  Zelda64fan Dec 20 '12 at 21:26
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Check that you have the right driver. Sometimes you need a proprietary extra driver to get it to work properly. More information on the laptop and network card would be helpful in finding what the solution is.

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I doubt it's the drivers. I've had this computer (and Ubuntu) since about February and I haven't had any real problems until now. The problems only started a few days ago, and I don't think I had installed anything weird or changed any system settings around that time. –  Zelda64fan Dec 19 '12 at 1:59
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