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I'm dualbooting Ubuntu 12.04 with Windows Vista and while Vista handles the signal perfectly (4 or 5 bars out of 5 and never drops) Ubuntu shows 1 or 2 bars and drops the signal constantly if the laptop is out of 3-4m range.

I already tried to google ar5008x linux driver but no luck so far. I'm a new linux user and would appreciate any help.

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In your router settings, probably the "Advanced" tab, you can set the Beacon Interval. The default is 100, you could reduce it to like 25 and hopefully the connection will not be dropped.

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