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I have two laptops, both running Ubuntu 13.10, as well as a different OS (Windows 7), dual boot on both.

My wi-fi router is on my bedroom and I want to get the wi-fi signal from the living room. I can reach the wi-fi signal from both pcs when running windows, with a relative good signal, but can't reach it on both of them when running Ubuntu, can't even connect to it.

Is there something that I can do to amplify the wi-fi signal?

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Now I'm using Xubuntu, it works perfectly, I had similar issues. my old question may help you… – Lynob Jan 16 '14 at 19:02
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Ok, we solved it!

Using Atheros driver ath9k. If you have the same problem, please follow these steps (I found it here):

  1. Open the Terminal
  2. Install the build dependencies if you don't have it already (but it is installed by default):

    sudo apt-get install build-essential

  3. Type the commands (steps 3-9): wget

    • Here you can get the latest ones from site, but this version corrected the issues and it is the latest at the moment of this post!
  4. tar xvf backports-20140131.tar.xz
  5. cd backports-20140131/
  6. make defconfig-ath9k
  7. make
  8. sudo make install
    • (type your password)
  9. sudo update-initramfs -u
    • (type your password if needed)
  10. Reboot your pc.

Remember that after a Kernel update (sudo apt-get dist-upgrade) we have to repeat the steps 4 to 9.

This is useful for Atheros wireless cards, but if you have some issue with other manufacturers, try installing the backports drivers for them from

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