I've got a problem with my wifi. It will only sometimes detect certain networks. Coincidentally the networks that only sometimes show up are the two networks I use most often: my home and work wifi. "workWifi" is unsecured, "homeWifi" is secure. That probably has nothing to do with it but they are the only networks I'm having trouble with. Here's a typical scenario:
I get to work and turn my laptop on, no wifi connection. I click on the wifi symbol on the menu bar and find a list of wifi connections but not "WorkWifi," the one I want. So I try a bunch of stuff, I'll disable/enable wireless, disable/enable networking, each about a dozen times. Restart the computer. Disable/enable wifi again. Restart again. Eventually I'll slam the screen shut in frustration and let it hibernate for an hour or so. Then I'll return and repeat the enable-disable-restart process. If I'm lucky some magical combination of restarts and hibernates and smashing my head on my desk, will get me wireless network I'm looking for. Then I can connect and start interneting. Sometimes, It'll never show up.
Now I'll leave work and go home. When I get home I'll open up my computer and sometimes it connects without issue and other times... No wifi. I'll click on the wifi icon and I swear it will list TWENTY wifi signals. It's like it's picking up the wifi router in every sigle house on my block EXCEPT FOR MY ROUTER! My router is not broadcasting a hidden ssid. It just isn't on the list. I'll now repeat the restart/enable/disable/smash head on desk routine until for some reason the SSID I'm looking for shows up or until I give up.
I've been trying to find solutions in other "networking" threads here but haven't found anything useful. But these commands are often requested, so I'll give you that info right now:
~$ lspci | grep Network 03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak] (rev 34) ~$ sudo lshw -c network *-network description: Wireless interface product: Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak] vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0 logical name: wlan0 version: 34 serial: a0:88:b4:30:4b:08 width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwlwifi driverversion=3.8.0-35-generic firmware=188.8.131.52 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abgn resources: irq:42 memory:c0500000-c0501fff
Does anyone have even the slightest idea of what might be wrong? Any help is greatly appreciated. My best guesses right now are that I might have the wrong driver or that the driver might not be communicating with the kernel properly. How can I check for these?