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I have TP-Link WiFi router where I have enabled 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Suddenly, I find out, I cannot connect to 2.4G from my laptop, so I started investigating. From my phone, I am able to connect without any problem. When I tried to connect from laptop I receive dialog with reenter password request.

I found out two suspicious things.

First one, from dmesg it looks like it is authenticated but it failed on association.

$ dmesg -T -w
[So lis 27 14:37:11 2021] wlp5s0: authenticate with d8:07:b6:2b:ae:e4
[So lis 27 14:37:11 2021] wlp5s0: send auth to d8:07:b6:2b:ae:e4 (try 1/3)
[So lis 27 14:37:11 2021] wlp5s0: authenticated
[So lis 27 14:37:11 2021] wlp5s0: associate with d8:07:b6:2b:ae:e4 (try 1/3)
[So lis 27 14:37:11 2021] wlp5s0: associate with d8:07:b6:2b:ae:e4 (try 2/3)
[So lis 27 14:37:11 2021] wlp5s0: associate with d8:07:b6:2b:ae:e4 (try 3/3)
[So lis 27 14:37:11 2021] wlp5s0: association with d8:07:b6:2b:ae:e4 timed out
[So lis 27 14:37:22 2021] wlp5s0: authenticate with d8:07:b6:2b:ae:e4
[So lis 27 14:37:22 2021] wlp5s0: send auth to d8:07:b6:2b:ae:e4 (try 1/3)
[So lis 27 14:37:22 2021] wlp5s0: authenticated
[So lis 27 14:37:22 2021] wlp5s0: associate with d8:07:b6:2b:ae:e4 (try 1/3)
[So lis 27 14:37:22 2021] wlp5s0: associate with d8:07:b6:2b:ae:e4 (try 2/3)
[So lis 27 14:37:22 2021] wlp5s0: associate with d8:07:b6:2b:ae:e4 (try 3/3)
[So lis 27 14:37:23 2021] wlp5s0: association with d8:07:b6:2b:ae:e4 timed out

Second, I let the wireshark to capture everything on my wireless interface, but there is nothing captured on 2.4G band. I tried it with my 5G network and it works fine, wireshark has been able to capture packets.

I checked MAC Address of Wi-Fi router, it's OK. My laptop is not on blacklist and in syslog of router, there is nothing.

I create a hotspot from my mobile phone on 2.4G band, and it works nicely. I could see logs in wireshark and dmesg too.

From my point of view, my PC is able to use 2.4G Wi-Fi, my Wi-Fi router works, but my PC cannot connect to it (only to 5G works).

I also update and upgrade system.

How can I debug this issue and find out the root cause and fix it?

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  • Bluetooth interference? They work on same Band. Its not fix but try turning down bluetooth and see if works to see if its the cause.
    – esantix
    Dec 22, 2021 at 12:17
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    Is "suddenly" related to some upgrades you did on your computer? If yes, I'd suspect firmware/driver issues.
    – dirkt
    Dec 22, 2021 at 18:09
  • one debugging technique, have you tried to connect to it with more distance, where the 5Ghz breaks, and 2.4 is still good? Sometimes these devices choose 5 over 2.4, by default, and im also wondering if maybe its the router also bumping it because of this, which wouldn't be nice. Dec 22, 2021 at 20:10
  • can you test with WPA2/WPA3 ?
    – binarysta
    Dec 23, 2021 at 16:04
  • I tryied turn of bluetooth, the same result. Suddenly - no after upgrade. Most of the time, I am on cable or near wifi (4m) so I prefer 5G. From time to time, I move to the room where 5G signal is weak (distance and walls) and I figure out I cannot connect to 2G, even when I am in front of router. I tested to manually remove 5G network and test only with 2G - does not help, With other devices like phone or other notebook (windows) it works fine.
    – dorinand
    Dec 24, 2021 at 15:12

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FWIW i had the same problem on 5.15 kernel on an Ubuntu 22.04 and this post helped, but note the updated option syntax so i added the comment and options line

# fix for 2.4ghz
options iwlwifi 11n_disable=1
# remove the iwl?vm module and then iwlwifi.

to /etc/modprobe.d/iwlwifi.conf and rebooted and it worked for this one specific AP on 2.4GHz.

Some further suggestions can be found in this thread but unfortunately its locked by now.

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