My Pop! desktop works just fine - can connect to 5 Ghz… But I hardly ever use WiFi on it - I’m old school, I prefer good old ethernet on UTP cables… I run an Ethernet over Power from my home office to the kitchen where my Router is…
It’s just this ThinkPad (same version and patch level as the desktop) running Pop!_OS… I hardly ever use it really - decided to sit out the front of the house and watch the sunset (behind me, i.e. I’m facing East) and the changing light of the bushland across the road, and the distant hills - but online - and it refused to connect (it actually refused to connect to BOTH 2.4 and 5 Ghz that time!) - gave up and grabbed my MacBook…
I don’t like passersby seeing I have a MacBook - lotta undesirables about my area - and a MacBook is a highly desirable item for thieves…
It’s lying - there’s probably a case statement (on the Linux client) and the last entry :
echo "wrong password"
for every other case it can’t identify the cause… I’m using WPA (personal, not enterprise), not WEP (WEP used a hex string - highly insecure and most modern devices don’t even have this as an option any more)… I KNOW the password was correct. It’s the same password for BOTH 2.4 and 5 WAPs - same password all 25+ devices on my home network using WiFi!
Probably exaggerating - but - both my daughters and missus have their devices - and I have way too many :
Missus : 3 : iPad + iPhone + Nintendo Switch (which she hardly ever uses)
Daughter 1 : 8 : iPad + iPhone + Nintendo Switch + MacBook + Mac Mini + Playstation 4, 5, Xbox One + work laptop (Win10)
Daughter 2 : 4 : iPad + iPhone + Nintendo Switch + MacBook
(and stuff I use on Wifi)
Me : 3 : iPad mini, iPad Pro, Android phone
Us : 1: Brother MFC
Also “Us” : smart TV with NetFlix and Stan and stuff, and an Apple TV thingie
(nearly everything else I have on ethernet, i.e. 2 x RPi, OrangePi, TrueNAS, Pop! desktop, MacBook x 2, and mostly the ThinkPad’s on ethernet too - i.e. I keep the two MacBooks on ethernet most of the time - with USB C dongles that also drive HDMI monitors).
When Covid first hit us 3 years ago, and I started working from home M-F - hit an issue with my router - it was limited to 8 devices on each WAP! And we hit the limit - the most it can go up to is 32 on each WAP - so - max 64 devices on my WiFi that’s more than enough…