wireless internet connection drops after a few minutes, will not reconnect

Asked by William Driver on 2010-10-19

When I first log in to my desktop, my wi-fi connects automatically. After a few minutes (varies), the signal is dropped and I cannot connect again. I tried setting up a new connection (In frustration) and I made a connection although it does not allow me to browse or access the internet. When I disconnect from the 'fake new connection' and try to log on with the original wi-fi connection, I can then access the internet, usually for a much longer period of time than the original logon connection. But again, the signal drops, and I must proceed through the same process to eventually establish a viable connection.

Can someone offer a suggestion, or a cure for my dilemma? I am fairly new at the inner workings of Ubuntu although I've used other versions in the past.

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Ubuntu network-manager Edit question
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Solved by:
marcobra (Marco Braida)
Solved:
2010-10-20
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2010-10-20
Last reply:
2010-10-19
William Driver (wdriver01) said : #1

I have a dual boot system - Windows 7 plus Ubuntu 10.10. The Wi-Fi in Windows works fine, no problems.

I found network-manager doesn't reconnect my wireless, wicd works fine.
My wireless disconnect frequently and i must restart the router to re activate wireless i have installed wicd to resolve it.
Wicd is a network manager is like the network-manager package.

NOTE: If you have wireless encryption key please take note of your key from your actual network settings.

http://wicd.sourceforge.net/ and some screenshot http://wicd.sourceforge.net/screenshot.php

How to install wicd

Open a Terminal from the menu Applications → Accessories → Terminal and type:
(if the system ask you for a password give your user password, you will not see nothing when you type it, then press enter)

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wicd
sudo killall nm-applet
sudo apt-get remove network-manager*

To manually run the wicd-client please press Alt+F2 on an empty desktop and insert this command:

wicd-client

configure your connection. Then reboot your pc.

- Optionally you can add the wicd repository to your repository sources list

Open a Terminal from the menu Applications → Accessories → Terminal and type:
(if the system ask you for a password give your user password, you will not see nothing when you type it, then press enter)

wget -q http://apt.wicd.net/wicd.gpg -O - | sudo apt-key add -

Add the wicd repository row to your /etc/apt/sources.list, type:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

and add this row:

Ubuntu 10.04)
deb http://apt.wicd.net lucid extras

or

Ubuntu 10.10)
deb http://apt.wicd.net maverick extras

save close and exit. Then type:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Hope this helps

William Driver (wdriver01) said : #3

Thanks for your help.

I configured my machine as suggested in the first part of the response, although I had to reboot before I could access Alt+F2 to insert command.

I now have a consistent connection, with infrequent dropouts, but I can immediately log back on to the connection. While inconvenient, nevertheless, it is much better than I had yesterday.

I would appreciate any other suggestions as to how to avoid the disconnects.

As I said, what I have now is better than before, so thanks for your help.

William Driver (wdriver01) said : #4

Yes, a problem with disconnects periodically - after 10 minutes or 30
minutes, etc., no specific intervals. But I can reconnect almost
immediately. The problem interferes specifically with my efforts to download
and install applications from the Ubuntu service.

On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 8:44 AM, William Driver <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Your question #130154 on network-manager in ubuntu changed:
>
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/network-manager/+question/130154
>
> Status: Answered => Open
>
> You are still having a problem:
> Thanks for your help.
>
> I configured my machine as suggested in the first part of the response,
> although I had to reboot before I could access Alt+F2 to insert command.
>
> I now have a consistent connection, with infrequent dropouts, but I can
> immediately log back on to the connection. While inconvenient,
> nevertheless, it is much better than I had yesterday.
>
> I would appreciate any other suggestions as to how to avoid the
> disconnects.
>
> As I said, what I have now is better than before, so thanks for your
> help.
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you are a direct
> subscriber of the question.
>

William Driver (wdriver01) said : #5

My connection has been more consistent today, so I will consider the problem solved unless it reoccurs and is disruptive.
Thanks for your help, it is much appreciated.

William Driver (wdriver01) said : #6

Thanks marcobra (Marco Braida), that solved my question.