I had a working setup for months. The other day, my rpi decided to stop connecting to my wireless. The wipi LED wasn't coming on at all. Troubleshooting it seemed to indicate USB power issues since a wireless keyboard dongle LED wouldn't light up either. I eventually got a different USB keyboard working, but the wipi continues to do nothing. Editing /etc/network/interfaces got it to behave differently but not better. Sometimes when booting, it shows the colour screen, then reboots and repeats. Pulling the wipi out, it can then finish booting.

ifconfig is showing absolutely nothing for me. sudo ifup wlan0 has it enter the boot cycle again until I remove the wipi dongle.

For being marketed as a raspberry pi accessory by element14 themselves, this dongle has been nothing but trouble.

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    Perhaps your power supply is failing. Have you tried an alternate?
    – joan
    Commented Jul 12, 2014 at 23:02
  • Wow, voltage across tp1 and tp2 is just 4.02v. Switching out the power supply...
    – Archonic
    Commented Jul 12, 2014 at 23:15
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    Well that was dumb of me. Switching to a 1A supply the voltage across the TP's went up to 4.6v but it's enough. Now sudo ifup wlan0 got everything working. Feel free to provide the answer :D
    – Archonic
    Commented Jul 12, 2014 at 23:22
  • possible duplicate of Ethernet connection drops after several seconds
    – lenik
    Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 12:28

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When devices powered by the Pi stop working or start working erratically it's always worth checking out the power supply and for any recent software upgrades.

Power supplies can fail and software can be broken.

The voltage between TP1 and TP2 on the Pi should ideally be between 4.75 and 5.25.

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