I have a Raspberry Pi (512 Mb ram) running Arch Linux ARM, connected to my router working as a vpn server.

After a thunderstorm, the Ethernet port stopped working. It won't even blink anymore. The rest of the raspberry, along with the usb ports work fine.

When I try to get the interface up from linux, I get hardware isn't capable of remote wakeup

The router it was connected to was completely burned as well, so I suppose it's just the Ethernet port that has the problem.

Is there a way to fix the port? Is there something I can do?

  • can you see any physical damage? burns broken tracks etc? For the price just buy a new Pi, a decent USB->Ethernet adapter is not much cheaper.
    – rob
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 13:27
  • same behavior after reboot?
    – user236012
    Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 13:41
  • Yes, it's the same after every reboot. Can't see any physical damage. Everything else works, so I don't want to throw it away just because the ethernet port is dead. Commented Feb 12, 2015 at 14:03

2 Answers 2


If its just the ethernet, and everything else is fully functional , could add a usb wifi dongle and use it as a wifi sensor board/server. Should be able to get a usb wifi dongle from around $8 + p&h.


Your board was likely fried in the storm, or at least the Ethernet port. Given the price of hardware replacement vs fixing the Ethernet port, I recommend swapping out the board. Consider this an ideal excuse to upgrade to the new Pi 2.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.