I'm running the RaspberryPi as a Server that is connected to the network over WiFi using the Edimax EW-7811UN Dongle. I configured the dongle according to the documentation, like

opening configfile

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/8192cu.conf


options 8192cu rtw_power_mgnt=0 rtw_enusbss=0

to disable all sorts of powersaving. But still: As soon as the WiFi router disables the WiFi connection the Dongle does not wake up any more. The connection can not be re-established.

If've already found a work-around (from the Raspberry Pi forums), to run this script as cronjob

# check if a wlan0 if exists
if echo `/sbin/ifconfig` | grep -q $1; then
#check if there is IP Address
  if echo `/sbin/ifconfig $1` | grep -q "inet Adresse"; then
    exit 0
  /sbin/modprobe -r 8192cu
/sbin/modprobe 8192cu
exit 0

But that doesn't smell like the clean solution I'm looking for. Does anybody else experience this issue and has a simpler solution?

Thanks in advance!

1 Answer 1


I am running the same wifi adapter on a RPi A+ running updated raspbian wheezy and do not experience those outages:

bob@raspi09:~% lsb_release -d
Description:    Debian GNU/Linux 7.8 (wheezy)
bob@raspi09:~% uname -a
Linux raspi09 4.1.6+ #810 PREEMPT Tue Aug 18 15:19:58 BST 2015 armv6l GNU/Linux

Here's my current /etc/modprobe.d/8192cu.conf:

# Disable power management
options 8192cu rtw_power_mgnt=0 rtw_enusbss=0 rtw_ips_mode=1

I did have a very similar problem on an older Model B with the same adapter, but recent updates seem to have cleared up the problem. I had previously tried adding wireless-power off to /etc/networking/interfaces as discussed in this thread but encountered error messages, so abandoned that approach.

Is your RPi firmware up to date? (sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade)

Also -- Just to be certain -- Is there any chance the RPi is connecting to another AP/router when your primary drops off? Can you get onto it to check ifconfig?

  • you might want to change that last question into a conditional statement like "It might be that your RPI firmware is not up to date, here is how you update the firmware ..... "
    – Phil B.
    Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 18:49
  • My RPi is up to date (Linux rpi 4.1.6+ #810 PREEMPT Tue Aug 18 15:19:58 BST 2015 armv6l), but I was missing the line rtw_ips_mode=1. I'll watch what happens next few days and mark your answer as correct when the connection is stable :) Thanks ! PS: RPi doesn't connect to another AP or router since ethernet is disconnected and only one WiFi password is given
    – Boern
    Commented Sep 27, 2015 at 8:20

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