I've been trying to set up two new Pis for about a week now with no success. I have 4 Pis already of the exact same type (RPi 2 Model B). I'm currently trying to get the Realtek 5370 Dongle that comes with the Canakit to work, but I've tried basically every other type of wifi dongle out there too. I've tried different power sources, different outlets, etc and etc. This has all worked perfectly fine on my previous 4 Pis.

The problem is that the 2 new Pis can't maintain a stable connection. They connect to the network just fine, the Pis have an IP. There are even multiple IP addresses in the /etc/resolv.conf file. No errors in dmesg. No errors in /var/log/syslog. However, about every 8 minutes, the Pi cannot resolve any hostnames.

Example workflow: Turn on the Pi. Everything's connected, I can ping If I leave this running, at about ~8 minutes later, I get errors:

From <Pi IP> icmp_seq=1 Destination Host Unreachable

At this point, I can't ping anything. I can't even ping my DNS nameservers -- they give the same error messages. However, I'm still connected to my network, and /etc/resolv.conf still has IPs in it. No matter what I do (ifdown wlan0/ ifup wlan0), I cannot get the name resolving to work during this time period.

About 5 minutes later, I can suddenly ping things again for another 8 minutes. Then the cycle repeats.

What is going on? This is replicated on both of my new Pi's, each of them use the Rasbian Wheezy img, across multiple different power sources, and any wifi dongle (Edimax, Realtek, and so on). Please help, I've been banging my head on the wall for a week on this!

EDIT: /etc/network/interfaces:

auto lo
auto wlan0
auto wlan1

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp

allow-hotplug wlan0
allow-hotplug wlan1

iface wlan0 inet manual
wpa-roam /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
iface default inet dhcp


ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev

    pairwise=CCMP TKIP
    group=CCMP TKIP
  • Are we supposed to guess which of the many setup you have tried? – Milliways Feb 12 '16 at 1:09
  • What do you mean by setup? I'm using Raspbian, installed via NOOBs if that's what you're asking. – Nick Feb 12 '16 at 2:10
  • How did you setup networking? What is in /etc/network/interfaces? Anything else you changed. There are maybe a dozen ways to setup WiFi. (Also what version of Rasbpian.) – Milliways Feb 12 '16 at 3:24
  • I'll edit my question. – Nick Feb 12 '16 at 4:17
  • What you have there looks like the conventional setup, although iface wlan1 inet manual should refer to wlan0. This should work, although the older configuration did not handle multiple WiFi dongles well. You did not answer which version. Post May 2015 networking setup changed (see raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/a/37921/8697). Strictly, if you want to use this you should disable dhcpcd on the newer releases, but your use of dhcp causes dhcpcd to close. This shoud work, but I would get rid of all mention of wlan1. (IMHO the newer setup is better.) – Milliways Feb 12 '16 at 5:17

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