I have installed Raspbian and have attached 2TB External Hard Disk via USB with ext4 partition. I am trying to use it as a NAS device. Also I am accessing Pi over SSH from LAN and also from Internet. When I am accessing over Internet it gets disconnected randomly, lights on the board keep on blinking. It is not shown in connected devices list on my router Netgear (wnr2000v3). I am not able to figure out what is going wrong.

First I had connected via Ethernet and I have also tried using WiFi card but the case is same.

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    Maybe a power issue? Is your hard drive also receiving its power from its own adapter or an expertnally powered usb-hub? Running low on power can result in some awkward behavior rather than shutting down the pi entirely. (As far as I know, the wired network connection is hardwired in as a usb device.) Mar 14, 2013 at 9:24
  • USB drive have its own external adapter power supply.
    – vedarthk
    Mar 14, 2013 at 9:31
  • can you test your power suply ? (rpiblog.com/2012/11/testing-raspberry-pis-power-supply.html)
    – David
    Mar 14, 2013 at 10:18
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    I may have solved the issue, as stated by @RenéWolferink it was a power issue, I was using 5v 700mA adapter rather it should be 5v 1200mA.
    – vedarthk
    May 12, 2013 at 15:09
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    I had the same problem. I was using 5v 1000mA and it kept losing the connection. Switched to 5v 2100mA and all is well.
    – ow3n
    Nov 26, 2013 at 21:54

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To sum up the answers given in the comments section (and get rid of another unanswered question):

Network disconnects were traced back to power supply issues. So beware of power brown-outs.

  • 5v 700mA adapter -> solution: 5v 1200mA adapter
  • 5v 1000mA adapter -> solution: 5v 2100mA adapter

Edit to add:

Here are some measurements regarding the power consumption of the various models of the Pi:


I had the same issue, using a 700 mA power supply. Power reqirements depend on what peripherals are connected. This power supply page concludes that using a 1200mA power supply from a reputable retailer will provide ample power to run the Raspberry Pi.

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    Hello and welcome. Thank you for your input and hope to see you around.
    – Ghanima
    Dec 16, 2015 at 9:21

I had this issue with a Raspberry Pi 4 w/ 7" touch display, powered via PoE HAT. My SSH sessions would disconnect, leaving the SSH (sshd) process still running on the RPi, leaving me to believe it was a hardware or power issue.

Disabling the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios using the hardware overlay system in Raspbian, edit /boot/config.txt:


Seems to allow the RPi to operate without issues. The touch screen and RPi work fine so far.

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