I've got an old RPi 1 Model B, that I'm trying to use as a Wake-On-LAN server. I've got it connected to Wifi with a DWA-171 USB/WiFi dongle and these drivers (the link contains a script that installs the drivers), but about 60 seconds after booting, it consistently disconnects from the Wifi and won't reconnect.

The problem is, I'm running Stretch Lite, and while I've found questions like this they're made for older Raspbian distros that were based around /etc/network/interfaces.

My understanding is that Jessie and Stretch don't use /etc/network/interfaces, so I'm wondering:

  1. Is this a known problem with a known solution?
  2. If not, how can I find the reason that the wifi is being disconnected i.e. what
  3. What can I do to make the wifi reconnect automatically after it's disconnected? For example, ifup --force wlan0 gives me unknown interface wlan0, so all the cron-scripts I've found to reconnect don't work.
  • What is DWA-171? Behind the link these drivers are no drivers.
    – Ingo
    Jun 20, 2019 at 19:12
  • It's a Network Adapter. The link contains a script that installs the drivers. Jun 20, 2019 at 19:30
  • I have updated the question for you.
    – Ingo
    Jun 21, 2019 at 7:08

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Switching from the Lite to the Graphical edition fixed the issue for me. I'm sure someone with more command-line configuration knowledge could fix it, but apparently something was missing in the Lite version.

  • I'll leave this open for a bit in case an expert has a more general answer. Jun 20, 2019 at 19:31
  • I suggest to accept your answer now to finish the question. I don't believe that anyone will spent time to fix old-old stable Jessie.
    – Ingo
    Nov 18, 2019 at 10:03

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