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Wifi suddenly turns off (Cannot turn on except restart)

asked 2013-05-27 04:16:17 -0500

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updated 2014-02-13 16:41:05 -0500

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I am having this problem with my Fedora 18 64-bit laptop where everyday I experience that it stops the WiFi and even how much I try to turn it on, via Hardware on-off button in the keyboard or on/off from the OS menu. It still is turned off, until I reset it and it will work like a charm. What kind of bug is this? Is there a patch for this?

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answered 2013-05-27 20:39:02 -0500

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Network Manager (the software that manages both wired and wireless networks) can be replaced by wicd, which may fix your "disconnect" problem. On my XFCE spin, I replaced NM because it does not provide a decent wireless scanner. In NM you have to manually enter the wireless settings. Wicd, on the other hand, autodetects all of the wireless properties - you just have to enter your password. During my own troubleshooting, I found lots of posts that said, "the first thing I do in a new install is remove NM." So,

sudo yum install wicd wicd-common
sudo yum remove NetworkManager

In some versions of wicd, its gui wireless scanner does not appear when you right-click on the tray icon. So I just created a shortcut in my panel that runs "wicd-client -n", and I click that icon when I need to manage my networks.

Note: I'm using F16, and the version of wicd that the F16 package manager installs is buggy - it would not work on my system. I had to d/l the dev version from here.

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