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A short time after accessing the internet, the browser/download times out. Before the timeout, the internet works OK briefly; afterwards, the wireless is still connected with a strong signal, but every internet access results in a timeout. When I leave the PC for a while, the internet is back just to timeout again as soon as I start using it. The same happens when I reconnect to the router. Also, when I surf the internet, it takes a couple of minutes until the timeout, but when I download something, it times out in a matter of seconds. The wireless adapter works just fine in Windows and internet via ethernet cable works just fine in Ubuntu.

Does anyone have the same problem or knows a solution.

I use Ubuntu 12.10 x64. The problem occurs since I installed ubuntu (which was a few days ago).

Here some stuff that might be usefull:

serus@serus-Ubuntu-PC:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0cf3:1002 Atheros Communications, Inc. TP-Link TL-WN821N v2 802.11n [Atheros AR9170]

serus@serus-Ubuntu-PC:~$ lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
carl9170               82083  0

serus@serus-Ubuntu-PC:~$ modinfo carl9170
filename:       /lib/modules/3.5.0-21-       generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ath/carl9170/carl9170.ko
alias:          arusb_lnx
alias:          ar9170usb
firmware:       carl9170-1.fw
description:    Atheros AR9170 802.11n USB wireless

serus@serus-Ubuntu-PC:~$ iwconfig
wlan0     IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:"virginmedia0137463"  
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462 GHz  Access Point: A0:21:B7:F8:29:B6   
          Bit Rate=240 Mb/s   Tx-Power=20 dBm   
          Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality=66/70  Signal level=-44 dBm  
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:1399  Invalid misc:18   Missed beacon:0

serus@serus-Ubuntu-PC:~$ sudo lshw -C network
   description: Wireless interface
   physical id: 1
   bus info: usb@2:2
   logical name: wlan0
   serial: 00:27:19:bb:00:19
   capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
   configuration: broadcast=yes driver=carl9170 driverversion=3.5.0-21-generic firmware=1.9.4 ip= link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Please try a driver parameter:

sudo modprobe -r carl9170
sudo modprobe carl9170 noht=1

If it helps, write one new file:

gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/carl9170.conf

Add a single line:

options carl9170 noht=1

Proofread carefully, save and close gedit.

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noht=1 seems to do the trick. Thanks! Could you please quickly outline what HT does? – user1622959 Jan 15 '13 at 21:34
noht=1 disables 80211n capability. I'm glad it's working. – chili555 Jan 16 '13 at 3:16

I had a very similar issue with my 'TP-Link TL-WN821N v2' 802.11n usb adaptor. I use Elementary OS, which is based on Ubuntu.

I found a web page somewhere advising someone with the same problem to update their kernel. I decided to do the same on the off chance it worked. I updated the Linux kernel from to 3.8.0-32.47, rebooted and found it had completely resolved this issue.

I found this worked too:

sudo modprobe -r carl9170
sudo modprobe carl9170 noht=1

I wanted my my wireless adaptor to work properly in N mode, which it does with no issues at all. Infact even better than it performed on Windows XP.

Hope this may help someone.

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