Every time I open my notebook lid I have to wait a few seconds for wifi to reconnect. I remember that in Windows it was already connected. I need a way to prevent wifi from disconneting on suspend.

The closest answer I found was https://askubuntu.com/a/961460/613425 but it didn't work. I also tried the iwconfig wlan0 poweroff in the answer but it didn't work even before reboot.

  • So, unlike the question you linked above, your WiFi is not unstable. It connects and works fine after you open the lid and wake up the laptop from sleep. You want WiFi to connect more quickly. What would happen when you move your laptop 20 miles while it was sleeping? Would it still remain connected?
    – user68186
    May 8, 2018 at 14:47
  • @user68186 it never remains connected, even in the same place after I reopen the lid. I have to wait for it to connect again. May 8, 2018 at 15:03
  • Do you mean it never remains connected while it sleeps? I once knew someone who used to talk while sleeping, but my laptop doesn't do that. I don't think what you want is possible unless you stop your laptop from sleeping altogether.
    – user68186
    May 8, 2018 at 15:07
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    @SebastianStark Razer Blade Stealth 2016 12.5". It had the desired behavior on windows May 8, 2018 at 19:51
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    What's the output to iwconfig? Please edit your question to provide the output there instead of here in the comments.
    – Fabby
    May 9, 2018 at 17:48

3 Answers 3


There are two ways of enabling WiFi after sleep. The first is a common patch to Network Manager as you can see I've made by listing the file:

Turn off or enable power savings as illustrated below:

$ cat /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/default-wifi-powersave-on.conf
wifi.powersave = 3
# Slow sleep fix: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1670041
#wifi.powersave = 2
  • Edit the Network Manager file shown above.
  • Change WiFi.powersave from 2 to 3 (Enable power saving).
  • If it's already set to 3 try setting it to 2 (Disable power saving).
  • After saving the file run sudo systemctl restart NetworkManager

The second is a systemd script which reloads the WiFi kernel module when resuming from suspend. It comes from this answer: Wifi available networks not showing up suddenly:

This script is written for iwlwifi` which is the common Intel driver name. If your's is different change that name below:


# NAME: /lib/systemd/system-sleep/iwlwifi-reset
# DESC: Resets Intel WiFi which can be flakey after a long suspend.
# DATE: Apr 1, 2017. Modified August 30, 2017.


restart_wifi() {
    /usr/bin/logger $MYNAME 'restart_wifi BEGIN'
    /sbin/modprobe -v -r iwldvm # This removes iwlwifi too
    /sbin/modprobe -v iwlwifi   # This starts iwldvm too
#    systemctl restart NetworkManager.service
    /usr/bin/logger 'systemctl restart NetworkManager.service (SUPPRESSED)'
    /usr/bin/logger $MYNAME 'restart_wifi END'

/usr/bin/logger $MYNAME 'case=[' ${1}' ]'
case "${1}/${2}" in

NOTE: Sometimes simply resetting network manager is all that is needed. In that case un-comment the line above by removing #. Then comment out the two lines above it by putting # at the beginning of those two lines.

You'll need to create this script, called iwlwifi-reset, with sudo powers and save it into the directory /lib/systemd/system-sleep. Then mark it executable using:

chmod a+x /lib/systemd/system-sleep/iwlwifi-reset
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    had the same problem with Fedora 31 + XFCE (not with gnome shell), the first way solved it.
    – jherek
    Jul 18, 2019 at 8:44
  • Does the systemd approach trigger while on sleep or after resuming from sleep? I think the original question looks for a solution while on sleep not after resuming from sleep.
    – orschiro
    May 6, 2021 at 14:53

I think it is related to systemd. You can make a script that starts the wifi device after suspend. Just try to do so manually first.


First ceate a new script and make it executable.

sudo touch /usr/lib/pm-utils/sleep.d/wakewifi
sudo chmod a+x /usr/lib/pm-utils/sleep.d/wakewifi

Then edit the script

sudo nano /usr/lib/pm-utils/sleep.d/wakewifi

and make it look something like this.


    case "$1" in
            nmcli radio wifi on

to make sure that nmcli radio wifi on is the correct command, try to go into sleep mode, start the computer up and do

sudo nmcli radio wifi on

if your computer then connect to the correct wifi, then this might be a optional solution for you. your computer should auto-connect. to your saved wi-fi access point.

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