I have an Ubuntu 10.04 running on a laptop, connected to a local network via WiFi.

This machine does not respond to pings/ssh connect requests, as if it was firewalled. However, if I ssh from this laptop to another machine on the local network, let's call it B, then, while ssh connection is active, I can ping the laptop from B.

Any suggestions where to look for the problem?

5 Answers 5


Could be a network infrastructure issue.

Some routers isolate wireless stations to help prevent randomers getting onto the network and hacking other wireless stations. Some isolate wireless from wired too. Most routers let you configure this behaviour in their admin webmins.

If that's not the case can you expand your question to explain the exact network setup, please.

  • You are right, it was WPA-PSK2 in router's settings. As soon I have switched to WPA-PSK issue disappeared.
    – Art
    Sep 20, 2010 at 0:40
  • WPA-PSK2 is more secure than WPA-PSK, but it shouldn't have this effect. This seems to be some weird quirk in your router...
    – JanC
    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:32

Configuring your system to connect to wireless on boot could solve your problem with ssh.

  • System is connected to wireless - I had a live gnome session gunning at the time of testing and was able to ssh to the B machine
    – Art
    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:51

Try the following.

  • SSH to some new computer C. On the internet if necessary.

  • Try to connect to A from B.

If this works, the wi-fi router is connecting not incoming packets to A unless there is an outgoing connection keeping from A keeping the wireless link active. I've been seeing this on linksys devices like WRT150N towards the edge of their coverage area or if they are under high load.


Is the port open and listening on the machine that is receiving the ssh? Is the ssh program on that machine configured properly?


Install gufw from the repos and set a NOBLOCK rule on port 22.

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