1) Power management makes Wifi connection unstable. I need to disable it completely
2) My wifi doesn't automatically turns on after sleep. I should do it myself


Laptop: Dell vostro 14-5480
OS: Ubuntu 15.04
kernel: 3.19.0-30
Wifi-card: Intel 7265
Wifi-driver: iwlwifi

What i've tried

"iwconfig wlan0 power off" helps but I should do it every time my Laptop turns on. I tried to play with /etc/pm. Nothing helped. The only solution was adding

sleep 10
iwconfig wlan0 poweroff
exit 0

to /etc/rc.local. Now power management turns off, as I need, but only when I reboot/switch on laptop. If I turn my wifi on manually after suspend, I should also manually turn off power management.

I thought maybe 13.10 suspend kills wifi connection solution might help, I made a file wakenet.sh, but it doesn't work and it shouldn't as ubuntu 15.04 doesn't have nmcli nm, so it's impossible to use

nmcli nm sleep flase
At least I haven't found how to do it with new nmcli.

Maybe someone can help me at least in finding the proper alternative command instead of nmcli nm sleep false?

  • Doesn't iwlwifi default to power:off? From modinfo iwlwifi: parm: power_save:enable WiFi power management (default: disable) (bool)
    – chili555
    Nov 9, 2015 at 15:14
  • I guess no, here is my output, when i try iwconfig pastebin.com/bMuyjVW3
    – Sabine
    Nov 9, 2015 at 15:24
  • What does this tell us? cat /sys/module/iwlwifi/parameters/power_save? We hope it is N.
    – chili555
    Nov 9, 2015 at 16:48
  • Yes, it says exactly "N"
    – Sabine
    Nov 10, 2015 at 8:44

2 Answers 2


The best solution that worked for me (in Ubuntu 16.04LTS) is to change the value of wifi.powersave located in /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/default-wifi-powersave-on.conf from 3 (enabled) to 2 (disabled).

This effectively makes the effects of sudo iwconfig <interface> power off permanent.

Source: Power management for wireless unable to turn off in Xubunu 15.04 Vivid


there are a couple of options here:

How can I prevent iwconfig power management from being turned on?

The answer provided by Pierz worked for me:

Another approach is to add an explicit directive (wireless-power) to control power management in the /etc/network/interfaces configuration file (e.g. Disable it for wlan0 with DHCP):

auto wlan0 
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wireless-power off

I am using:

OS: Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS  OS 
image: ubuntu-16.04-preinstalled-server-armhf+raspi3.img

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