This afternoon I installed TLP on my laptop running Ubuntu 14.04.

After the restart my WiFi suddenly stopped working _ message: "Disconnected - you are now offline" - I have a button on my keyboard that turns wifi on/off - now it just stays red and doesn't change (to blue) at all when pressed. - In my network indicator now there no option even to turn wifi on/off and its the same in system settings

  • RFKILL LIST ALL gives me:
hp-bluetooth: Bluetooth
        Soft blocked: yes
        Hard blocked: no

And no wireless mentioned at all.

  • Attempted fixes: (that did not work)
    1. Change the following in TLP's configuration:
  1. sudo service network-manager restart

  2. I then uninstalled TLP (and purged) - still nothing

  3. I then uninstalled other things I installed earlier in the day: Weather and calendar indicators, and preload.

    • NOTE: i noted in my software center there was 3 changes in the history that i did not recognise: Removal of : Python3 tz, Python dateutil and python3-dateutil (I do not know what these are signifying)

I do not know what wireless card I have or how to find that out.

Kindly assist me please


  • Wireless card: EDIT: found this: RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
  • Running the following didnt change anything
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hanipouspilot/rtlwifi
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install rtlwifi-new-dkms-linux-firmware
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Edit: Seems like my wireless driver has been uninstalled somehow? am I interpreting this correctly?

sudo lshw -c network


description: Ethernet interface
       product: RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller

Nothing saying Wireless interface???


I had an issue with my WiFi card when I installed Ubuntu on my older laptop. The same issue with the WiFi being disabled occurred. I found that I had to install necessary WiFi drivers and I found those.

Works with my WiFi card listed below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hanipouspilot/rtlwifi
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rflwifi-new-dkms-linux-firmware
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Also, as far as looking for your wi-fi card you can find it by typing:


your wireless card should be under wlan0 if not try:

sudo lshw -short


This will display all current hardware including the wireless card which will be under the Class - Network category and have a description similar to something like this:

AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)

Also, it seems like TLP will heavily configure your settings even overriding some of yours in order to save battery life or so I have read. You can try editing the configuration file by typing:

gksudo gedit /etc/default/tlp

and search for these settings: WOL_DISABLE=Y and WIFI_PWR_ON_AC=1 WIFI_PWR_ON_BAT=5


  • heres the reference: linrunner.de/en/tlp/docs/tlp-configuration.html – subutai Apr 7 '16 at 16:30
  • You are welcome. To be more specific, I would try changing the configuration settings in the TLP file first. Switch the WIFI_PWR_ON_BAT=5 to WIFI_PWR_ON_BAT=1 . It sets the wi-fi power saving mode which 5 means enabled and 1 means disabled. Obviously you want the power saving for your wifi card disabled. – subutai Apr 7 '16 at 16:35
  • Hi - the above fix didn't help. Also - I tried changing WIFI_PWR_ON_BAT=5 to 1 as noted in my post #1. Thanks for trying – Edward Miles Apr 7 '16 at 19:26

I faced the same problem,

I fixed my problem by

Uninstalling TLP and Installing Wireless Drivers

Command: (to remove tlp) (sorry I have OCD)

sudo apt-get purge tlp
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get clean all
sudo apt-get autoclean

Command: (to install 802.11 drivers) (I am on Kali rolling and using Wicd network manager)

sudo apt-get install firmware-brcm80211 firmware-b43-installer firmware-b43legacy-installer broadcom-sta-dkms

if you don't know the repository of Kali: ( Paste this in /etc/apt/souces.list and save )

deb http://repo.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main contrib non-free

I also noticed, while installing tlp, the package arping was replaced by iputils-arping. Hence,

sudo apt-get install arping

Restart Required

Thats it!

(if this works for you, please upvote so I can get right to answer, comment, upvote, etc)

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