I am affected by this bug: 869502.

A workaround which seems to stop the kernel panics for me is to disable wlan0 power management:

sudo iwconfig wlan0 power off

However it seems to automatically turn power management back on when I unplug the power cable and I think at many other times, too.

Is there something that might be causing this? Does anyone know how I can prevent it?


11 Answers 11


Type iwconfig and look at the output. You should see the name of your chip-set as well as the whether power management is off or on. If it doesn't say, it is probably off.

To turn off power management, go to /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/default-wifi-powersave-on.conf and you will see

wifi.powersave = 3

Change the 3 to a 2 and reboot.

Then run iwconfig and if it worked you should see Power Management:off.

Source: https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/internet

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    This seemed to turn off my power management! Commented Dec 15, 2016 at 1:59
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    this also seems to be the right way to do it
    – Ufos
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 9:32
  • This worked for me on Ubuntu 17.10. Seems far more straightforward and easily reversible than the other approaches (e.g. blacklisting).
    – josephwb
    Commented Jan 31, 2018 at 19:46
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    worked perfectly in Ubuntu 20.04 for Qualcomm atheros QCA9377
    – Abdul Rauf
    Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 17:20
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    Here are all the possible values and the meaning: NM_SETTING_WIRELESS_POWERSAVE_DEFAULT (0): use the default value NM_SETTING_WIRELESS_POWERSAVE_IGNORE (1): don't touch existing setting NM_SETTING_WIRELESS_POWERSAVE_DISABLE (2): disable powersave NM_SETTING_WIRELESS_POWERSAVE_ENABLE (3): enable powersave. The source: gist.github.com/jcberthon/ea8cfe278998968ba7c5a95344bc8b55.
    – Danijel
    Commented Jan 25, 2021 at 10:58

Wireless powermanagement is run by a hook in pm-utils. You can turn it off in any of the following way:

Create a file in /etc/pm/config.d. I have named it blacklist:

gksu gedit /etc/pm/config.d/blacklist

and inside the file keep:


If you want to disable any other hooks, default hooks are located at /usr/lib/pm-utils/power.d/.


You can just create an empty hook in either /etc/pm/sleep.d or /etc/pm/power.d. See which one works for you. i.e.

Just do

sudo touch /etc/pm/sleep.d/wireless


sudo touch /etc/pm/power.d/wireless
  • I used the first method. It's working. Thanks!
    – Alex
    Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 5:57
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    None of the methods work for me. Commented Jan 5, 2012 at 14:05
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    could we do chmod -x /usr/lib/pm-utils/power.d/wireless instead ? Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 14:10
  • I don't have the gksu command (Ubuntu Studio 20.10). Commented Feb 25, 2021 at 19:18

If turning off power management for your wireless interface speeds up internet like this:

sudo iwconfig wlan0 power off

Than to make it permanent run command as follows:

  1. cd /etc/pm/power.d

  2. sudo gedit wifi_pwr_off

    This will open an empty file, copy the code below into it:

    /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 power off
  3. Save the file, remember to

    sudo chmod +x wifi_pwr_off

    and restart.

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    When i write sudo iwconfig wlan0 power off i get this message : Error for wireless request "Set Power Management" (8B2C) : SET failed on device wlan0 ; No such device. Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 10:41
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    Run iwconfig without any agrument sudo iwconfig and check which interface has wireless extension. Sometimes it is eth1.
    – Dilawar
    Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 7:14

My preferred way is to add the following line in /etc/network/interfaces to my wireless interface's settings:

post-up iwconfig wlan0 power off

Here's a complete example:

auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet static
 post-up iwconfig wlan0 power off
 wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

Note that man interfaces says the behaviour of post-up may change in the future.

  • This solution is far better than scripting a power off. The solutions involving a sleep before the power off is that if the client fails to associate before the sleep expires wlan0 stays down, even when the network comes within range. Commented Sep 22, 2017 at 11:58
  • This option works like a charm on Raspbian Stretch. For me is the better option. Commented Dec 13, 2017 at 12:07

For some reason, the top-voted solutions didn't work for me and power management kept turning back on. I ended up doing the following:

sudo gedit /etc/rc.local

And added the following line before exit 0:

( sleep 30 && iwconfig wlan0 power off )&

That turns off power management 30 seconds after logging in...

Edit: Actually that wasn't enough. I kept trying a bunch of stuff, including https://askubuntu.com/a/614245 which I think solved my problem (I hope).


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

A better approach (at least on Ubuntu 16.04) is to create /etc/network/if-up.d/wifi-powerman-off with the following contents:


WLAN_IFACE=<your wireless device here>

if [ ! -x $IWCONFIG ]; then
    exit 1

if [ "$IFACE" = $WLAN_IFACE ]; then
    $IWCONFIG $IFACE power off

and set it as executable. Power management will be off from the next time you connect to a network.

This works well with NetworkManager.

  • I hope this works. I hope, I hope, I hope!!! Tired of Linux tossing my wifi connection at random times. /rant Ubuntu 16.04 has some major issues here /endrant
    – RyanNerd
    Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 18:57
  • Nope didn't work. Intel 7260 is a piece of crap! I've given up.
    – RyanNerd
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 9:15

Great advice. 'sudo iwconfig wlan0 power off' seems the only way to get my ath9k module stabily working (with kernel 3.2 - curiously in kernel > 3.5 there seems to be no problem, but that kernels because of their suspend-to-ram/disk problems with amd64 seem to be a no go, unfortunately . . . :-( )


If you use laptop-mode-tools, then you can disable wireless power management by editing /etc/laptop-mode/conf.d/wireless-iwl-power.conf (Ubuntu 14.04):

# Control Intel IWL wireless power?
# Set to 0 to disable

I created the following systemd service to PERSISTENTLY kill Power Management on WiFi across reboots. Tested and known to work. Just paste the below bash script into a file, chmod 700 the file and sudo ./yourFileName.sh :

if [ -d /root/scripts ]; then
    mkdir /root/scripts

apt-get -y install iw
apt-get -y install wireless-tools

cat <<EOF> /root/scripts/pwr-mgmnt-wifi-disable.sh
iw dev wlan0 set power_save off

chmod 700 /root/scripts/pwr-mgmnt-wifi-disable.sh

cat <<EOF> /etc/systemd/system//pwr-mgmnt-wifi-disable.service
Description=Disable WiFi Power Management




chmod 644 /etc/systemd/system/pwr-mgmnt-wifi-disable.service

systemctl enable pwr-mgmnt-wifi-disable.service
systemctl start pwr-mgmnt-wifi-disable.service

Why not open crontab and add the command at boot/reboot. This seems like the easiest and most universal method:

sudo crontab -e

and then add

@reboot iwconfig wlan0 power off

Could be that you have to install iwconfig first: sudo apt install wireless-tools

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