I have an HP Stream 11 Netbook, that I used to run Xubuntu on for about half a year. I decided to switch to freya, but have been having connectivity problems. The WiFi signal will drop out, but the indicator shows that I am still connected. Restarting, solves the problem for about 5 minutes then happens again. Any suggestions?

  • I have the same problem with the hp stream 11, if anyone can help us...please :(
    – user4408
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 21:20
  • @ChamTonybolouny Do you need to be close to the router to even connect?
    – Jeremy31
    Commented Mar 10, 2016 at 11:34
  • In my case, distance to the router was not the issue. Commented Mar 12, 2016 at 1:14

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The specific solution that worked for me can be found here.Fix for the Realtek RTL8723BE driver in Ubuntu Trusty

My problem was caused by a realtek driver. It apparently would go into a sleep mode inappropriately. I tried to update the driver, but it didn't work. Eventually I found a solution that required me to enter a line of code to disable the wifi sleep mode. For now the best advice I can give is:

  1. open a terminal and type lspci. It will give you a list of devices inside your computer, including your wifi card.

  2. Once you know that make and model # of your wifi card you can search for a fix that is specific to your hardware.

  3. I found my solution by using key terms that included the wifi card, drops signal and Ubuntu 14.04. Elementary Freya is built on Ubuntu 14.04 so if it works in Ubuntu it should work for you.

You may have a different wifi card,but the methodology above should put you on the right track to finding a solution.

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