My wireless connection is frequently terminated (reason unknown). I can remedy the problem either by rebooting or by unloading and reloading the kernel module for my wireless network interface controller (Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 1000 [Condor Peak]).

The frequency with which the connection terminates appears to be random, so unloading and reloading the kernel once per minute (cron: */1 * * * * modprobe -r iwlagn; modprobe iwlagn; iwconfig) usually provides uninterrupted connectivity for a period of a few hours.

If I recall correctly, this problem occurred shortly after upgrading to multiarch support in Debian 7. Please advise if you know or can suggest a solution.

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I believe this is a known issue with the N 1000 cards. I have one in my laptop that has been plagued by this issue since day one. What we ended up doing was disabling the N side of this card since that is where the issue was isolated by myself and others.

This blog post extensively covered the issue, titled:

You can disable wireless N functionality temporarily like so:

$ modprobe iwlagn 11n_disable=1

To make it permanent:

# /etc/modprobe.d/wireless.conf
options iwlagn 11n_disable=1

then unload and reload the driver:

# unload
$ rmmod iwlagn

# load
$ modprobe iwlagn

Latest Intel Drivers

You can try downloading and installing the latest Centrino drivers for the N-1000 cards from here, Wireless Networking + Intel® Wi-Fi Products + Intel® Centrino® Wireless.

  • Thanks for the information. I will try disabling 802.11N for a day or so to confirm that the network termination problem has resolved.
    – user001
    Sep 14, 2013 at 23:55
  • Implementing these steps seems to help somewhat, but the connection still terminates periodically, requiring manual reactivation using the commands specified in the original post.
    – user001
    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:18
  • @user001 - if you have control over the access point you might want to try disabling wireless-N there as well.
    – slm
    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:21
  • Thanks, unfortunately the access point is in a work environment, and I do not have control over it.
    – user001
    Sep 19, 2013 at 21:54
  • @user001 - if you're totally desperate you can try getting the latest Intel drivers, downloadcenter.intel.com/…. Added this to the answer too!
    – slm
    Sep 19, 2013 at 21:57

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