Wifi Light Blinks Constantly, even when there's no apparent NetworkUsage...

Saqman2060 saqman2060 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 19 13:15:38 UTC 2015

You can to the right place. A constant blinking light usually indicates network activity. Either it is in transition or stuck in a loop.

Are you using a PCI wireless network controller or a wi-fi USB adaptor?

Did you check your router for constant blinking lights? 

If you can disconnect your wi-fi adaptor from the router and see if the lights on the router still blink. This will narrow the problem to either the router or the adaptor. 

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From: "- Swerdfiger" <swerdfiger89 at yahoo.ca>
Sent: ‎2/‎18/‎2015 6:01 PM
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Subject: Wifi Light Blinks Constantly, even when there's no apparent NetworkUsage...

I hope this is the appropriate place to send this. I have a small old netbook I wanted to breath life into. I'm not sure what specifically is needed. It's an Acer Aspire with an Intel Atom Processor, 1 GB ram, 8 GB ssd (yes only 8). I originally had a Fedora xfce spin on it and decided to take a chance on Lubuntu for a change. I decided to opt for the Lubuntu LTS version. I'm not completely new to linux as I said, but never used Ubuntu/Lubuntu or any debian-based Linux before. I doubt that's relevant. The issue is, unlike when I had Fedora, as easy and wonderful and beautiful as the new Lubuntu is, my Wifi light is going constantly. I turned off updates entirely because I thought it was wasting bandwidth and my precious small SSD space. That did nothing, so I tried sudo iftop -i wlan0 and saw essentially nothing going on...(occasional DNS entry comes up but thats it)...iftop seems a bit more descriptive than I'm interested in, but from what I can tell, it's showing that there's nothing going on, yet the light continues to blink. I don't want to permanently turn off the wifi light - I just need it to only blink to tell me if there's something happening - if it's downloading or not. I've done a google search, and all I can find is Stop the blinking wireless LED in Linux but I don't want to disable it entirely and it appears that's what this does. I'd just like it to only blink when necessary. Thank you in advance.

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