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

Andre Rodovalho andre.rodovalho at gmail.com
Thu Feb 19 18:23:28 UTC 2015

No really sure, maybe it is keepalive data...

2015-02-19 11:15 GMT-02:00 Saqman2060 <saqman2060 at gmail.com>:

> 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
> To: lubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
> 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
> <http://www.tomdesair.com/blog/2012/04/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.
> [image: image]
> <http://www.tomdesair.com/blog/2012/04/stop-the-blinking-wireless-led-in-linux/>
> Stop the blinking wireless LED in Linux
> <http://www.tomdesair.com/blog/2012/04/stop-the-blinking-wireless-led-in-linux/>
> I've recently had some problems with the wireless LED of my laptop in
> Linux. I have a Intel WiFi Link 5100 but this also applies to other Intel
> WiFi cards.  The LED...
> View on www.tomdesair.com
> <http://www.tomdesair.com/blog/2012/04/stop-the-blinking-wireless-led-in-linux/>
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