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Thread: Ubuntu 13.04 crashes Netgear WPN824 router

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2009

    Ubuntu 13.04 crashes Netgear WPN824 router

    I have had a problem with all versions of Ubuntu for the past 2 years: whenever I attempt to connect to my home wireless network from my laptop, the router crashes, disconnecting all devices. The router is a Netgear WPN824 (RangeMax), and the laptop is a Lenovo T420 with a RealTek RTL8188CE wireless card, currently running a fully up-to-date installation of Ubuntu 13.04. It used to be that an attempt to connect would require rebooting the router before any devices could reconnect to the network; recently (perhaps after updating to 13.04), the router comes back to life a minute or two after I turn off the laptop's wireless card. The laptop can connect just fine to the same network with the same password when booted into Windows, with no adverse effects on other devices.

    I have tried downloading, compiling, and installing the latest RealTek drivers from, but it made no difference. (In case this may help any netizens trying the same, I had to add the following to pci.h to get the drivers to compile:
    # define __devinit
    # define __devinitdata
    # define __devinit __init
    # define __devinitdata __initdata

    I've searched and found a couple of threads on similar-sounding issues, but none that was quite the same had any replies. Does anyone know what the solution might be?

    Output from lspci | grep 802.11b:
    03:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter (rev 01)

    Output from iwconfig:
    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    lo no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSIDff/any
    Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=off
    Retry long limit:7 RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thrff
    Power Managementff

    Output from modinfo rtl8192ce:
    filename: /lib/modules/3.8.0-22-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/rtlwifi/rtl8192ce/rtl8192ce.ko
    firmware: rtlwifi/rtl8192cfw.bin
    description: Realtek 8192C/8188C 802.11n PCI wireless
    license: GPL
    author: Larry Finger <>
    author: Realtek WlanFAE <>
    author: lizhaoming <>
    srcversion: 8371CA3A9E899B11125FFDE
    alias: pci:v000010ECd00008176sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v000010ECd00008177sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v000010ECd00008178sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias: pci:v000010ECd00008191sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    depends: rtlwifi,mac80211
    vermagic: 3.8.0-22-generic SMP mod_unload modversions
    parm: swlps:bool
    parm: swenc:using hardware crypto (default 0 [hardware])
    parm: ips:using no link power save (default 1 is open)
    parm: fwlps:using linked fw control power save (default 1 is open)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 crashes Netgear WPN824 router

    Update the firmware in the Netgear WPN824 (RangeMax) router ...?


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