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Wifi indicator led is blinking when using internet.

by stylexp / July 20, 2013 11:27 AM PDT

I am using Ubuntu 13.04 along with windows 8 (dual boot). Whenever I use internet the wifi indicator is blinking in Ubuntu. I don't like this featue of Ubuntu. Can anybody tell me how to fix this?


Thank you,

Ramesh

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Clarification Request
Did you ask google?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2013 1:00 AM PDT
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I think most want it blinking
by James Denison / July 22, 2013 3:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Did you ask google?

I know in windows I liked having the green and red network lights in the corner to indicate when traffic was being passed. It was handy at times when I'd made no internet request but the lights started going nuts, I could suspect maybe some hacker software was doing ports probing, or I'd picked up a Trojan, and I'd go offline, scan, dial back up and get a new IP, just in case. Easier during days of dialup modem to do that one to get new IP address. Firewalls and routers deal with most of those problems now.

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As the office, we had to change designs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2013 3:21 AM PDT

Consumers have told us that RED lights means something is bad. So a green light = OK. Blinking is "something is wrong." And red blinking lights mean that it's really bad.
Bob

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People using Ubuntu
by livepcexpert7 / July 23, 2013 8:38 AM PDT

Apparently Intel has decided that people using Ubuntu (and Linux in general)
on laptops with an Intel wireless card simply must know when data is being
transferred over the connection. To that end, Intel wifi cards constantly
blink the LED whenever data is being transferred. I think every other
wireless card on the planet just has a solid LED light to indicate the
wireless is on (or off, using the physical switch), but not Intel cards.
Personally I find the constantly blinking lights pretty annoying.

There's no easy-to-find setting to change the LED to always-on. But there is
a solution: create a little script to change the LED to solid whenever you
connect to a new wireless network. It's pretty easy to do, too.

You can follow the link mentioned below to get the detailed steps
https://alexcabal.com/stop-blinking-intel-wifi-led-on-ubuntu-karmic/

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Have you tried the NDISwrapper program?
by James Denison / July 23, 2013 9:39 AM PDT

For some problematic wireless it can create a wrapper around using Windows device driver files. Here's a wiki on it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NDISwrapper

I know MINT Linux comes with it included in the install.

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