USB ethernet adapter (Realtek r8153) keeps disconnecting

Since upgrading to Ubuntu 18.04 from 17.10 my usb ethernet adapter keeps disconnecting. It used to work perfectly with 17.10.

dmesg shows the following output upon a connection drop:

[  273.462732] usb 4-1.4: usb_reset_and_verify_device Failed to disable LTM
[  273.643622] usb 4-1.4: USB disconnect, device number 11
[  273.795468] usb 4-1.4: new SuperSpeed USB device number 12 using xhci_hcd
[  273.816520] usb 4-1.4: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=8153
[  273.816522] usb 4-1.4: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=6
[  273.816523] usb 4-1.4: Product: USB 10/100/1000 LAN
[  273.816524] usb 4-1.4: Manufacturer: Realtek
[  273.816525] usb 4-1.4: SerialNumber: 0000A5
[  273.896167] usb 4-1.4: reset SuperSpeed USB device number 12 using xhci_hcd
[  273.948778] r8152 4-1.4:1.0 eth0: v1.09.9
[  274.503001] r8152 4-1.4:1.0 enx144fd7d04a3c: renamed from eth0
[  274.539481] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): enx144fd7d04a3c: link is not ready
[  274.543857] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): enx144fd7d04a3c: link is not ready
[  276.431243] r8152 4-1.4:1.0 enx144fd7d04a3c: carrier on
[  276.431258] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): enx144fd7d04a3c: link becomes ready

Answers 3

  • While writing the question I found the source of the bug on the kernel mailing list. The r8152 driver which is responsible for managing my r8153 adapter cannot handle the usb autosuspend (done for power saving reasons). Blacklisting the device for usb autosuspend solves the disconnects and is done like so:

    Find out the usb id of your device (0bda:8153 in my case) by using lsusb, which gives me:

    Bus 004 Device 003: ID 0bda:8153 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

    Now you open /etc/default/tlp and search for USB_BLACKLIST and add an entry for your device:


    You may need to reboot, after which your ethernet connection should be stable again.

  • I stumbled on this issue as well, but for me the problem was that the r1852 LAN driver's faulty ability to auto-suspend was the culprit for my random freezes.

    I solved it using powertop, which is nice because you don't have to find out the usb id of the device.

  • You can also do this using kernel udev rules. I created udev rules both to turn off usb autosuspend for the device and also turn off Turbo Mode of the CPU (which may help too):

    ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0bda", ATTR{idProduct}=="8153", TEST=="power/control", ATTR{power/control}="on"
    KERNEL=="cpu",RUN+="/bin/sh -c 'echo -n 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/intel_pstate/no_turbo'"

    Put the above in a file: /etc/udev/rules.d/50-cpu-custom.rules

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