Bug 1921242

Summary: After Linux 5.8, wifi is extremely slow a few seconds after connecting
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Daniel Farina <daniel>
Component: kernelAssignee: Kernel Maintainer List <kernel-maint>
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>
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Priority: unspecified    
Version: 36CC: acaringi, adscvr, airlied, alciregi, bskeggs, hdegoede, itamar, jarodwilson, jeremy, jglisse, jonathan, josef, kernel-maint, lgoncalv, linville, masami256, mchehab, ptalbert, steved
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Last Closed: 2022-05-17 16:07:51 UTC Type: Bug
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dmesg for an affected boot 5.10 none

Description Daniel Farina 2021-01-27 18:57:31 UTC
Created attachment 1751355 [details]
dmesg for an unaffected boot

Created attachment 1751355 [details]
dmesg for an unaffected boot

> 1. Please describe the problem:

I have a Dell XPS 15 with the following WiFi controller

3b:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (rev 1a).

On newer kernels, my wifi is agonizingly slow a few seconds after connection.

> 2. What is the Version-Release number of the kernel:
> 3. Did it work previously in Fedora? If so, what kernel version did the issue
>   *first* appear?  Old kernels are available for download at
>   https://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/packageinfo?packageID=8 :

5.8.15-301.fc33.x86_64 seems to work.
5.10.10-200.fc33.x86_64 does not work.

> 4. Can you reproduce this issue? If so, please provide the steps to reproduce
>   the issue below:

1) Connect to WiFi (in my case, an 802.11ax on 5ghz)
2) Go to any speed testing site

After a few seconds, I will be getting from 10-120 kilobytes a second, which makes downloading old kernels agonizingly slow. Normally I can download megabytes in a second. I worked around it by toggling my rfkill button to get a few key seconds of full speed download.

> 5. Does this problem occur with the latest Rawhide kernel? To install the
>   Rawhide kernel, run ``sudo dnf install fedora-repos-rawhide`` followed by
>   ``sudo dnf update --enablerepo=rawhide kernel``:

Yes: 5.11.0-0.rc4.129.fc34.x86_64 #1 SMP Mon Jan 18 07:07:56 UTC 2021 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

6. Are you running any modules that not shipped with directly Fedora's kernel?:


Comment 1 Daniel Farina 2021-01-27 19:27:10 UTC
Created attachment 1751361 [details]
dmesg for an affected boot 5.10

Comment 2 Daniel Farina 2021-02-13 16:47:33 UTC
I saw some iwl firmware updates go by, so I decided to give new (non-rawhide) kernels  another try.

Still having the problem. So I'm downgrading to 5.8 again.

5.10.14-200.fc33.x86_64 #1 SMP Sun Feb 7 19:59:31 UTC 2021 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Comment 3 Daniel Farina 2021-02-24 21:57:30 UTC
I tried 5.10.16-200.fc33. Similar problem. It lasted somewhat longer, that could be chance, but eventually I could get no bytes through in a timely manner. 5.8.15-301.fc33.x86_64 never has a problem, I've been using it continuously except for my occasional few hours (tops) testing a new kernel.

Comment 4 Daniel Farina 2021-03-23 17:16:06 UTC
Still using 5.8 for weeks at a time where it acts normally. Saw a new kernel and IWL firmware update, and tried them out, 5.11.7-200.fc33. In a few minutes, wifi was unusable, a similar symptom as before.

Comment 5 Daniel Farina 2021-04-19 16:42:59 UTC
Tried out the newish 5.11.14-200.fc33. After a few minutes, same thing. Still no problems with 5.8.15-301.fc33 running for extended periods.

Comment 6 Daniel Farina 2021-05-03 18:07:43 UTC
Upgraded to Fedora 34, 5.11.17-300.fc34 carries the same defect. Still using 5.8.15-301.fc33.

Comment 7 Daniel Farina 2021-05-13 20:51:35 UTC
Tried out 5.11.19-300.fc34. Still a problem, though it took a few minutes to appear (this has happened on previous kernels, too). 5.8.15-301.fc33.x86_64 is still stable with wifi. I have noted in Fedora 34 that un-sleeping the laptop is no longer reliable, with either 5.8 or 5.11.

Comment 8 Daniel Farina 2021-06-04 01:38:55 UTC
Reproduced on 5.12.8-300.fc34

Comment 9 Daniel Farina 2021-06-25 17:21:20 UTC
Reproduced on 5.12.12-300.fc34

Comment 10 Daniel Farina 2021-07-24 00:07:52 UTC
I just spent a week on a different wifi network and I cannot reproduce this against a Linksys Velop mesh system (Wifi 6 5ghz) but I can against my usual Orbi mesh (also Wifi 6 5ghz).

Comment 11 Daniel Farina 2022-02-24 01:27:37 UTC
Reproduced on 5.15.18-200.fc35. I'm still using 5.8.15-301.fc33.x86_64 to make this laptop usable.

Comment 12 Ben Cotton 2022-05-12 15:37:53 UTC
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It is Fedora's policy to close all bug reports from releases that are no longer
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Comment 13 Daniel Farina 2022-05-17 16:07:51 UTC
This resolved to me. Perhaps a new kernel caused it, but I think much more likely is a relatively large set of firmware updates sent by Dell.