Losing connectivity after a Chrome request posted on 30 August 2015

When I upgraded my kernel from 4.0.7-2 to 4.1.4.1 (and more recently to 4.1.6-1) I had a really annoying bug and since it wasted some of my time, I hope that this post may help someone.

After my 4.1 kernel update, I would start connected to the internet. I could ping any server, use wget, but as soon as I would make a request on Chromium or Firefox, I would “lose connectivity” after a few seconds. By loosing connectivity, the pings would timeout or fail with “Destination Host Unreachable”. Once of the reason I had a hard time finding the reason is that I had no errors reported by the kernel or the driver. The only way to get back a connectivity was to take down the interface and bring it back up.

Eventually, everything boiled down to my Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 driver. Increasing the MTU to 9000 fixed my problem as described on this archlinux bug