Jetson Nano not responding or responding very slow over SSH.

I have been facing this weird problem for over three weeks and have tried a lot of different ways to tackle it but still can’t solve the problem.

The setup:

I am using the Jetson Nano for my drone so I have connected my Pixhawk FCU to the Nano via USB.
I have also connected a ZED Mini camera using USB.
I have powered the Nano using a 4-cell LiPo battery via the barrel jack. There is a Power Distribution Board in between to make sure constant 5V is supplied to the Nano.
I had initially connected a WiFi dongle to the Nano, but later on, switched to the Intel WiFi adapter.

The problem:

I SSH to the Nano via my laptop and run MAVROS (ROS) node and the ZED ROS wrapper. I also run my own node which is a simple PID controller. But as soon as I start the ZED wrapper, the SSH connection becomes very slow or just stops responding. I start pinging the Nano from another terminal and see that there is no ping response or it says “Destination Host Unreachable”. I also have monitored the system’s memory usage via ‘htop’ and it doesn’t use any more than 50% on all the cores.
But interestingly, if I have connected the Nano to a display via HDMI, the system is working fine on that end. I can operate from there. I tried changing the power supply to an adapter, changed the WiFi dongle, changed the SD card, turned off the network power saver, added a fan on the heatsink, but the problem still persists.

The problem also isn’t consistent, I can test my stuff on a few lucky days with absolutely no lag, but a lot of times I face this problem and can’t find a fix to it. I know the description seems a little weird but if you need any more logs then please tell me but I desparately need to fix this issue.

Thank you for your time.

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Curious if the Rpi solutions would fix your issues.

Check out the UseDNS item mentioned in this link. I’m curious if that will help.

This problem sounds have many variables here. Wifi adapter/ROS node/ZED wrapper and HDMI (also, issue is intermittent).

Could you try to narrow down the minimum requirement for reproduce this issue? Actually, I don’t know what is ZED ROS wrapper. Could you share the detail too?

This is a common issue with Jetsons, the wifi has a power saving mode you can change with this command:

$ iw dev wlan0 set power_save off

you can restore this by

$ iw dev wlan0 get power_save

This has helped me a lot. I had reported an issue (#126346) that I noticed the connection dropping out when I ran experiments over WiFi. Upon touching the nano ran extremely hot, so I suspected an overheating issue.
state today (08/06/2020 - that’s EU format, not american), turning off the power saver mode at least keeps the pings at a constant pace (~1ms) so it apparently helps with that. I will run my ROS experiments and report if they have been affected by the connection.
Thanks for the hint behnam!