HowTo: Raspberry Pi – “SSH is not responding” or “is very slow” issue-fix

Recently, after reinstalling Raspian on the RaspberryPi, I had the problem that SSH access was painfully slow. Mostly you could enter the user name and the password still “normal fast”, but then it often took up to ten minutes until the usual welcome message was displayed.

To solve this problem the following solution helped.

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Helpful Articles:
Before you start with this article, you should have prepared the RaspberryPi so far that it can be reached via the network and controlled by SSH.

The following articles describe what to do to prepare the RaspberryPi:
RaspberryPi – Setting up for Nerdiys!
RaspberryPi – The first configuration
RaspberryPi – Controlling the RaspberryPi via SSH

Required tools:

Required material:

In the following list you will find all the parts you need to implement this article.

Log in via SSH on the RaspberryPi

To get started, you first need to log in to RasPi with SSH on Putty. How to do it is described in the article

After entering your username and password you can start to enter the first commands.

Change IPQoS value

This change fixes the error that the SSH connection to your RaspberryPi becomes so slow after entering username and password that console operation is no longer possible.
This error only occurs when you access the RaspberryPi over a wireless network. It should not occur with a cable connection.

To fix it you have to enter a command/value change in two configuration files of your SSH client.

Open the first configuration file through the following command:

sudo nano /etc/ssh/ssh_config
Navigate with the arrow keys to the end of the file …
… and insert the value change “IPQoS 0x00” there. Save and close the file with “CTRL + X” and “Y” to confirm.
IPQoS 0x00

The same repeats again with the other configuration file. Open it with:

sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config
Navigate with the arrow keys to the end of the file …

… and insert the value change “IPQoS 0x00” there. Save and close the file with “CTRL + X” and “Y” to confirm. After a restart of the RaspberryPi (command “sudo reboot”), your console connection should be as fast as usual.

Change value using a single command

“Kveldulfur” left a note in the comments that sometimes you don’t even have the opportunity to navigate to the setting of the value. In this case, the value can also be set correctly with just one command. Just enter the following command.

echo „IPQoS 0X00“ >> /etc/ssh/ssh_config && echo „IPQoS 0X00“ >> /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Then restart your RaspberryPi and the console should now react faster.

Have fun with the project

I hope everything worked as described. If not or you have any other questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments. Also, ideas for new projects are always welcome. 🙂

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  1. Hallo!
    Da ich leider nur per WLAN mit auf den RasPI Zero einloggen konnte, war es unmöglich einen Editor dort zu öffnen, um die Werte in der Konfiguration nachzutragen. Ich habe folgende Befehle genutzt:

    echo „IPQoS 0X00“ >> /etc/ssh/ssh_config
    echo „IPQoS 0X00“ >> /etc/ssh/sshd_config

    Und anschließend Strom ab und wieder ran und es lief wieder besser.

  2. Und wieder mal ein super Tipp!!
    Ich weiß nicht ob Google mich jetzt schon automatisch immer zu dir lenkt oder es einfach daran liegt, dass dein Beitrag eben wieder Top ist 🙂

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