I keep logged into my Raspberry Pi from my Mac. The Pi is connected to my network using a USB WiFi adapter. But when I leave the login idle for a while, I find it to be (a) frozen and (b) I cannot login via a new ssh session - in fact, I can't even ping the Pi anymore.
I found the solution for problem (b) above in a StackOverflow post.
This is what you need to do:
sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/8192cu.conf
Add the following:
# Disable power management
options 8192cu rtw_power_mgnt=0
Thanks to user Herohtar at SO - I tried this, and it seems to work very well. I still need to figure out problem (a) - prevent a login session from freezing on long periods of inactivity.