Configure Wi-Fi

We recommend using NetworkManager to manage network connections. If you choose to connect to Wi-Fi while using the live installer image, your Wi-Fi settings will be added to your system during the installation process.

NetworkManager provides three simple methods for configuring Wi-Fi.

Desktop GUI (Graphical User Interface)

  1. Click anywhere on the icons at the right side of the top of the screen to bring up a menu and click on Wi-Fi Not Connected then choose Select Network.

  2. Scroll through the list and select the network you’d like to connect to and click Connect.

  3. Enter the password and click Connect.

  4. The Wi-Fi icon should now show the signal strength of the connection.

  5. If you are installing using the live image, resume the installation process now. Your Wi-Fi configuration will automatically be included in the install.


CLI (Command Line Interface)

  1. List the available Wi-Fi networks

    nmcli device wifi list
    IN-USE  SSID                           MODE   CHAN  RATE        SIGNAL  BARS  SECURITY
            1st Network                    Infra  1     54 Mbit/s   65      ▂▄▆_  --
            2nd Network                    Infra  1     130 Mbit/s  52      ▂▄__  --
            3rd Network                    Infra  10    195 Mbit/s  29      ▂___  WPA2
  2. Join the network.

    nmcli device wifi connect $SSID password $password
    Device 'wlp1s0' successfully activated with 'f2501e67-27a3-4cf2-a8d9-cce3d029b788'.


To avoid having the Wi-Fi password stored in bash history, consider using the TUI.

TUI (Text-based User Interface)

  1. Launch the NetworkManager Text User Interface

  2. Select Activate a connection and hit return.

  3. Use the arrow keys to select your network and then select Activate and hit return.

  4. Enter your password and hit return to select OK.

  5. Select Back and hit return.

  6. Select Quit and hit return to exit.


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