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.

    ../../_images/wifi-1.1.png
  2. Scroll through the list and select the network you’d like to connect to and click Connect.

    ../../_images/wifi-2.png
  3. Enter the password and click Connect.

    ../../_images/wifi-3.png
  4. The Wi-Fi icon should now show the signal strength of the connection.

    ../../_images/wifi-4.png
  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.

    ../../_images/wifi-5.png

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'.
    

Note

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

    nmtui
    
  2. Select Activate a connection and hit return.

    ../../_images/nmtui_1.png
  3. Use the arrow keys to select your network and then select Activate and hit return.

    ../../_images/nmtui_2.png
  4. Enter your password and hit return to select OK.

    ../../_images/nmtui_3.png
  5. Select Back and hit return.

    ../../_images/nmtui_4.png
  6. Select Quit and hit return to exit.

    ../../_images/nmtui_5.png

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