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#1 2022-01-05 01:46:11

ahillio
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Registered: 2021-03-13
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what program configures wifi networks... and how does it work?

I don't know how to connect to wifi networks.

I see I can press the window/super key to open a menu, type 'network' into the search and hit Enter... to open a Network Connections window.  What program is this?

It gives me a button that appears like it's meant to help me create a new wifi network... but I don't know how to do this...

1. there appears to be no way to search for existing networks - is this so, or am I missing it?
2. i'm expected to manually enter data to configure the wifi network before i can sign on to it?
3. I don't know what to enter in any of those fields.

I'm not sure what Bunsen Labs version I'm using, it might be Lithium, I installed what seemed to be current version back in March(2021).

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#2 2022-01-05 01:53:11

ahillio
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Re: what program configures wifi networks... and how does it work?

Do most BunsenLabs users just do this on the command line?

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#3 2022-01-05 02:00:51

ahillio
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Re: what program configures wifi networks... and how does it work?

nmcli is available for configuring wifi and networks on the commandline:

nmcli dev wifi

will list the wifi networks available.

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#4 2022-01-05 11:09:13

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Re: what program configures wifi networks... and how does it work?

BunsenLabs uses NetworkManager to provide detection and configuration for systems to automatically connect to networks.

The NetworkManager daemon attempts to make networking configuration and operation as painless and automatic as possible by managing the primary network connection and other network interfaces, like Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Mobile Broadband devices. NetworkManager will connect any network device when a connection for that device becomes available, unless that behavior is disabled. For wireless networks, NetworkManager prefers known wireless networks and has the ability to switch to the most reliable network.
Known network-profiles is saved in /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/*
Note: NetworkManager will not handle network interfaces listed in file /etc/networks!

Package "network-manager-gnome", provides "nm-applet". It places an icon in Tint2 systray.
nm-applet is a GTK‐based GUI applet to monitor network status and devices and to start and stop network connections managed by NetworkManager. Hovering the mouse over the icon, popes tooltips with info of current network status.

nm-connection-editor - is  a  GTK‐based  application  to  add,  remove,  and modify network connections stored by NetworkManager.
Can be started from the nm-applet icon in tint2 or command nm-connection-editor.
Screendumps from configuring network with nm-connection-editor is on https://linuxhint.com/nm-connection-editor-ubuntu/

NetworkManager has command-line interfaces:
nmtui is a simple curses‐based TUI application (TUI – "Terminal User Interface" or "Text-based User Interface") for interacting with NetworkManager. When starting nmtui, the user is prompted to choose the activity to perform unless it was specified as the first argument (edit, connect or hostname).

nmcli - command-line tool for controlling NetworkManager
Can be used in scripts.

For more info, see manpages; NetworkManager, NetworkManager.conf, nmcli, nmcli-examples, nm-applet  and nm-connection-editor.
https://wiki.debian.org/NetworkManager,
https://wiki.debian.org/NetworkConfiguration
https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/NetworkManager

Last edited by rbh (2022-01-05 12:41:53)


// Regards rbh

Please read before requesting help: Guide to getting help,
Introduction to the Bunsenlabs Lithium Desktop and other help topics under "Help Resources" on the BunsenLabs menu

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