No Wi-Fi device found

I just reinstalled one of my machines with Fedora 21. The install went great, but when the machine was done rebooting, and I was trying to set up my access to a wireless network with nmcli (NetworkManager), I got the following error-message:


Spending a lot of time finding what the problem was, I finally found the solution. Β It seems that Wi-Fi support in NetworkManager has been separated to a plugin. The package NetworkManager-wifi was missing. So install it, reboot your machine and give it a whirl again. It should (hopefully) be working.

16 thoughts on “No Wi-Fi device found

  1. Karl Poe

    And here I was pulling my hair out for three hours, until I stumbled upon your blog. Thank you for saving my sanity! πŸ™‚

  2. wen

    Many thanks. It took me 2 days researching until I found your post.
    Many thanks!

  3. Najib

    Hello any idea where Network Manager- WiFi package can be downloaded from? I’m very new to Linux and installed Centos and my wifi is not working. It says unmanaged. Thanks for all of your help

    1. Jorge Enrique Barrera Post author


      If you are new to Linux, I would suggest using either Fedora Workstation or Ubuntu Desktop, as I feel they both are more userfriendly, and will introduce you more easily into the world of Linux.

      If you however still want to find the NetworkManager-Wifi-package, try opening up a terminal, and typing the command (as the user ‘root’):

      yum install NetworkManager-wifi

      See if that helps. πŸ™‚

  4. Jason

    Just wanted to pause and say thank you -so much-

    Forced myself to upgrade my lab to RHEL7 and the wired box was fine, but I was having fits with the wifi box and couldn’t figure out why (and was trying to learn all the new ways and try to not fall back to iw packages). Kept working on the Live media but never on my installed version and the nmcli output was not helping me any.

    Voila, perfection, I have a great geeky man crush, thanks again!

    1. Jorge Enrique Barrera Post author

      You’re very welcome! I’m happy that you found some use of what I wrote. πŸ™‚ When it happened to me it was driving me bananas!

  5. andresvia

    Thanks, I’ve wasted so much time trying to figure out why the connection was not managed.

  6. fnc

    WTF. Everyone says thanks but I cannot understand how package is named. Please type it so I can copy and paste it to apt-get install command. Thanks

    1. Jorge Enrique Barrera Post author

      The package name probably doesn’t work because you’re using another version of Linux (when I wrote the article I based it on Fedora, and it seems you’re using Ubuntu most likely). Is it Ubuntu that you’re using? If so, what version? If you do have Ubuntu, and it’s a default installation, wifi should be working out of the box. Could you explain your setup to me?

  7. CrazyPerk

    Awesome man, you saved me from almost quitting the installation job πŸ™‚ Appreciate your help!

  8. Mohammed

    Hi, I’m in trouble because the system is not registered to red hat subscription management.
    So I can’t download any package and the WiFi , eth not working

    1. Jorge Enrique Barrera Post author

      Hi! I suspect that you’ve downloaded the Red Hat Linux distribution, is that correct? You need to pay for a Red Hat subscription to be able to download and update packages. An alternative to Red Hat Linux though is CentOS. Someone wrote:

      CentOS is very close to being RHEL without the branding and support. In particular, the library versions are the same, so binaries that work on one will work on the other. The administration tools are the same and configured in similar ways. However, there are a few differences, as the two distributions sometimes apply different minor patches.

      Give that a try if you don’t feel like paying for a subscription!


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