I’ll show an example of how to configure a connection to a wireless network from the console of the Debian system by using Wi-Fi Adapter “ASUS USB-N10 Nano” (
Installing driver/firmware for Wi-Fi Adapter
Wi-Fi Adapter “ASUS USB-N10 Nano” is uses the driver “rtl8192cu”, wich can be found in the
1. Add a
non-free component to
/etc/apt/sources.list, for example:
# Debian 7 "Wheezy" deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free
2. Update the list of available packages and install the
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firmware-realtek
3. Connect the device to your system.
Now the adapter is setuped.
Scan for available networks and get network details:
sudo iwlist scan
Configure Wireless Interface
1. We are going to connect to the wireless network with WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK authentication method, so before continuing, we need to install the
sudo apt-get install wpasupplicant
2. Restrict the permissions of
/etc/network/interfaces, to prevent pre-shared key (PSK) disclosure:
sudo chmod 0600 /etc/network/interfaces
/etc/network/interfaces in a text editor:
sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces
Then append the define appropriate stanzas for your wireless interface, along with the SSID and PSK. For example:
# WiFi auto wlan0 iface wlan0 inet dhcp wpa-ssid NNNN wpa-psk NNNN
auto stanza will bring your interface up at system startup.
- wpa-ssid - your wifi name
- wpa-psk - your wifi password
4. We can now bring our interface up and down with the usual
sudo ifup wlan0
This will start
wpa_supplicant as a background process.
If you added
auto wlan0 as in the example above, the interface should be brought up automatically during boot up.
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