I have a realtek usb dongle plugged in to my Intel Compute Stick that's running fedora 24.

I see it in lsusb:

Bus 001 Device 010 ID 0bda:8175 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188CUS 802.11n WLAN adapter. 

With nmcli dev, I see the following:

lo ...
wlp0s29u1u1u1 wifi unmanaged --

If I change it to managed using

nmcli dev set wlp... managed yes

the status is changed to unavailable

If I restart NetworkManager, same.

If I unplug and plug the dongle back in, I see the following in systemctl status NetworkManager

manager: (wlan0): 'wifi' plugin not available; creating generic device
manager: (wlan0): new Generic device (/org/freedesktop/NetworkManager/Devices/2)
device (wlan0) : inteface index 5 renamed iface from 'wlan0' to 'wlp0s29u1u1u2'
rfkill3: found WiFi radio killlswitch (at .......)

My WiFi worked when I installed the os. I actually used the network-install image because my usb-storage was not large enough for the full fedora-server image. What am I doing wrong?

Also, when I first listed my connections, the ap that i used during the installation was listed:

NAME     UUID                                    TYPE            DEVICE
SsidName fea2839-fae(not actuall uuid)cdef23422  802-11-wireless -- 


UPDATE: (response to grochmal)

ip addr show :

1: lo ...
5: wlp0s29u1u1u2: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 qdisc noop state DOWN group default qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:hex:w:colons:ff brd ff:ff:...:ff

when I use nmcli dev wiki connect SSID password PASSWORD ifname wlp... i get Error: Device 'wlp0s29u1u1u2' is not a Wi-Fi device.

  • What does ip addr show tells you about the interface, also what nmcli command you use to start it (e.g. nmcli dev wiki connect SSID password PASSWORD iface wlp...)?
    – grochmal
    Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 0:24
  • What is in your /etc/network/interfaces file? If you did a minimal install with your wifi plugged in, it is possible that the installer set up interfaces to mention the wifi interface. Network Manager will not touch any interface mentioned in /etc/network/interfaces
    – rexroni
    Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 6:03

2 Answers 2


Add below lines on /etc/network/interfaces

auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp

Then restart network-manager

sudo service network-manager restart
  • I've found another solutions (if above not working): on /etc/network/interfaces # remove everything under [wifi] Then restart network-manager
    – JAS
    Commented Jun 4, 2021 at 9:04

For me, it ended up being a rouge netplan: cat /etc/netplan/01-netcfg.yaml

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