I have a laptop with a wifi card that needs proprietary drivers (and no ethernet). The Debian 10 installer (debian-10.0.0-amd64-xfce-CD-1.iso) failed to automatically detect the driver (*.ucode file) that I had on a USB, so I continued the installation without internet. I logged in and copied the ucode to /lib/firmware and now my wifi card seems to be working ("ip a" will list my wifi card)

I'm trying to connect to wifi with WPA security. The problem is that it appears I do not have wpa_supplicant installed (nor iwconfig, nmcli, connman or etc). Every guide or QA I've found (eg this) assumes wpa_supplicant/wpa_passphrase/etc is already installed.

So, how do you connect to WPA wifi in this situation?

  • Can you install wpa_supplicant from the cd.iso?
    – John
    Aug 22, 2019 at 17:13
  • How would you do that? I don't see any .deb files on the iso.
    – user368257
    Aug 22, 2019 at 17:35

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You can connect your phone to your computer with an usb cable and share your mobile internet with usb tethering. After that you can install wpa_supplicant and other tools to connect wifi

  • 2
    Note, that you don't mention any specifics to be helpful. | -1 Jul 14, 2020 at 18:30
  • 1
    How would the asker go about installing wpa_supplicant and related tools? apt-get perhaps?
    – Liczyrzepa
    Jul 14, 2020 at 18:40

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