Running ip link I get the output

1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN mode DEFAULT group default qlen 1000
    link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
2: wlp6s0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP> mtu 1500 qdisc mq state DOWN mode DEFAULT group default qlen 1000
    link/ether 28:b2:bd:97:d6:50 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
3: wlxd0374514b161: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc mq state UP mode DORMANT group default qlen 1000
    link/ether d0:37:45:14:b1:61 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff

Similarly, ls /sys/class/net lists lo wlp6s0 wlxd0374514b161. However, iw dev prints out a single interface:

    Interface wlp6s0
        ifindex 2
        wdev 0x1
        addr 28:b2:bd:97:d6:50
        type managed
        txpower 0.00 dBm

Similarly, nmcli dev gives

wlxd0374514b161  wifi      connected  awesomeConnection       
lo               loopback  unmanaged  --         
wlp6s0           wifi      unmanaged  --   

I thought iw dev was also supposed to print all available network interfaces? Is this not the case? Why is one interface not shown in the output of iw dev?

Here, wlp6s0 is the internal network adapter of my laptop, which is disabled because faulty, while wlxd0374514b161 is a (working...?) USB network adapter. About said USB lsusb tells me

Bus 003 Device 003: ID 0bda:8179 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188EUS 802.11n Wireless Network Adapter

while the drivers of the two network interfaces are

$ DEV=wlxd0374514b161
$ readlink -f /sys/class/net/$DEV/device/driver
$ readlink -f /sys/class/net/wlp6s0/device/driver

I add this information because, considering this question on superuser, and iw not finding usb wifi dongle, it might be relevant to the issue.

  • Does the output of iw list include all your devices?
    – fra-san
    Oct 27, 2020 at 21:24
  • @fra-san I don't think so, though I'm not sure. It lists all details about a Wyphy phy0, but it doesn't give me the name of the interface. I suppose this is still wlp6s0, given that iw dev lists this interface as phy#0?
    – glS
    Oct 27, 2020 at 21:38
  • Did you try sudo iw dev?
    – waltinator
    Oct 28, 2020 at 0:03
  • @waltinator yes, no difference (also, is there a reason one should expect to need sudo to list network interfaces?)
    – glS
    Oct 28, 2020 at 9:01


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