I'm new to arch and am trying to enable the networkmanager. I'm using a laptop without a ethernet port therefor trying to connect wirlessly. I looked on the wiki and seem to be stuck.

I've just installed arch manually, rebooted and realised I couldn't install any packages. I used ping -c 5 to check if it was network connection and received Network is unreachable.

I've checked the driver status with lspci -k driver status

I've used dmesg | grep usbcore . When I use ip link , it only has the loopback lo: ip link output

I've tried iw dev but it doesn't recognise the command.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • Is iwd installed. systemctl start iwd. You can then use iwctl to configure your wifi. You don't really need network-manager. The default networking management for Arch is systemd-networkd. See man systemd.network Jun 30, 2022 at 1:52
  • @StephenBoston I started the installed process again and made sure iwd was installed this time. It turned out to be not installing firmware and wireless-tools. Jul 1, 2022 at 11:31

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It happens sometimes, usually it's because you didn't install any network manager package. In this case, due to it's a fresh installation, the best thing to do, and the best one in my opinion, it's to reinstall Arch and make sure to add a network manager to the pre-install packages before finishing the installation.

  • you don't have to reinstall, you can just chroot then reinstall networkmanager Feb 7 at 21:44
  • @cinemassacres Never say "have to", but it's recommended, that sometimes the base network manager does not work because of several things, it's preferable to redo the installation, it would not consume more than 10 min.
    – Sadriicaa
    Feb 7 at 22:29

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