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NetworkManager is the de-facto network connection system for many Linux distributions. NetworkManager supports mobile phone, wireless, and wired connections. NetworkManager is intended to make configuring, and connecting easy.



disable wicd, wpa_supplicant, net.ethX, & net.wlanX and dhcpcd prior to starting network manager.

To install, emerge networkmanager and add it to the default runlevel:

root # emerge networkmanager
root # rc-update add NetworkManager default
root # rc

To list visible access points:

root # nmcli dev wifi list
*  SSID                     MODE   CHAN  RATE       SIGNAL  BARS  SECURITY  
   derp1                    Infra  6     54 Mbit/s  30      ▂___  WPA2      
   derp2                    Infra  7     54 Mbit/s  29      ▂___  WPA2      
   derp3                    Infra  1     54 Mbit/s  27      ▂___  WPA1 WPA2 
*  connectedap              Infra  1     54 Mbit/s  52      ▂▄__  WPA1 WPA2

It is also possible to add WiFi access point login information from the command-line:

root # nmtui

nmtui has a very nice console-based interface. Network configuration entries are stored in /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections so that it will be remembered in the future.


The following command will not work as long as you are in an install chroot environment. The reason for this is that nmtui will need to be booted into your new Funtoo Linux environment. So run this command after you have rebooted into Funtoo Linux.

Any users besides root will need to be added to the plugdev group to modify connections:

root # gpasswd -a $USER plugdev

If you're experiencing troubles, losing connection after a 45-second timeout with NetworkManager and dhcpcd, switch the dhcp backend to dhclient (net-misc/dhcp).



Sessions for users may need ck-launch-session in .xinitrc to use nm-applet, or have sessions launched from a display manager.

root # emerge nm-applet


root # emerge plasma-nm


Connecting to VPN server possible with networkmanager-openvpn-plugin.


OpenVPN does not work with external DNS resolver such as net-dns/openresolv. Disable resolvconf USE flag and rebuild networkmanager. internal DNS resolver will be used.

MAC spoofing

NetworkManager supports spoofing MAC addresses out of the box. Supply an arbitrary MAC address to the cloned address field.