I have installed a basic command-line system and didn't configure networking at setup time. Namely, I have booted from Lubuntu 14.04 Alternate CD, pressed F4 and selected 'Install a command-line system'.

Now I only have the loopback interface configured:

$ ifconfig
lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:50121 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:50121 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:4381349 (4.3 MB)  TX bytes:4381349 (4.3 MB)

I know my hardware (both eth0 and wlan0 interfaces) works ok if I just install the default Ubuntu image with a graphical installer.

How do I configure wired and wireless network interfaces after installing a basic command-line system?


2 Answers 2


cat /proc/net/dev to get the list of available interfaces (most likely you'll have eth0 and wlan0). Then ifup the interface via sudo ifconfig eth0 up. You may need to run sudo dhclient eth0 once the interface is up to get an IP address.

For wireless interface, after ifup, you'll need Network Manager to configure it to connect to a given AP.

Also if static IP is needed, then I normally used these commands to setup the interface:

sudo ifconfig eth0

sudo gedit /etc/resolv.conf # then add a line nameserver in that file

sudo route add default gw


You need to read this: https://wiki.debian.org/NetworkConfiguration

It helps out with learning what you need to do for what.

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