I have a freshly installed Ubuntu 16.10 on a Xiaomi Air 13 notebook with intel wifi, here's some more info on the interface:

02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 8260 (rev 3a)

I did not activate the wifi in the installation process. Now I need to manually activate wifi in the NetworkManager applet (I'm using Mate). Once it is enabled, everything works fine. The wireless network I connect to is set to automatically connect as soon as it is in reach.

What can I do to omit the annoying step of manually activating wifi in the applet on every boot?

Update: This is the output of rfkill list all right after a fresh reboot:

0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
1: acer-wireless: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: yes
    Hard blocked: no
2: hci0: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
  • Go to Startup Applications > Add > Command and write nmcli radio wifi on. Name it as you want and click Add. Reboot and come back with the outcome. – M. Becerra Feb 14 '17 at 12:05
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    Thanks. I think that will work, but it feels like a workaround rather than going for the core problem. Maybe somebody knows where/how to change network manager's behaviour? – Robert Feb 14 '17 at 12:16
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    Please reboot and with the wireless not working, run: rfkill list all and edit your question to add the result. – chili555 Feb 14 '17 at 18:24
  • Ok, Pilot6's answer seems to work, but you did the actual work ;-) If you want to answer, I'll accept yours as solution. No offense, Pilot6. – Robert Feb 14 '17 at 18:50
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    @Pilot6 and I work together on many cases. Neither of us is very worried about points. We are just glad your wireless is working as expected. I upvoted his answer and I recommend that you accept it. Thanks for your respect! – chili555 Feb 14 '17 at 20:06

Run in a terminal

sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-acer.conf <<< "blacklist acer_wmi"

and reboot.

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