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How to Solve Linux Mint Wi-Fi Problems

Linux Mint is a famous and widely used Linux distribution with millions of users. It is the most reliable and stable distro but if the Wi-Fi is not working properly then work may disturb. Having a proper internet connection is very important as a lot of our work depends on a good internet nowadays. There can be multiple reasons why you are facing Wi-Fi problems in the Linux Mint. In this guide, we will provide you with the fixes for Wi-Fi issues on Linux Mint devices.

Reasons for Wi-Fi Problems in Linux Mint

The Wi-Fi problems in Linux Mint can be caused by different reasons:

  • The problem with the network manager
  • Outdated Linux kernel
  • Missing drivers
  • Power management

How to Solve the Linux Mint Wi-Fi Problems

There are several ways to troubleshoot and fix the Wi-Fi issues in the Linux Mint:

1: Check the Wi-Fi is Enabled

The first and most important thing is to ensure that the Wi-Fi is enabled and you have selected the correct Wi-Fi and password.

2: Update Kernel

Another solution to solve the Wi-Fi Problem is to update the important part of the Linux system, the Kernel. Kernel act as an interlink between software and hardware components. Updating the kernel will improve the stability of your system and fix the issues with the system by the drivers of your system. First check the current version of your kernel:

uname -r

Update and upgrade your system with the update command and then execute the following command to update your kernel:

apt dist-upgrade

3: Install Drivers

You can also try to install the Wi-Fi drivers manually, connect the system with the Ethernet cable and install the drivers from the official site.

4: Disable Power Management

Sometimes the power management settings can interfere with Wi-Fi. To disable the power management, open the terminal and execute the following command:

sudo iwconfig <interface-name> power off

Replace the interface with the name of your Wi-Fi.

5: Use an External USB Adapter

If you have tried all the fixes mentioned above and are still facing issues with the Wi-Fi then use an external device or a Wi-Fi USB stick adapter. As soon as the kernel of the system detects the device, your system will be connected to Wi-Fi.

Bottom Line

Linux Mint is the widely used and favorite distro of people. But sometimes users face issues with the Wi-Fi while using their systems. The problem with Wi-Fi can be caused by various reasons. If you are facing the same issue, then try the troubleshooting steps mentioned above to resolve the issue of the Wi-Fi on your device in no time.

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Zainab Rehman

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