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ConnMan is an alternative to NetworkManager and Wicd and was created by Intel and the Moblin project for use with embedded devices.


Install from community


To control ConnMan as a regular user, add these lines to /etc/dbus-1/system.d/connman.conf under the policy user="root" block.

  <policy group="network">
       <allow send_destination="org.moblin.connman"/>
       <allow send_interface="org.moblin.connman.Agent"/>
       <allow send_interface="org.moblin.connman.Counter"/>

Using ConnMan

Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, ConnMan only has a working applet in Enlightenment. It is called econnmanAUR. To control ConnMan in other window managers / desktop environments, one can use the test scripts included in the source package.

You need python and python-dbus to run these.

Start connman and in a terminal, open the test directory in the source package.

To list the available networks type, you will see something similar to this (not actual results):

./test-connman services
MyWiFi         { wifi_8945762986259dfgs9hsd9bgs9e_managed_wep }
Another Wifi   { wifi_8asd356w3asdgdfgs9hsd9bgs9e_managed_wep }

The code after the SSID is important. This identifies the network you want to connect to. To connect to this network first, enter your password by:

./test-connman passphrase wifi_8945762986259dfgs9hsd9bgs9e_managed_wep PASSWORDHERE

And connect using:

./test-connman connect wifi_8945762986259dfgs9hsd9bgs9e_managed_wep

You should now be connected to the network. Check using ip a.