I have just installed elementary OS Loki and it looks great. I have one problem though. WiFi is not working. During installation it worked perfectly and I was able to connect to my home network and check on the boxes for download updates & third party software. Now my laptop WiFi button's LED is yellow instead of white and it says WiFi is disabled. What should I do?

  • So I reinstalled without connecting during this process. It keeps my driver and WiFi works just fine. But then I type sudo apt get update and I restart. Now WiFi is not working again. So I guess there are 2 drivers and after update it uses the 2nd one which is not working. I can t understand since I used Ubuntu a lot from 14.04 to 16.04 and I had no problems. What is wrong with elementary os?
    – Andrei
    Commented Sep 12, 2016 at 12:08
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    Without information about your hardware, it is impossible for anyone to help you.
    – Gabriel
    Commented Sep 12, 2016 at 17:43
  • so basically I've got a RT3290 network adapter, tried installing a driver from different websites with different methodes, had no luck. But it's quite odd that with Ubuntu 16.04 it works just fine ( isn't Loki based on Ubuntu? ) And main point is that after install WiFi worked just fine, but I had no apps in AppCenter others than default ones, so I typed get update in a terminal then restarted and poof, full of apps in AppCenter but Wifi isn't working anymore ( connected with a cable ethernet ). Any thoughts? Cheers! Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 18:40
  • Have you tried filing a bug report? bugs.launchpad.net/elementaryos/+bug
    – wolf
    Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 3:40
  • Possible duplicate of Ralink RT3290 Wi-Fi drivers missing after install
    – wolf
    Commented Oct 9, 2016 at 6:24

2 Answers 2


Try nmcli radio wifi on through terminal

  • This worked for me while rfkill didn't give proper output, was searching from long time. Using usb WiFi adaptor.
    – Techie
    Commented May 25, 2017 at 16:58
  • Glad it worked. Commented May 27, 2017 at 18:43

I also have some issues with wireless on Loki. What I did:

  1. Open the terminal/console and type:

    rfkill list all

    You should probably get a result like this:

    0: sony-wifi: Wireless LAN
            Soft blocked: yes
            Hard blocked: no
    1: sony-bluetooth: Bluetooth
            Soft blocked: no
            Hard blocked: no
    2: hci0: Bluetooth
            Soft blocked: no
            Hard blocked: no
    3: phy0: Wireless LAN
            Soft blocked: no
            Hard blocked: no
    4: nfc0: NFC
            Soft blocked: no
            Hard blocked: no

    So as you can see Wireless LAN has status: Soft blocked: yes

  2. Now run in the terminal the command:

    rfkill unblock 0 
    * or another number which coresponde to your wi-fi (example: sony-wifi):
    * rfkill unblock <number>
  3. If the wireless is still off try to reboot your PC and check if wireless is on. If not try again the first steps.
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    I have run the commend on my MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) i found 0: bluetooth: Bluetooth Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: no only Commented Sep 20, 2016 at 19:32

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