Get Wireless on the Parallella

I haven’t posted here in a while, mainly since I’ve been very busy with other things. Recently, I downloaded the updated image from Adapteva and started experimenting with it. Needless to say, the image that Parallella is now distributing is a LOT better than the one my students and I used last year during the course. For one thing, the new version of the kernel has support for wireless. Getting connecting to wireless is a cinch using the new image.

You will need:

  • A wireless USB adapter
  • A powered USB hub
  • USB female to microUSB cable

Connecting to Wireless

While the machine is off, connect the USB adapter into the powered USB hub. Start up the machine, and open a terminal. Type in the following:

sudo nm-applet

This will start up the network manager client, which will appear as an icon on the lower right-hand portion of your screen. Click on that, and select your wireless network. If a password is required, it will try to connect and fail. At this point, close the network manager client and type in the following on the terminal:

sudo nm-connection-editor

A window will pop up, that includes your desired network. Highlight the network, and click the “Edit” button. You should now be able to enter a password for the associated SSID under the “WiFi Security” tab. Once you enter the password, click “Save”. Start up network manger again (this time in the background):

sudo nm-applet &

You should now be able to use wireless!