Connecting your Board Using Wi-Fi*

These are the steps to set up Wi-Fi* network access to your Intel® Edison board and obtain an IP address.


Set up Wi-Fi*

  1. Establish a serial communication session with your board.
  2. To configure your Wi-Fi, enter the command:

    configure_edison --wifi

    If you get an error saying configure_edison: not found, you need to update your OS image, as described in the prerequisites. You can run the setup tool for the Intel® Edison board and follow the on-screen prompts to flash your board.
  3. When asked if you want to set up Wi-Fi, type Y and press Enter.
  4. Your board will scan for Wi-Fi networks for 10 seconds. The list of available networks is displayed. If you don’t see any networks, enter 0 to rescan.

    Example of scanning for Wi-Fi networks

  5. Choose the network you would like to connect to, type the corresponding number from the list, and press Enter. To confirm your entry, type Y and press Enter. In this example, to connect to the kafka network, enter 16.

    Example of choosing a Wi-Fi network to connect to

  6. If your network requires a password or other information, enter the appropriate network credentials.
  7. The board will attempt to make a connection to the network. When you see a Done message, your board is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

    Example of the Done message

  8. Note the IP address, as shown in the image above. This is your board’s IP address. Alternately, enter the command:


    Note your wlan0 IP address, displayed next to inet addr.
  9. To verify the connectivity, ping your board from another computer on the same network using the IP address obtained above. Alternately, you can access your board by typing in its IP address into the browser of another computer on the same network. 


If you are having problems connecting, try running the following commands in a serial communication session with your board:

ifconfig usb0 down
ifconfig wlan0 down
ifconfig usb0 up
ifconfig wlan0 up

You may also want to try the alternate method to set up Wi-Fi*.

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