I have created a new user account as I dont want to use the default Pi account.

Now under my new user account, the WiFi dongle isnt detected (in wpa_gui program the Adapter and Network dropdown lists are blank). There is a message shown:

could not get status from wpa_supplicant

However under the default Pi account it is detected and WiFi works. What could be the problem?

  • Sounds like a permissions issue. Could you run groups USERNAME and post the output? – RPiAwesomeness Jan 27 '14 at 15:33
  • The output is user : user (where user is my username) – synthesis Jan 27 '14 at 15:48
  • That would be probably your issue. Your user doesn't have permissions to access network stuff. Lemme finish answering another question and get back to you. – RPiAwesomeness Jan 27 '14 at 15:54
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    Run sudo usermod -a -G netdev USER and reboot and then try out the WiFi. – RPiAwesomeness Jan 27 '14 at 16:43
  • Glad to help! I'll post that as answer so it can be marked. We're trying to get the site Q:A ratio and % answered up, so if you ask a question, don't forget to, if one solves your issue, mark it as answer! – RPiAwesomeness Jan 27 '14 at 21:43

The issue was solved in the comments, the OP's account didn't have the group permissions required for the networking.

He ran sudo usermod -a -G netdev USER and then rebooted and the issue was solved.

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