I've bought my new Raspberry Pi 3, plugged it in, took my Raspberry Pi 2 SD Card with Raspbian installed on it.

Turned it on, everything is working great and faster than ever - but!

No wireless adapters are shown in the wpa-gui app\ifconfig, nor I can't connect to any network (kind of because of that).

I did able to get wireless from an external adapter and update&upgrade the system + I did rpi-update.

Nothing helped, I can't get the internal wireless to work. Any ideas?

I'm using the RSElectronics PI, + Raspbian version of 4.1.18-v7+

Am I missing some drivers? How can I solve it?

  • Did you do a sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade which should install needed drivers. You SHOULD NOT run rpi-update which is for beta testers only. If you already have working WiFi on the same network nothing more is needed.
    – Milliways
    Mar 15, 2016 at 10:32
  • So I did the dist-upgrade and now the bar has moved to the top (moved it back down ;P) . even though I can see it's the same version in uname and I do have some UI changes, no Wifi still. I have an icon of 2 computers with an X. the wpa_supplicant.conf is configured well and ifconfig still doesn't show any wlan adapters
    – Roi Katz
    Mar 15, 2016 at 12:40

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The current version doesnt contain the drivers. I am sure an update will come along soon where they are included! (please note this applies to both NOOBS itself 1.8.0 and Raspian)

A corroborating article

UPDATE: Officially fixed

  • So how come that most people can use the internal Wifi without any issues?
    – Roi Katz
    Mar 15, 2016 at 15:23
  • added a link that corroborates. Although true right now, I doubt it will be excluded for long Mar 15, 2016 at 15:29
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    Hmm, so If I start from scratch, and reload the image to the SD card I will have the drivers, and if I'm upgrading I'l have to wait for the drivers? Did I understood correctly?
    – Roi Katz
    Mar 15, 2016 at 15:33
  • Mine worked perfectly. I upgraded my Pi2 image (according to the recommended instructions) and inserted the card into the Pi3 and it worked. I did need to install bluetooth drivers (as explained in MagPi).
    – Milliways
    Mar 15, 2016 at 23:37

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