I'm used to using RP2 with the WiFi dongles and I just picked up my RP3 which should work with the built in WiFi.

However, upon running startx and trying to configure the WiFi, it merely states:

No wireless interfaces found.

I'm trying to connect to my school's WiFi, so naturally I do not have any control over router settings. So I'm wondering if there is a telltale way to at least get it to see the networks? It looks like this is a common problem, but most solution involve tweaking router settings which I do not have the liberty to do.

  • I had teething problems with the Pi 3 not recognising (European) WiFi channels, which prevented the onboard adapter from seeing my router. Some suggestions here.
    – goobering
    Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 13:10

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You could try executing the following through the command prompt:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo rpi-update
sudo reboot

wait for reboot

sudo branch=next rpi-update
sudo reboot

wait for reboot

This should grab the latest firmware and updates to make your Pi be able to successfully find networks and connect to them.

I might also suggest getting wicd. This is a Wireless and Wired connection manager. You can get this GUI program by executing the following:

sudo apt-get install wicd
  • What is the purpose in running rpi-upgrade after running spt-get update apt-get upgrade and apt-get dist-upgrade ? My understanding was that rpi-update wasn't necessary if you run those three commands. Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 19:02
  • @MatthewMoisen, I'm assuming you meant rpi-update, because there is no rpi-upgrade. You should upgrade packages first, because it might be an issue with a driver, or even an out-of-date rpi-update package. Then that you've guaranteed rpi-update is recent, you update the firmware to rule-out any issues with out-of-date Pi firmware.
    – Cerin
    Commented Jun 10, 2017 at 18:51

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