I was able to connect to Wi-Fi easily at home. However, when I tried to connect over someone else's house, I chose the name of their Wi-Fi router & put in the correct password for their Wi-Fi & nothing happened. It simply would not connect. I tried updating & upgrading the Pi 3 but that did not help. Thank you for your help

  • Unless you tell us about the network we can't help. sudo iwlist wlan0 scan is good advice to find this. Many people still use WEP and this can't be configured by the GUI tool.
    – Milliways
    May 23, 2016 at 0:09
  • I tried switching to wpa & that did not work
    – bdizzol
    May 24, 2016 at 17:59
  • I will run the sudo iwlist wlan0 scan & get back to you.Thanks
    – bdizzol
    May 24, 2016 at 18:08

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My first attempt would be to list all available hotspots. This can be done via

sudo iwlist wlan0 scan

When you can see the hotspot you want to connect check if the provider uses DHCP or static IP addresses and if it matches your configuration.

The last thing I can think of would be the usage of hidden SSIDs. Then you have to include 2 settings.

Just to check - here is the configuration that I use:

auto wlan0
allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-ap-scan 1
wpa-scan-ssid 1
wpa-ssid "name of hotspot"
wpa-psk "password"

One more thing: if the authentication is not WPA or WPA2 you have to specify it as well. I think this case is rather obscure. You can see the authentication in the result of the scan.

  • The "configuration that I use" may work for you (by good luck) BUT is poor practice and not robust. You can continue to use dhcp if you wish but others should follow the recommended Foundation practice.
    – Milliways
    May 23, 2016 at 0:06
  • This is what I got when I check for hot spots.
    – bdizzol
    Jun 15, 2016 at 0:28
  • Cell 01 - Address: 90:3E:AB:40:B4:A0 Channel:11 Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11) Quality=60/70 Signal level=-50 dBm Encryption key:on ESSID:"ATT576" Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s Mode:Master Extra:tsf=0000000000000000 Extra: Last beacon: 70ms ago IE: Unknown: 0006415454353736 IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C IE: Unknown: 03010B IE: Unknown: 050402030000 IE: Unknown: 2A0100 IE: Unknown: 2F0100 IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1 Group Cipher : TKIP Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP
    – bdizzol
    Jun 15, 2016 at 0:36
  • Authentication Suites (1) : PSK IE: Unknown: 32040C121860 IE: Unknown: 2D1A7C181BFFFF000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 IE: Unknown: 3D160B081500000000000000000000000000000000000000 IE: Unknown: 4A0E14000A002C01C800140005001900 IE: Unknown: 7F0101 IE: Unknown: DD090010180202F02C0000 IE: WPA Version 1 Group Cipher : TKIP Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP Authentication Suites (1) : PSK IE: Unknown: DD180050F2020101800003A4000027A4000042435E0062322F00
    – bdizzol
    Jun 15, 2016 at 0:36

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