Is it possible to connect to a Wi-Fi network that is not in range (and hence not listed on the list of Wi-Fi networks nearby), so that when it is it automatically connects?

I cannot select the Wi-Fi network currently because it is not listed, but I want to save the credentials for the network before I bring the device within range.

Is this possible with NetworkManager?

  • @Fabian i believe I have
    – scottbear
    Mar 2, 2018 at 13:20
  • What do you mean? Of course if it's not in range you cannot connect pretty much be definition of "not in range". I guess you want to configure? If so then it's the same as if it is in range, so it's not clear what you're asking.
    – Brick
    Mar 2, 2018 at 16:38
  • Are you running Ubuntu - if not the reference to NetworkManager is spurious. The answer to your question is totally different for Raspbian.
    – Milliways
    Mar 2, 2018 at 23:15

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You can configure it as long as you know the SSID and the credentials.

A more detailed process is listed here, but the basics are to create/modify /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf with contents similar to :


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