My Zero Wifi is not working

Having installed radxa-zero-debian-buster-xfce4-arm64-20220501-0346-mbr.img, I tried initializing the wifi:

  • Switch to super user mode
    $ sudo su

  • Open the WIFI
    $ nmcli r wifi on

  • Scan WIFI
    $ nmcli dev wifi
    (produces no results)

  • Connect to WIFI network
    $ nmcli dev wifi connect “wifi_name” password “wifi_password”
    (produces the error:
    “Error: No Wi-Fi device found.”

The command line
nmcli dev
shows this:
DEVICE TYPE STATE CONNECTION
lo loopback unmanaged –

And no other devices.

My last Raxda Zero worked for wifi using this identical process.

That one, by the way, stopped talking to the HDMI interface about a week in. This makes two lemons in a row. I am not a happy customer so far.

EDIT — installing Armbian instead of Debian fixed the problem. Armbian can see wlan0 where Debian, paradoxically, could not (though the same distro worked fine on the last unit).

Please check if you have AW-CM256SM wireless module on your board. This change is due to part shortage of AP6256. If this is the case for you our latest image have added the support for this module. We expect 3rd part distros to follow suit soon.

A very helpful response! Thank you!

Is the preloaded Android compatible with the AW-CM256SM at 5ghz?

This actually worked. I’m good to go!

Totally forgot about this. I have already let our Android engineer know about this on Monday. Thanks for reminding!

I hope it will not be difficult to patch

Just get one of the latest distros recently uploaded, and you’ll be just fine. I’ve tested Armbian, Debian and Ubuntu, and they’ve fixed the issue with all three of them.

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I want to be android

I haven’t successfully installed that, unfortunately, so I’m unable to advise.

Hi there,

I’m glad that you are improving the software. I love the hardware, but it lacks good software support…

Today I flashed the three packages just released a week ago (release 20220602-0249), but with no luck, so you need to improve the software still more if you want to have a nice user base:

-Image for radxa-zero-debian-buster-xfce4-arm64-20220602-0403-mbr.img.xz: No Wifi service in the panel, after verifying with “mncli dev wifi” that all SSIDs were scanned correctly, I tried to connect manually using "nmcli dev wifi connect… " but I’ve got this error:

Error: Connection activation failed: (5) IP configuration could not be reserved (no available address, timeout, etc.).

I tried to run “mncli monitor” but there is no output and I had to cancel the process.

About the other two images that I tested:
- Armbian_22.08.0-trunk_Radxa-zero_bullseye_current_5.10.119_minimal.img.xz: **No desktop.**  Useless.
- Armbian_22.08.0-trunk_Radxa-zero_focal_current_5.10.119_xfce_desktop.img.xz : **Worked but can't start GPARTED after installing it.  Useless.**