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Allow Standard User to connect to wifi on Ubuntu

Still using Ubuntu 12.04, and one of the problem we’ve encountered is it requires normal user to authenticated the designated admin user’s password when connecting to wireless network, which in my opinion doesn’t make sense. How can a normal user access internet over wifi if they aren’t allowed to do so?

Check what google search has to offer, I finally found a fix for this. Adding policykit rules for wifi users.

Create or modify a file  etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/52-wifi-management.pkla


$> sudo gedit etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/52-wifi-management.pkla

and then enter the following


[Wifi management]
Identity=unix-group:netdev
Action=org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.*
ResultAny=no
ResultInactive=no
ResultActive=yes

and save on exit.

Add the user to the netdev group


$> sudo usermod -a -G ftp jerry

Restart the system and standard user should now be able to connect to wifi..

Done.

One response to “Allow Standard User to connect to wifi on Ubuntu

  1. Nunya Biznizz April 4, 2014 at 11:55 am

    You’ve got “ftp” in the usermod command, where you probably wanted “netdev”.

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