In this tutorial. you will learn how to install Network Manager on Raspberry Pi OS. This new software allows you to better control the network of your Raspberry Pi through both the GUI and terminal.
Network Manager is a piece of software that handles network functionality for your system. It is a powerful suite that makes many more complicated tasks very simple. For example, using Network Manager on your Raspberry Pi makes setting up your device as a wireless access point very simple. By default, the Raspberry Pi uses an older software called dhcpcd for its network handling. It is a bit more complicated to configure and has been superseded by Network Manager.
Within this tutorial, we will be showing you how you can enable Network Manager on Raspberry Pi OS. This involves using the “Raspberry Pi configuration tool” and installing the “
network-manager” package. Please note, only follow these steps if you have fast, physical access to your Raspberry Pi. Also, the move to Network Manager can break your existing network connection as it will need to be reconfigured. Lastly, you will need to be running Raspberry Pi OS Bullseye or later. These instructions will not work for older releases.