This article lists network management software to establish and manage network connections.
Gentoo provides several tools for managing network connections. If you have emerged OpenRc without network support, i.e. with both USE flags
newnet disabled, you might need to set up a network manager such as net-misc/netifrc, net-misc/dhcpcd, net-misc/wicd, net-misc/networkmanager, or net-misc/badvpn. Or, you have the option of emerging openrc with the
newnet use flag and configuring /etc/conf.d/network and /etc/conf.d/staticroute if you only use static interfaces.
The solutions listed here typically do not work together. Be sure only one of these services is running at a time. Starting more than one network management service will lead to unpredictable results!
|Connman||net-misc/connman||ConnMan is a command-line network manager designed for use with embedded devices|
|Netifrc||net-misc/netifrc||Gentoo's own network configuration scripts, split from OpenRC|
|Network management using DHCPCD||net-misc/dhcpcd||explains how to use dhcpcd for complete network stack management.|
|NetworkManager||net-misc/networkmanager||a network management software for Ethernet, WiFi, DSL, dialup, VPN, WiMAX, and mobile broadband network connections|
|OpenRC[newnet]||sys-apps/openrc||The newnet USE flag enables the new network stack (experimental)|
|Wicd||net-misc/wicd||a network management software for managing Wifi and Ethernet network connections. (Unmaintained upstream, often buggy)|
The easiest to use is dhcpcd. It has perfect integration for wpa_supplicant and automatically switches between wired and wireless connections. In case of using dhcpcd as network manager, the USE flags netifrc and newnet may be deactivated in OpenRC.
sys-apps/openrc -netifrc -newnet
Comparison table with wifi supplicant and modem managers
Here are some network packages, along with their capabilities, that are available in Gentoo:
The solutions listed as "Network managers" usually make use of other software listed below, e.g. wpa_supplicant.
|Netifrc||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No Can use gui of wpa_supplicant||Yes|
|DHCPCD||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||Yes See dhcpcd-ui article||Yes|
|wpa_supplicant||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||Yes qt5 use flag provides wpa_gui||Yes|
- Sysfs#Usage — Which network interfaces are on the computer?
- How to keep classic network interface naming
- Dependency behavior (OpenRC)