Exploring Network Status

This section shows how to use the nmcli command-line tool to examine the status of NetworkManager’s connections and devices.

Show the status of devices known to NetworkManager:

$ nmcli d

Show more information for this option:

$ nmcli d --help

Show the current status of each of NetworkManager’s connections:

$ nmcli c

Command “c” is for connections but is a abbreviated form of the real command "connections". As for the devices command, “--help” shows more information for this option. Finally, we can see the state of radio interfaces, including WiFi and WWAN (cellular) with:

$ nmcli r
WIFI-HW  WIFI     WWAN-HW  WWAN    
enabled  enabled  enabled  enabled

It is important to make sure that WiFi/WWAN radios are enabled so the respective connection types can establish a connection (we will specify how to this in following sections). As with the other commands, “--help” shows usage information.

Observe NetworkManage activity (changes in connectivity state, devices or connection properties):

$ nmcli monitor

See nmcli connection monitor and nmcli device monitor to watch for changes in certain connections or devices.