Enable WiFi connectivity in NFSROOT
mike.gabriel at das-netzwerkteam.de
Wed Apr 8 12:46:33 CEST 2020
Hi Thomas, hi all,
I am currently working on deploying ~100 tablets (Dell Venue 8 Pro)
with a stripped down GNOME based on Debian testing via FAI.
As the devices don't have a LAN port, I'd like to deploy them via USB
flashdrives (using fai-cd). During the installation there is one step
that I need network connectivity for. Ideally, under the IP, MAC and
hostname that the tablet will use later on: At the end of the FAI
installation I register the new device against a puppet server.
For the initial installation we use USB-C consoles (currently with
USB-A ports and a RJ45 LAN port).
However, I'd love to get rid of the requirement of a LAN port for
deploying these tablets. Here is my question:
Is it possible to weave a working WiFi setup into the NFSROOT? Like
having network-manager, wpasupplicant and one system-wide wifi
connection setup for Network Manager?
If that was possible, I could deploy those tablets via USB
flashdrives, enable WiFi in the NFSROOT, register against the puppet
server with correct IP, MAC and hostname; and I am done.
Another advantage would be cost-specific (not a big issue, though):
the LAN port on the currently used USB-C consoles (USB-C <-> USB-A +
LAN) would not be needed. We'd plan buying several of those for faster
deployment of those ~100 devices (more expected to come).
Looking forward to any feedback, and hoping that all FAI users and
devs are still healthy!
Mike (aka sunweaver at debian.org)
c\o Technik- und Ökologiezentrum Eckernförde
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