NetworkManager Alternatives

    NetworkManager is described as 'set of co-operative tools that make networking simple and straightforward' and is an app in the Network & Admin category. There are nine alternatives to NetworkManager for Linux, Xfce and Mac. The best alternative is wicd, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like NetworkManager are Ethtool (Free, Open Source), iw (Free, Open Source), ceni (Free, Open Source) and ConnMan (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 31, 2021

    1. Wicd is an open source wired and wireless network manager for Linux which aims to provide a simple interface to connect to networks with a wide variety of settings.
      wicd vs NetworkManager opinions
      Almost everyone thinks wicd is a great alternative to NetworkManager.
      Wicd is great for those who change networks often (tablets laptops etc.) It's an excellent interface to "lower level" tools doing the authentication etc. ... command line and GUI interfaces and from my memory allows hotspots / hostapd setup ...
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      ethtool - utility for controlling network drivers and hardware


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      iw is a new nl80211 based CLI configuration utility for wireless devices. It supports almost all new drivers that have been added to the kernel recently. It allows you to configure and show information about wireless networking.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Xfce
      Network manager used by Linux distributions Sidux and Aptosid, but can be installed on debian based distributions, and compiled from source on just about any.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      ConnMan is a daemon for managing Internet connections within embedded device and integrates a vast range of communication features usually split between many daemons such as DHCP, DNS and NTP.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • Xfce
      wpa_supplicant is designed to be a "daemon" program that runs in the background and acts as the backend component controlling the wireless connection.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      VSNM - Very Simple Network Manager
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      KPPP is used to setup PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) connections. This is most useful for connecting with a cell phone "modem" card these days. It is also use to configure real modem connections.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      WvDial (pronounced "Weave Dial") is an easier way to connect to the internet. It completely avoids the need for chat scripts, edits pap-secrets and chap-secrets for you, detects your modem automatically, and chooses a valid init string.
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