Friday, December 11, 2009

How to Start Networking in BackTrack 4

Since BackTrack 4 (Pre-Release and Beta) doesn't start networking by default you have to manually start it.  Here's how to start it manually:
/etc/init.d/networking start

If you have installed BackTrack 4 to disk you can enable networking to start at boot using:
update-rc.d networking defaults
And finally, you can start wireless networking in BackTrack 4 using:
/etc/init.d/NetworkManager start
* Make sure the 'N' and 'M' in NetworkManager are capitalized.

Don't forget the basic Linux command to view your IP address and network Status in BackTrack:
And for wireless networking:
More BackTrack:


  1. Or, follow these steps:
    "K Menu" > Services > NETWORK > Start NETWORK ;)and you'll be able to use your internet.

  2. this didnt work for me, /etc/init.d/NetworkManager start

    first i had to run the /etc/init.d/networking start
    then for wireless i ran /etc/init.d/wicd start

    that worked for me, the NetworkManager did not for some reason...
    thanks for this! it helped me get my interfaces up!