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WiFi Setup

Since software release v1.2.0.344, WiFi setup should be relatively easy for most common WiFi scenarios.

The one notable exception are captive portals. Captive_portal are commonly seen in trains and coaches, stations, hotels, airports, or large chain cafés. They are WiFi networks that require no password to connect to, but require a web browser to connect to the broader Internet.

Connecting to WPA2 Enterprise

Press RM and go to WI-FI: Select SSID

  • Enter EAP Method: “PEAP” or “TTLS”
  • Phase 2 Authentication:
    • If EAP Method was PEAP then use “auth=MSCHAPv2”.
    • If EAP Method was TTLS the use “auth=PAP”.
    • Credit for this goes to page at HU Berlin).
  • Server CA certification: off 1)
  • Identity: You can likely get away with your regular username here. Something that looks like <domain>\<username> has also been suggested. 2)
  • Anonymous Identity: Leave this empty. Press enter to go to next line
  • Password: This is just your regular password for logging in to wifi.

Configuring wpa_supplicant manually

  1. Open SSH Access session to your Remarkable
    • Connect your device via usb. It then acts as a new network card. Open settings and go to “About” on your tablet. Use your favorite ssh client (e.g. Putty on Windows) and connect to the IP address mentioned on the bottom of the about page (most likely Use 'root' as username and the provided password.
  2. Create wpa_supplicant configuration file
    • For example, if you want to connect to the eduroam network (available on a lot of universities), you can use this example configuration file
    • Put the file somewhere under /etc/wpa_supplicant/. I used /etc/wpa_supplicant/eduroam.conf
    • If the configuration file requires any certificates (e.g. deutsche-telekom-root-ca-2.crt in the sample configuration), make sure to upload them as well
  3. Edit service file
    • To actually use the new configuration, you have to change the systemd service (unit) file. Open /etc/systemd/system/ with e.g. vi and extend the ExecStart line with -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/eduroam.conf
  4. Restart service
    • systemctl restart wpa_supplicant@wlan0.service
    • or just restart your Remarkable
    • Note: If you encounter issues such as the account login fails (“SSL handshakre failed”) or the update does not work (“Update error”), then power off and restart your Remarkable.

Caveat: The configuration changes may be lost when the reMarkable updates!

Credit goes to jfreax on reddit/r/RemarkableTablet

To debug connection issues do the following:

  1. Stop the wlan service
    systemctl stop wpa_supplicant@wlan0.service
  2. Manually run the wpa_supplicant tool:
    wpa_supplicant -C/var/run/wpa_supplicant -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/eduroam.conf -iwlan0

By running


you should see output similar to this:

Successfully initialized wpa_supplicant
wlan0: Trying to associate with SSID 'eduroam'
wlan0: Associated with 48:ff:36:e5:d1:98
wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-EAP-STARTED EAP authentication started
wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-EAP-PROPOSED-METHOD vendor=0 method=25
wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-EAP-METHOD EAP vendor 0 method 25 (PEAP) selected
wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-EAP-PEER-CERT depth=1 subject='/C=NL/ST=Noord-Holland/L=Amsterdam/O=TERENA/CN=TERENA SSL CA 3' hash=be4dd8c5d8
wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-EAP-PEER-CERT depth=0 subject='/C=BE/ST=Oost-Vlaanderen/L=Gent/O=Universiteit Gent/OU=DICT/' hash=9c442326c372fcd43
wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-EAP-PEER-ALT depth=0
wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-EAP-PEER-ALT depth=0
EAP-MSCHAPV2: Authentication succeeded
EAP-TLV: TLV Result - Success - EAP-TLV/Phase2 Completed
wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-EAP-SUCCESS EAP authentication completed successfully
wlan0: WPA: Key negotiation completed with 48:ff:36:e5:d1:98 [PTK=CCMP GTK=CCMP]
wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-CONNECTED - Connection to 48:ff:36:e5:d1:98 completed [id=0 id_str=]
Cwlan0: CTRL-EVENT-DISCONNECTED bssid=48:ff:36:e5:d1:98 reason=3 locally_generated=1
nl80211: deinit ifname=wlan0 disabled_11b_rates=0

Connecting to a captive portal

The key idea is to establish a SOCKS proxy in your reMarkable, then try to browse the web through this proxy from another device. This will redirect you to the captive portal page, which you can fill out as usual.

  1. First, you need to be able to SSH Access to the reMarkable via USB.
  2. Connect to the WiFi network from your reMarkable. This should be possible because it does not have a password, even if your reMarkable then cannot connect to the cloud.
  3. On your computer, establish a SOCKSv5 proxy going through the reMarkable. To that end, use the -D <port> ssh flag, like so
    ssh -D 1337 root@

    For Windows PuTTY users, configure ssh port forwarding by going to Connection–>SSH–>Tunnels on the PuTTY Configuration Menu. Once there, add a new forwarded port by making Source code


    and selecting Dynamic. Then click Add and you should see “D1337” under Forwarded Ports. Now connect to your Remarkable.

  4. Configure your browser to use a SOCKSv5 proxy. For example: in Firefox, go to Network Settings in

    and select Manual Proxy Configuration. The SOCKS host should be


    and the port


    Make sure SOCKS v5 is checked too. After you are done with this guide, remember to revert the settings to their original values, or else FireFox will continue to attempt to connect through the proxy. (You can use any browser, just look up how to.)

  5. Navigate to an HTTP page, like, and the captive portal should appear. Fill it out as usual.
  6. Your reMarkable should connect to the cloud at this point. Enjoy!

Connecting to a network with a password with characters unsupported by the on-screen keyboard

The Remarkable on-screen keyboard only supports a limited number of characters. If you want to connect to a WiFi network with such a password, you can manually edit /home/root/.config/remarkable/xochitl.conf via SSH to add your WiFi network configuration. The WiFi configuration part looks something like this:


The value part is encoded by QSettings from QT5 and contains the WiFi network ssid (network name), password and protocol (not sure which values are supported, at least psk). can be used to encode your network settings in the right format.

please note that this makes the whole setup “insecure”, anybody could offer a honey pot network that your tablet would connect to. Personally, use the second recipe if you feel comfortable working on the Linux command line, or this if you feel unsure about editing config files
Actually for the universities I know about, this is usually domain user@domain. That would be the TU Wien and Uni Hagen, both provide pages explaining the parameters needed, google.
some users didn't have that file, using /lib/systemd/system/wpa_supplicant@.service instead seems to work too
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tips/wifi.txt · Last modified: 2020/12/29 22:06 by xcte