Why does the Linux installer want my wireless passphrase?

I just downloaded the Linux installer for my distribution(Fedora) and it asks me do I want to use wired or wireless. I select wireless and it asks me for my SSID and key. Why is this? I’m already connected to the internet. It shouldn’t even need to ask me which interface to access the internet, but perhaps on some setups it does, but it definitely should not need my SSID and key to download the image.

Needless to say, I won’t be entering it, and if necessary will resort to using dd to install the image.

Can anyone explain this to me?

It’s asking so that it can put it in OSMC so when you first boot you will connect to the internet. Nothing shady or underhanded happening here.

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Needless to say, SSID and passphrase aren’t much use if you aren’t within wifi range.

Maybe not: but it beats typing in a 63 char WPA2 key via a remote… If you don’t want to enter it, don’t, and enter it on the device itself.