You say in Mate we have other methods of configuring it. I'm talking about configuring it in console, even if MATE is installed.
What is that way of configuring, you don't mean starting up MATE which is what I wanted to avoid.
It's like starting up a major load on the computer (MATE) just to be able to turn the Internet on.
Also if that is the only way, it brings up the difficulty in accessing the MATE Network settings using the mouse. I dislike playing "Pin the Mouse Tail on the Icon" game. It's frustrating.