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WIRELESS

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (7)

Updated: 4 March 2004

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NAME

wireless - Wireless Tools and Wireless Extensions

SYNOPSIS

iwconfig

iwpriv -a

DESCRIPTION

The Wireless Extensions is an API allowing you manipulate Wireless LAN networking interfaces. It is composed of a variety of tools and configuration files. It is documented in more detail in the Linux Wireless LAN Howto.

The Wireless Tools are used to change the configuration of wireless LAN networking interfaces on the fly, to get their current configuration, to get statistics and diagnose them. They are described in their own man page, see below for references.

Wireless configuration is specific to each Linux distribution. This man page will contain in the future the configuration procedure for a few common distributions. For the time being, check the file DISTRIBUTIONS.txt included with the Wireless Tools package.

DEBIAN 3.0

In Debian 3.0 (and later) you can configure wireless LAN networking devices using the network configuration tool ifupdown?(8).

File

<DD CLASS="c2|/etc/network/interfaces:

:Form wireless-<function> <value>

wireless-essid Home

wireless-mode Ad-Hoc:

:See also /etc/network/if-pre-up.d/wireless-tools

/usr/share/doc/wireless-tools/README.Debian:

SuSE 8.0

SuSE 8.0 (and later) has integrated wireless configuration in their network scripts.

Tool

<DD CLASS="c3|Yast2:

:File /etc/sysconfig/network/wireless

/etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-*:

:Form WIRELESS_<function>=<value>

WIRELESS_ESSID="Home"

WIRELESS_MODE=Ad-Hoc:

:See also man ifup

info scpm:

ORIGINAL PCMCIA SCRIPTS

If you are using the original configuration scripts from the Pcmcia package, you can use this method.

File

<DD CLASS="c2|/etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts:

:Form *,*,*,*)

    ESSID="Home"

    MODE="Ad-Hoc"

    ;;:

:See also /etc/pcmcia/wireless

File PCMCIA.txt part of Wireless Tools package:

AUTHOR

Jean Tourrilhes - [email protected]

http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/

SEE ALSO

iwconfig?(8), iwlist?(8), iwspy?(8), iwpriv?(8), iwevent?(8).


Index

NAME

SYNOPSIS

DESCRIPTION

DEBIAN 3.0

SuSE 8.0

ORIGINAL PCMCIA SCRIPTS

AUTHOR

SEE ALSO