Re: Using WPA without wpa_supplicant?
Am Mittwoch, 19. Oktober 2005 20:06 schrieb Freddie Cash:
> Interesting. What's the iwpriv command? It's not present on my unstable
> system. But, then, I don't use any of the wireless tools, so it's
> probably part of that package. :)
Yes, it is part of that package. Description from man page:
iwpriv - configure optionals (private) parameters of a wireless network
> I prefer the wpa_supplicant approach, as I can then treat my wireless and
> wired interfaces the same, using the same ifconfig/dhclient commands.
I also treat them the same! Of course you can use ifconfig/dhclient to
configure your network interfaces, but a better (?) approach is to specify
all your network settings in /etc/network/interfaces and then use "ifup" and
"ifdown" to bring your devices up and down. This is, what the standard Debian
network tools do.
> Don't have to worry about any iwpriv commands, setting the ssid, keys,
I don't either, they are just in the conf file (and furthermore: not another
conf file, but the normal networking one).
> And wpa_supplicant.conf supports multiple network configs (mine
> currently has 5 networks in there, so I can connect to the library,
> coffee shops, home, or office wireless networks without any extra work),
> where it will connect to the first AP that matches one of the network
> blocks (with a user priority setting if there are multiple matches).
I am pretty sure, that this is possible, although I am not using it.
If you don't know ifup, ifdown and the network configuration
file /etc/network/interfaces, I recommend looking at "man interfaces", it
simplifies a lot and is quite standard (on Linux anyways).
> TMTOWTDI, I guess. :)
> The really nice thing about wpa_supplicant, is that I get all the benfits
> of the bazillion different wireless profile managers out there, but with
> full WEP and WPA support (haven't found any that support WPA), and only a
> single text file to edit (no GUI needed). :) And it's portable across
> Linux and FreeBSD, which is a major boon to me, being a FreeBSD user at
> heart and at home (I only use Debian because of work). Plus, it works
> with any WPA-enabled NIC.
Yes, I am not saying it is bad. But the poster asked about non-wpa_supplicant
ways of doing this, if the wireless card supports it.
I am not sure at all, that "my" procedure works for any card. I just like it
better like that and it works for me :-)