Re: Running DHCP once wpa_supplicant associates with an AP?
On October 31, 2005 18:40, Joe Emenaker wrote:
> I think I've asked this before... either that or I searched and read a
> million other threads where they said "That can't be done, yet".
> So, I'm trying to find out if it can be done.... *yet*.
> All I want to do is have wpa_supplicant trigger a dhclient (or other
> dhcp client) for an interface when it associates with an AP. I've tried
> just putting the "iface eth1 inet dhcp" in /etc/network/interfaces, but
> that doesn't do it... and, last time I additionally put "auto eth1" in
> there, dhclient would try to run at boot time, before wpa_supplicant
> ran... and there'd be a long pause during the boot process while
> dhclient timed-out.
> It seems like something that so many people would want to do. I just
> can't figure out how.
> Any help?
> - Joe
I use ifplugd to bring my network devices up and down. When wpa_supplicant
associates with a wireless network, ifplugd detects that there is a link and
thus can bring up the device. It actually executes a script. In the default
setup, this is
/etc/ifplugd/action.d/0-default <dev> up
which in turn calls
By default, this will apply the configuration
iface <dev> ...
from /etc/network/interfaces. So, if all you need is dhcp, here's a setup you
INTERFACES="eth1" # change to your device name
ARGS="--ignore-fail --delay-down=1 --delay-up=3 --ignore-retval --poll-time=1"
# This causes wpa_supplicant to be started at boot. Change the driver (-D)
# and the interface suit your device.
OPTIONS="-w -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -i eth1 -D ipw "
iface eth1 inet dhcp # again, change to your device's name
pre-up /usr/sbin/wpa_cli reassociate
See if you can get this to work and post your results. Using guessnet it's
also possible to apply a different network configuration depending on the
network where you associate. For example, a static configuration at home and
a dynamic (dhcp) configuration at school or work. I can post more details
about that if there's interest.