getting started with wlan

Timo Juhani Lindfors timo.lindfors at
Sun Mar 21 10:47:24 CET 2010

Kai-Martin <kmk at> writes:
> Ok, why not.
> I am only half fluent with the necessesary commands. On my
> laptop I used to call  wpa_supplicant with some fancy config file.
> The wlan device to talk to seems to be eth0, right?

Yes but you can change that to more logical "wlan" with udev.

> Most of the time when I check with ifconfig, there is no decice eth0.
> Presumably this is, because the wlan chip is xswitched off.
> How do I manually switch the wlan chip on and off?

Depends on what manually means :-) In debian I do

om wifi power 1

With FSO you are probably supposed to request the WiFi resource.

> PS: The search utility in the wiki seems to be broken. The term
> "Wifi" could not be not be found, even though there is a page
> called like that.

It needs javascript.

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