NOTE: this page is for archival only, see the note at the end of the page.


Here we start documentation for users for all new wireless utilities. The list is short, but we'll try to add more as we go.

  • Wireless modes - modes you can set your wireless card to operate in

  • iw - new nl80211 based command line interface (CLI) configuration utility

  • rfkill - simple tool for rfkill debugging/settings

  • crda - new central regulatory domain agent, nl80211 based userspace regulatory db agent

  • hostapd - hostapd is a IEEE 802.11 AP, IEEE 802.1X/WPA/WPA2/EAP/RADIUS Authenticator

  • wpa_supplicant - wpa_supplicant is a WPA Supplicant and SME (initiates MLME commands)

  • WoW - Wake on Wireless LAN support

  • Power consumption - details of power consumption with 802.11 devices on Linux, covers IEEE 802.11 power savings, ASPM, and driver tweaks for ASPM, Dynamic power save, and pm-qos.

  • WAPI - China's alternative to 802.11i (now part of 802.11-2007), ISO voted yes...

  • DFS - Design documentation for future DFS implementation in mac80211

Wireless managers

This is the list of available known wireless managers you can use in distributions

  • NetworkManager - GUI based connection manager with wireless support

  • wicd - Simple GUI based connection manager with wireless support

  • connman - GUI based connection manager with wireless support, designed with embedded devices in mind

Wireless sniffers / intrusion testing / packet injection utilities

  • wireshark - a packet analyzer

  • kismet - an 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system

  • packetspammer- a mac80211 packet injection utility

  • aircrack-ng an 802.11 WEP and WPA-PSK keys intrusion testing program

Helping users and developers

Please consider reading these sections to help developers help you more efficiently.

To the very curious user

In case you want to read up on what things are being advanced within Linux wireless. This should help users become familiar with our latest developments.

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