Where can I test out wifi?

Brandon Sandrowicz bsandrow-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at public.gmane.org
Fri Nov 13 19:32:55 UTC 2009

On Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 3:19 PM, Walter Dnes <waltdnes-SLHPyeZ9y/tg9hUCZPvPmw at public.gmane.org> wrote:
>  It looks pretty good now.  Since I'm running Gentoo, I should've first
> looked for http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Wireless/Configuration which
> pointed out a few kernel settings I need to make.  Having done that and
> rebuilt the kernel, things appear to be working great.
>  I followed the examples at...
> http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/Network_Wireless_for_Knoppix_5.3.1_FAQ
> The 2 commands
> iwconfig wlan0 essid PCLAB1 channel 9
> ifconfig wlan0 up
> got the wireless up, and "iwlist wlan0 scanning" found 4 networks.  I
> didn't try "pump -i wlan0".  That'll wait for a visit to a hotspot.  And
> before anyone asks, my iptables settings are not restricted to only
> eth0.  I generallized that a long time ago to accomadate dialup.
>  My only disappointment with the machine is that Intel has totally
> dropped the ball on the linux video driver.  I'm stuck with 1024x768
> using the VESA driver instead of the 1366x768 that Windows users get.
> --
> Walter Dnes <waltdnes-SLHPyeZ9y/tg9hUCZPvPmw at public.gmane.org>

If you want something to show you a real-time list of available
networks, you could look at kismet.  Though -- as a war-driving tool
-- it could be viewed as something used to 'hack' wifi, so you might
want to keep it hush-hush if you take your laptop to Germany.
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