I have two items on my list that are both out of wireless_tools, and while it’s neither here nor there, I’m going to split them into two separate posts. I think they’re each worth it.
The first is the omnipresent
I learned about
iwconfig the hard way, manually installing it for years alongside pcmciautils on ancient laptops that were never meant to run unwired.
More often than not, I ended up scooping up both wireless_tools and pcmciautils and transplanting them manually into systems, to get things networked.
All that is ancient history of course, and now most distros include wireless_tools, if not pcmcicautils, by default.
The reason I mention it now is that it’s still quite often the go-to program for manually setting an essid, mode, encryption key or what have you … if you don’t have a client to do those things for you.
That being said, this is not one of those times when I wax nostalgic over the good old days of Linux. I’m much happier now with things like wicd-curses or netctl or even Linux Mint‘s connection tools in MATE.
But I can’t discount that it’s important to know how to run it.
After all, you might find yourself trapped one day, on a Pentium-era laptop with a curmudgeonly wireless card, wondering how to get the fundamental software onto the machine to get the network running. … 🙄