WPA Supplicant

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Summary: wpa_supplicant is a cross-platform supplicant with support for open, WEP, WPA and WPA2. It handles scanning, connection and automatic reconnect to access points. wpa_supplicant has wpa_cli and wpa_gui frontends and wpa_supplicant daemon. Configuration is stored on /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf.

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Add support for access point mode
eap-sim
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tdls
Add support for Tunneled Direct Link Setup (802.11z)
uncommon-eap-types
Add support for Wi-Fi Protected Setup
wps
Add support for Wi-Fi Protected Setup
wimax
Add support for Wimax EAP-PEER authentication algorithm
smartcard
Add support for smartcards

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WPA Supplicant

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Configuration

/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf - wpa_supplicant daemon config
# provide control interface for wpa_cli and wpa_gui frontends
ctrl_interface=/run/wpa_supplicant

# allow wpa_cli and wpa_gui to update config
update_config=1

network={
	ssid="SSID"
	psk="passphrace"
}

network={
	ssid="SSID2"
	key_mgmt=NONE
}

Daemon

Start daemon with openrc.

#/etc/init.d/wpa_supplicant start

You can also add it to default runlevel.

#rc-update add wpa_supplicant default

The daemon can work independently or you can use wpa_cli and wpa_gui frontends. You can also alter configs with frontends.

wpa_cli

You can start cli frontend by running wpa_cli.

# $ wpa_cli

Scan Access Points

scan
OK
<3>CTRL-EVENT-SCAN-STARTED
<3>CTRL-EVENT-SCAN-RESULTS
scan_results
bssid / frequency / signal level / flags / ssid
50:32:75:ee:b6:fb       2462    -41     [WPA2-PSK-CCMP][ESS]    AndroidAP
00:3a:98:99:12:f3       2412    -71     [WPA2-EAP-CCMP][ESS]    wEKSOTE
00:3a:98:99:12:f0       2412    -71     [WPA2-EAP-CCMP][ESS]    wULAPPA
00:23:33:a2:7d:14       2462    -85     [WPA2-EAP-CCMP][ESS]    SaitaBYOD
00:3a:98:99:12:f1       2412    -70     [ESS]   saitaOpen

wpa_gui

wpa_gui is simple gui frontend. You can start it by running wpa_gui.