I have been traveling the last two weeks, and I have found how useful is wifi-radar on my Linux powered laptop.
I have an IBM Thinkpad T30 with an Aironet Wifi internal card (for the records)
Debian / Ubuntu
sudo aptitude install wifi-radar
sudo yum install wifi-radar
The first time you run wifi-radar, it will detect the available networks in that place and list it on the screen, like the screenshot below.
You should create profiles for all connections you may want to connect, and then select the one you want to connect and click on connect, and if all your configuration is OK you will connect to that network.
You can also run it as a daemon to do this run:
sudo wifi-radar -d
Wifi-radar will try to connect to the default networks you have configured, (those with profiles created) if they are available, you can also check the
This is how mine looks like:
[DEFAULT] scan_timeout = 2 auto_profile_order = DIPLOMAT6to,DIPLOMAT8vo,ADSL_Wireless speak_up = False ifup_required = False interface = eth0 commit_required = False [DIPLOMAT6to] prescript = use_wpa = no postscript = mode = auto key = abcd12346 use_dhcp = yes security = open channel = auto [DIPLOMAT8vo] prescript = use_wpa = no postscript = mode = auto key = abcd123456 use_dhcp = yes security = open channel = auto [ADSL_Wireless] prescript = use_wpa = no postscript = mode = auto key = secretkey0 use_dhcp = yes security = open channel = auto
Of course it is easier to use the UI interface to start it run: