WICONFIG(8)             NetBSD System Manager's Manual             WICONFIG(8)


NAME
wiconfig -- configure WaveLAN/IEEE devices
SYNOPSIS
wiconfig interface [-Dho] [-A 1|2] [-a access_point_density] [-d max_data_length] [-g fragmentation_threshold] [-M 0|1] [-m MAC_address] [-R 1|3] [-r RTS_threshold] [-s station_name]
DESCRIPTION
The wiconfig command controls the operation of WaveLAN/IEEE wireless net- working devices via the wi(4) and awi(4) drivers. The wiconfig command can also be used to view the current settings of these parameters and to dump out the values of the card's statistics counters. Most of the parameters that can be changed relate to the IEEE 802.11 pro- tocol which the WaveLAN implements. This includes the station name, whether the station is operating in ad-hoc (point to point) or BSS (ser- vice set) mode, and the network name of a service set to join (IBSS) if BSS mode is enabled. The interface argument given to wiconfig should be the logical interface name associated with the WaveLAN/IEEE device (e.g., wi0, wi1, etc.).
OPTIONS
With no extra options, wiconfig will display the current settings of the specified WaveLAN/IEEE interface. The options are as follows: -A 1|2 Set the authentication type for a specified interface. Per- mitted values are 1 (Open System Authentication) or 2 (Shared Key Authentication). The default is 1. -a access_point_density Specify the access point density for a given interface. Legal values are 1 (low), 2 (medium), and 3 (high). This setting influences some of the radio modem threshold set- tings. -D This forces the driver to initiate one round of access point scanning. All of the access points found are displayed. -d max_data_length Set the maximum receive and transmit frame size for a speci- fied interface. The max data length can be any number from 256 to 2346. The default is 2304. -g fragmentation_threshold Set the fragmentation threshold. -h Display a short help. -M 0|1 Enable or disable "microwave oven robustness" on a given interface. This should only be used if needed. In cases of slow performance where there is a good quality signal but also high levels of noise (i.e., the signal to noise ratio is bad but the signal strength is good), and there is an operating microwave oven in or near the signal path, this option may be of use. In bad signal-to-noise conditions, the link layer will switch to lower transmit rates. However at lower transmit rates, individual frames take longer to transmit, making them more vulnerable to bursty noise. The option works by enabling data fragmentation in the link layer as the transmit speed lowers in an attempt to shorten the transmit time of each frame so that individual frames are more likely to be trans- mitted without error. Note that this does not impact the visible MTU of the link. -m MAC_address Set the station address for the specified interface. The MAC address is specified as a series of six hexadecimal values separated by colons, e.g., 00:60:1d:12:34:56. This programs the new address into the card and updates the interface as well. -o Print out the statistics counters instead of the card set- tings. Note that, however, the statistics will only be updated every minute or so. -R 1|3 Enable or disable roaming function on a given interface. The legal values are 1 (Roaming handled by firmware) and 3 (Roam- ing Disabled). The default is 1. -r RTS_threshold Set the RTS/CTS threshold for a given interface. This con- trols the number of bytes used for the RTS/CTS handshake boundary. The RTS_threshold can be any value between 0 and 2347. The default is 2347, which indicates RTS/CTS mechanism never to be used. -s station_name Sets the station_name for the specified interface. The station_name is used for diagnostic purposes. The Lucent WaveMANAGER software can poll the names of remote hosts.
SEE ALSO
awi(4), wi(4), ifconfig(8)
HISTORY
The wiconfig command first appeared in FreeBSD 3.0, as wicontrol. It was added to NetBSD 1.5 under its present name.
AUTHORS
The wiconfig command was written by Bill Paul <wpaul@ctr.columbia.edu>. NetBSD 5.0_RC4 August 25, 2004 NetBSD 5.0_RC4

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