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Location: The GREAT USA (if we ever get rid of Obama, that is)
Distribution: The latest one is Mint Linux but I'm still looking into others.
How can I find out my BSSID?
I know that it stands for Basic Service Set IDentifier (meaning Internet Provider (IP) Address?). I'm trying to setup my network on my laptop using Ubuntu 9.04 and part of the info it asks for is for the BBSID. I've seen this on other linux distro's and kept thinking that I need to find out what it is and how I find out what the BSSID is for my system.
I ran 'ifconfig' and got:
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:00:e2:82:94:46
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
(I 'x'-ed out the addresses for personal security reasons. My wireless uses 'eth1' to access the internet.)
Is the 'inet addr' my router's hardware address (BSSID?)? I noticed that the 'inet addr' is different in the loopback, I confess confusion on that.
Also, I am using a Linksys wireless router and I was wondering if I can access the routers' configuration console on my computer? When I lived in Dallas, Tx and I had DSL (2WIRE router), all I had to enter in the address box was 'http://gateway.2wire.net' and got the console to access the routers' configuration, firewall, etcetera.
Oops. I assumed facts not in evidence. Adding to the fine response from pixellany....
Every network hardware device has a "physical" address, called a MAC address. Also called a "hardware" address. These addresses are physically coded into the hardware (firmware.) It is a 6 part hexadecimal identifier expressed as ff:ff:ff:11:11:11 . The first three sections represent a specific manufacturer. Linksys, 3Com, Etc. The second half represents a number assigned by the manufacturer. A serial number if you will. The better LAN cards will have this number printed on them. All the access points I've seen have the MAC address printed on the outside label. So the BSSID is the MAC address of the wireless access point.
While you have an active connection, ping any active host. Then type "/sbin/arp -a" and you will see your IP address to MAC address associations. Just as DNS matches names to IP addresses, the arp protocol associates MAC addresses to IP addresses on the local network. This is the OSI layer 2, or DataLink layer at work.
There are a couple of ways to connect to a wireless access point. The SSID is a alphanumeric name setup by the access point administrator and broadcast like a beacon. However this beacon can be silenced, and the client has to broadcast a request to find that SSID. An alternative is to use the BSSID, or MAC address of the access point to. The point of both methods is to automatically connect to the correct access point. If neither is defined, the client will be prompted to select an access point from a list of detected access points.
Do you have the manual for your router? If not, I'm sure this info is on the Linksys website.
If you never set or changed your password, then try something like "admin" (for both login and password)
I am a novice. LOL. So you forgot your modem/router user id and password. Hey if I am not mistaken, there is a reset button on back of the modem/router. There is a pin sized hole, you would stick like a paperclip in the hole and press for like 10 seconds or so. That should set it back to default, and I believe that after that you would use the word admin(all lower case) as the user ID and then for the password, you would also use the word admin. Once you are in, CHANGE THE PASSWORD TO SOMETHING YOU WILL REMEMBER, like your driver license number or some other thing YOU WILL NOT FORGET.
I thought this thread was for BSSID. I still haven't seen anything that answers the question. I have typed in IFCONFIG at the command line. This lists all of your network addresses. there is a listing for "wanl0". I believe this is for your wireless. There is a HWaddress: and a number, if I am understanding all of this other superfluous information THIS is your BSSID, but I am not sure either. I am a blockhead, I need something to state BSSID:[number] and not leave it to me to figure out. I mean, isn't that obvious, I am posting to something that has not been responded to in 6 months.