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Old 07-11-2003, 06:31 PM   #1
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how to discover essid

I have a laptop running Mandrake 9.1 and a Lucent Orinoco Wireless PCMCIA card. The card shows up in the system as eth0. What I would like to know is how to be able to detect what wireless networks are available to join. I am new to wireless. I do have the wireless tools installed and the iwconfig does work with the card.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Old 07-11-2003, 09:44 PM   #2
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you say you want to see what networks you can join:

Wellenreiter should show you what networks you can join and their ssid and stuff...

of course you are using it for a legitemate purpose
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And don't forget after that :-)

Old 07-11-2003, 10:15 PM   #4
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might as well direct him to


have fun!
Old 07-14-2003, 01:46 PM   #5
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Once you have discovered a wireless network, how would I connect to it using iwconfig? I've found many an open network, local hotspots at airports and cafes, but had no luck connecting.

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