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I have created a WiFi access point and I want to set the nickname field...

I am trying to set it using;

iwconfig wlan0 nick AP_NICK 

However I am getting an unsupported error which. The USB Dongle is an Edimax EW-7711UAn, using the RT2X00USB driver.

My question is, is it the firmware/chipset or something else that is stopping me setting the APs nickname? Is there anyway around this?

If there is nothing I can do, does anyone have a suggestion on USB WiFi chipsets/drivers/dongles with this capability?

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Don't use cheap, consumer-oriented WLAN chips as an AP. – allquixotic Mar 1 '13 at 22:04

The "NickName" is essid, you can change this using the following command:

iwconfig wlan0 essid "Here's NickName"
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Thanks, but the essid and nickname are different options. – Rich Mar 1 '13 at 23:03
Hmm, then, what's "nick" option ? – Victor Aurélio Mar 1 '13 at 23:25
The nickname is essentially just a bit of extra meta data describing the WiFi access point. The iwconfig man page describes it as a station name as opposed to a network name (essid). It is useful to differentiate between multiple access points on the same network. – Rich Mar 2 '13 at 22:55
Thanks for this explanation – Victor Aurélio Mar 2 '13 at 23:19
I read man page, and in example it's use "nickname" you already tested with "nickname" ? [...]iwconfig eth0 nickname "My Linux Node" – Victor Aurélio Mar 2 '13 at 23:24

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