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Basically I want to check if the computer is connected to the wifi (router) using a command line command. Ping is usually used to check internet connection, but I only want to know if is connected to the router, not about internet connection. I am using wicd as a network manager.

Thank you

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Ping your router then. –  terdon Sep 4 '13 at 17:56
Thanks, but I believe iwconfig is faster, as the information will go on a loop (text status bar). –  milarepa Sep 4 '13 at 18:08

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The easiest way would be to ping your router, something like ping

Alternatively, you can run ifconfig and check if you have an IP address. You can also do this with iwconfig and look for an ESSID.

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Thank you. I will use iwconfig. –  milarepa Sep 4 '13 at 18:05

I believe that Wavemon should work for you.


  • Ubuntu/Debian:

    # apt-get install wavemon 
  • Fedora/CentOS/Red Hat:

    # yum install wavemon

Starting to use # wavemon.

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Thanks, but I was thinking to get the information as standard output, as I needed for an all text status bar. –  milarepa Sep 4 '13 at 18:06

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