How can I go about seeing the different AP around me using the terminal? OpenSuse linux

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You can use the command:

sudo iwlist wlan0 scan

This assumes that wlan0 is your wireless interface. To find out if it is or not type sudo iwconfig which will give you a list of your network interfaces and tell you which ones have wireless extensions enabled.

  • hmm I'm getting iwlist not found
    – n0pe
    Apr 6, 2011 at 1:21
  • In that case you'll have to install the wireless-tools package, which I think requires the command sudo yast2 --install wireless-tools . However, it's been a few years since I last used opensuse so I may have got the syntax wrong.
    – Phil
    Apr 6, 2011 at 1:25

I know this is a six years old question and its already answered but i went in the same problem on a debian system and use this command:

nmcli dev wifi list
  • Not all debian systems use network-manager. Other than that, this is a fine answer.
    – Wyatt Ward
    Jul 29, 2020 at 23:17
  • This tool lists APs in color!
    – Roland
    Oct 7, 2020 at 20:23

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