I want to write a script-Ubuntu_OS- would connect to a wireless Internet so I need to know how to connect Internet via terminal in Linux. I tried many suggestions on the Internet but nothing at all

  • Please add in some of the things you've tried, not just "I've tried some things". – Rob Jan 9 '12 at 16:47
  • you can check this thread here which solved for him but it failed for me :( ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1740726 – wisdom Jan 9 '12 at 16:50
  • I'll assume from the link you're using ubuntu. What sort of protection is on the wireless network, WEP, WPA, whatever? – Rob Jan 9 '12 at 16:54
  • that's it....I'm using Ubuntu OS, the wireless encryption is WPA – wisdom Jan 9 '12 at 17:10

By your question i assume you want a script to connect to a wi-fi network using a linux script and access internet.

Scan all networks available

iwlist wlan0 scan

      Cell 14 - Address: 80:A1:D7:7A:5E:68   <<AP
                Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                Quality=26/70  Signal level=-84 dBm  
                Encryption key:on
                Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s
                Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s
                          36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                Extra: Last beacon: 1260ms ago
                IE: Unknown: 000472686561
                IE: Unknown: 010482848B96
                IE: Unknown: 030106
                IE: WPA Version 1
                    Group Cipher : TKIP
                    Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
                    Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                IE: Unknown: 050400010000
                IE: Unknown: 2A0104
                IE: Unknown: 32080C1218243048606C

From the list select essid of wi-fi netwwork you want to connect

iwconfig wlan0 essid ID key KEY

if ESSID is "" use access-point

iwconfig wlan0 ap AP key KEY


ifconfig wlan0
iwconfig wlan0 ap AP key KEY
dhclient wlan0
  • I've tried this method but it tells me at the end of operation following:[No DHCPOFFERS received. Trying recorded lease PING ( 56(84) bytes of data. --- ping statistics --- 1 packets transmitted, 0 received, +1 errors, 100% packet loss, time 0ms No working leases in persistent database - sleeping. ] what does that means ?? then how can I check if it connected or NOT ?! – wisdom Jan 9 '12 at 17:09
  • sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart – Rob Jan 9 '12 at 17:11
  • no dhcpoffers received , means either you havent configured dhcp properly on router or the wi-fi interface is not connected properly . Check the output of "iwconfig wlan0" to see if its connected properly. Also you might need to configure ip manually if dhcp is not configured. ifconfig wlan0 – daya Jan 9 '12 at 17:17
  • Oops...I can't do that even with manually ip :( , anyone can explain step-by-step how will the script can work ?? or even can write the code then upload it ? .does it work with anyone ?? – wisdom Jan 9 '12 at 20:42
  • please anyone can help :'( , after trying this code above the wireless became auto-disconnect every 7-10 minutes :( ,so I changed the password of it to skip the problem. – wisdom Jan 12 '12 at 10:55

You could try using WICD network manager, it has a CLI network manager you can install.

You could also try using the Ceni script from smxi, which has worked great for me in a few cases where WICD and Gnome-network-manager were not working.

These won't really be a script to start a network connection, but both are accessible from command line and both will let you scan for networks, connect, put in keys, etc. in a nice manner.

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