[kwlug-disc] configuring ubuntu server wireless without changing /etc/network/interfaces?

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Mon Apr 19 18:00:39 EDT 2010

On Mon, 19 Apr 2010, Lori Paniak wrote:

> GUI or not?
> On Mon, 2010-04-19 at 15:30 -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> > i have a new install of ubuntu server 10.04 beta on a laptop, and
> > the little wireless monitor light is lit so it obviously at least
> > detects nearby wireless before any net config is done.  the question:
> > can i configure and activate wireless without actually editing
> > /etc/network/interfaces?  as in, do it all from the command line?
> >
> >   i know that if i simply add the line
> >
> >   iface wlan0 inet dhcp
> >
> > to /etc/network/interfaces, then i can use a combination of
> > iwconfig and ifconfig to fire up wireless.  but, if i understand it
> > correctly, i still have to have at least that entry in the interfaces
> > file.  or do i?

  no GUI, but it's ok, i figured it out -- after iwconfig and
ifconfig, i just need to run "dhclient" on that interface.  piece of


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