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Using wpa_gui

wpa_gui provides a Qt GUI interface for wpa_supplicant and enables you to choose which configured network to connect to. It also provides a method for browsing 802.11 SSID scan results, an event history log of messages generated by wpa_supplicant and a method to add or edit wpa_supplicant networks.

wpa_gui is contained in the package wpagui.

Before trying to use wpa_gui you need either to use ceni to set up a basic config or take a few moments to set up some config files with Setting up for WiFi Roaming with wpa.

You will most likely need non-free firmware to be available on a USB-stick to install on the operating system. Please refer to non-free firmware debs on a stick.

Using the GUI interface wpa_gui

You can start the wpa_gui from the menu, or if you prefer the cli, as user with $ /usr/sbin/wpa_gui.

When starting wpa_gui for the first time the default screen is:

First Screen

To find what WiFi networks are available click on Scan to bring up a list of available networks.


Doubleclick on the network you want to add which will bring up this screen:

Enter passphrase and add

Add the required passphrase to enable access and click on add:

If you are happy and everything is working, you can add the settings to /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa-roam.conf by choosing File > Save Configuration.

After the initialisation of wpa_gui, the known added networks within range will show from the Network drop down box:

The interface

In a 'roaming mode' you will need to restart the scan process.

Content last revised 10/01/2012 1500 UTC