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WICONFIG(8)			   BSD System Manager's Manual			      WICONFIG(8)

NAME
     wiconfig -- configure WaveLAN/IEEE devices

SYNOPSIS
     wiconfig interface [-Dho] [-A 1|2] [-a access_point_density] [-d max_data_length] [-M 0|1]
	      [-R 1|3] [-s station_name]

DESCRIPTION
     The wiconfig command controls the operation of WaveLAN/IEEE wireless networking devices via
     the wi(4) and awi(4) drivers.  The wiconfig command can also be used to view the current
     settings of these parameters and to dump out the values of the card's statistics counters.

     Most of the parameters that can be changed relate to the IEEE 802.11 protocol which the
     WaveLAN implements.  This includes the station name, whether the station is operating in ad-
     hoc (point to point) or BSS (service set) mode, and the network name of a service set to
     join (IBSS) if BSS mode is enabled.

     The interface argument given to wiconfig should be the logical interface name associated
     with the WaveLAN/IEEE device (e.g., wi0, wi1, etc.).

OPTIONS
     With no extra options, wiconfig will display the current settings of the specified
     WaveLAN/IEEE interface.

     The options are as follows:

     -A 1|2	 Set the authentication type for a specified interface.  Permitted values are 1
		 (Open System Authentication) or 2 (Shared Key Authentication).  The default is
		 1.

     -a access_point_density
		 Specify the access point density for a given interface.  Legal values are 1
		 (low), 2 (medium), and 3 (high).  This setting influences some of the radio
		 modem threshold settings.

     -D 	 This forces the driver to initiate one round of access point scanning.  All of
		 the access points found are displayed.

     -d max_data_length
		 Set the maximum receive and transmit frame size for a specified interface.  The
		 max data length can be any number from 256 to 2346.  The default is 2304.

     -h 	 Display a short help.

     -M 0|1	 Enable or disable "microwave oven robustness" on a given interface.  This should
		 only be used if needed.

		 In cases of slow performance where there is a good quality signal but also high
		 levels of noise (i.e., the signal to noise ratio is bad but the signal strength
		 is good), or a microwave oven is operating near the antenna of the WLAN peer or
		 access point, this option may be of use.

		 In bad signal-to-noise conditions, the link layer will switch to lower transmit
		 rates.  However at lower transmit rates, individual frames take longer to trans-
		 mit, making them more vulnerable to bursty noise.  The option works by enabling
		 data fragmentation in the link layer as the transmit speed lowers in an attempt
		 to shorten the transmit time of each frame so that individual frames are more
		 likely to be transmitted without error.

		 Note that this does not impact the visible MTU of the link.

     -o 	 Print out the statistics counters instead of the card settings.  Note that, how-
		 ever, the statistics will only be updated every minute or so.

     -R 1|3	 Enable or disable roaming function on a given interface.  The legal values are 1
		 (Roaming handled by firmware) and 3 (Roaming Disabled).  The default is 1.

     -r RTS_threshold

     -f fragmentation_threshold

     -m MAC_address
		 These options are deprecated since NetBSD 6.0.  Use ifconfig(8) to set the link-
		 layer address, the fragmentation threshold, and the RTS threshold.

     -s station_name
		 Sets the station_name for the specified interface.  The station_name is used for
		 diagnostic purposes.  The Lucent WaveMANAGER software can poll the names of
		 remote hosts.

SEE ALSO
     awi(4), wi(4), ifconfig(8)

HISTORY
     The wiconfig command first appeared in FreeBSD 3.0, as wicontrol.	It was added to
     NetBSD 1.5 under its present name.

AUTHORS
     The wiconfig command was written by Bill Paul <wpaul@ctr.columbia.edu>.

BSD					   July 2, 2009 				      BSD
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