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Wireless Client

What is it?

This function enables your IPFire system to connect to the Internet via a wireless network (802.11). This can be your own wireless network or your neighbour's. You will be able to connect to it as a client and IPFire will route your local networks through this wireless link.

You can define multiple wireless connections, IPFire will automatically choose the best one and will switch to another, if the active one gets out of reach.


You will require IPFire 2.13 Core Update 71 or later and a wireless adapter, that supports "client mode" and is supported by the MAC80211 wireless stack of the Linux kernel.

You will see the menu option only, if the system found a wireless adapter that is supported by the wireless stack. A list of all working wireless adapters can be found on our networking hardware compatibility list.

How to set up a wireless network connection?

The information you need to set up a wireless connection is the SSID, the encryption mode and if the network is using encryption, you will need the network's passphrase.

Just click on the button "new network" on the wireless client configuration page and you will be presented a form for input of this information.

Advanced settings

In the advanced settings section, you can define which WPA key algorithms should be used. The default is to let the system decide this automatically, based on what the access point supports.

Other choices are CCMP-CCMP, CCMP-TKIP and TKIP-TKIP where the first algorithm is used for pairwise encryption and the latter is used for encrypting packets that are sent to a group of clients (broadcasts, multicasts, etc.).

In general wp>CCMP is a better choice and more secure than wp>TKIP. So please use CCMP when ever you can.

The priority option is to prefer a certain networks over others, when both are in reach. The default priority is zero, the higher the number, the less preferred is the network.


If the system is connected, the connected network will be shown at the bottom of the page, including it's BSSID and the used encryption algorithms.

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Older Revisions • August 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm