Updated: 2021/Apr/14

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

     wiconfig - configure WaveLAN/IEEE devices

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

     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.).

     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

     -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 transmit, 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, however, 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.

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

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

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

NetBSD 9.99                      July 2, 2009                      NetBSD 9.99