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       iwgetid [interface] [--scheme] [--ap] [--freq] [--mode]


       iwgetid is used to find out the  NWID,  ESSID  or  AP/Cell
       Address  of  the  wireless network that is currently used.
       The information reported is the same as the one  shown  by
       iwconfig,  but  iwgetid  is easier to integrate in various
       By default, iwgetid will print the ESSID  of  the  device,
       and if the device doesn't have any ESSID it will print its


              This option disables pretty-printing of the  infor­
              mation, only the raw ESSID (or NWID, or AP Address)
              is printed. Also, characters that are not  alphanu­
              merics (like space, punctuation and control charac­
              ters) are skipped.
              The resulting output is a valid Pcmcia scheme iden­
              tifier (that may be used as an argument of the com­
              mand cardctl scheme).  This format  is  also  ideal
              when  using  the result of iwgetid as a variable in
              Shell or Perl scripts.

       --ap   Display the MAC  address  of  the  Wireless  Access
              Point or the Cell.

       --freq Display  the  current  frequency or channel used by
              the interface.

       --mode Display the current mode of the interface.

              Display the protocol name of  the  interface.  This
              allow to identify all the cards that are compatible
              with each other and accept the same type of config­
              This  can  also be used to check Wireless Extension
              support on the  interface,  as  this  is  the  only
              attribute  that  all  drivers  supporting  Wireless
              Extension are mandated to support.


       iwconfig(8), ifconfig(8), iwspy(8), iwpriv(8).

net-tools                 7 August 2001                IWGETID(8)
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