IWGETID(8)             (02 December 2003)              IWGETID(8)

          iwgetid - Report ESSID, NWID or AP/Cell Address of wireless

          iwgetid [interface] [--raw] [--scheme] [--ap] [--freq]
                             [--mode] [--protocol] [--channel]

          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 NWID.
          The default formatting output is pretty-print.

               This option disables pretty-printing of the informa-
               tion. This option is orthogonal to the other options
               (except --scheme), so with the appropriate combination
               of options you can print the raw ESSID, AP Address or
               This format is ideal when storing the result of iwgetid
               as a variable in Shell or Perl scripts or to pass the
               result as an argument on the command line of iwconfig.

               This option is similar to the previous one, it disables
               pretty-printing of the information and removes all
               characters that are not alphanumerics (like space,
               punctuation and control characters).
               The resulting output is a valid Pcmcia scheme identi-
               fier (that may be used as an argument of the command
               cardctl scheme).  This format is also ideal when using
               the result of iwgetid as a selector in Shell or Perl
               scripts, or as a file name.

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

               Display the current frequency or channel used by the

               Display the current channel used by the interface. The
               channel is determined using the current frequency and

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               the frequency list provided by the interface.

               Display the current mode of the interface.

               Display the protocol name of the interface. This allows
               to identify all the cards that are compatible with each
               other and accept the same type of configuration.
               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 man-
               dated to support.

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

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