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    Default connecting to wifi

    i have 2 access point with same SSID, those 2 access points mac address is different
    example,

    AP1
    SSID TEST
    MAC 1.1.1.1.1.1

    AP2
    SSID TEST
    MAC 2.2.2.2.2.2

    if i use iwconfig wlan1 essid TEST
    i dont know how it chooses which access point

    is it possible to connect to AP by giving mac address of the access point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ammadeyy View Post
    i have 2 access point with same SSID, those 2 access points mac address is different
    example,

    AP1
    SSID TEST
    MAC 1.1.1.1.1.1

    AP2
    SSID TEST
    MAC 2.2.2.2.2.2

    if i use iwconfig wlan1 essid TEST
    i dont know how it chooses which access point

    is it possible to connect to AP by giving mac address of the access point?
    Do they have the same WEP/WPA key?

    EDIT: I think that wicd shows the mac address of all the access points, regardless they have the same SSID or not.

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    Maybe you should try reading the man pages.

    ap
    Force the card to register to the Access Point given by the address, if it is possible. This address is the cell identity of the Access Point, as reported by wireless scanning, which may be different from its network MAC address. If the wireless link is point to point, set the address of the other end of the link. If the link is ad-hoc, set the cell identity of the ad-hoc network.
    When the quality of the connection goes too low, the driver may revert back to automatic mode (the card selects the best Access Point in range).
    You may also use off to re-enable automatic mode without changing the current Access Point, or you may use any or auto to force the card to reassociate with the currently best Access Point.
    Example :
    iwconfig eth0 ap 00:60:1D:01:23:45
    iwconfig eth0 ap any
    iwconfig eth0 ap off

    iwconfig(8) - Linux man page

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    Quote Originally Posted by ammadeyy View Post
    i have 2 access point with same SSID, those 2 access points mac address is different
    ...

    if i use iwconfig wlan1 essid TEST
    i dont know how it chooses which access point
    ...
    You might also want to read up on how 802.11 works. BY DESIGN is supposed to roam between access points using the same SSID, and chooses the connection based on signal strength.
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