wpa_supplicant Alternatives

    wpa_supplicant is described as 'is designed to be a "daemon" program that runs in the background and acts as the backend component controlling the wireless connection'. There are seven alternatives to wpa_supplicant for Linux and Xfce. The best alternative is wicd, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like wpa_supplicant are NetworkManager (Free, Open Source), Ethtool (Free, Open Source), ceni (Free, Open Source) and iw (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 24, 2015

    1. Wicd is an open source wired and wireless network manager for Linux which aims to provide a simple interface to connect to networks with a wide variety of settings.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      NetworkManager is a set of co-operative tools that make networking simple and straightforward.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      ethtool - utility for controlling network drivers and hardware
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Xfce
      Network manager used by Linux distributions Sidux and Aptosid, but can be installed on debian based distributions, and compiled from source on just about any.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      iw is a new nl80211 based CLI configuration utility for wireless devices. It supports almost all new drivers that have been added to the kernel recently. It allows you to configure and show information about wireless networking.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      rfkill is a small tool to query the state of the rfkill switches, buttons and subsystem interfaces.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      VSNM - Very Simple Network Manager
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