Linux - Wireless Access Point Utility (ap-utils)

Most Linux OS (Text Mode) are set only for server and router in our network, some of our admin purchasing Mirkotik wireless for doing wireless routing and Access point, because lack of knowledge of Linux and Wireless in Linux, we've never use Linux to do what like Mikrotik can do.


Lately I've found Wireless access point utility (ap-utils) wich is an open source software that can do many thing for Wireless. It's a set of utilites to configure and monitor Wireless Access Points under Unix using SNMP and tftp protocol. Utilites knownly compiles by GCC and IBM C compiler and run under Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, MacOS-X, AIX, QNX, OpenBSD.


This software including 7 utils in one package, there is:

  1. ap-config - to config and get stats from Atmel-MIB based APs and devices that support IEEE 802.11 MIB and NWN DOT11EXT MIB;
  2. ap-gl - to config and get stats from Atmel-MIB based APs with 1.4k.2 firmware;
  3. ap-tftp - command line utility to upgrade AP firmare over tftp;
  4. ap-auth - command line utility to work with mac auth;
  5. ap-mrtg - to get stat from AP and return it in MRTG parsable format;
  6. ap-rrd - to get stat from AP and save it into RRD database;
  7. ap-trapd - to receive, parse and log trap messages from AP.

Ap-utils support Atmel chipset based Access Points with ATMEL private MIB with enterprises ID 410 (ATMEL410), Access Points with newer ATMEL private MIB with enterprises ID 12350 (ATMEL12350) such as Netgear ME102 and Tellus A14, and No Wires Needed APs with IEEE 802.11 MIB and NWN DOT11EXT MIB (NWN).

For software download and more on information read here.

Links:
http://ap-utils.polesye.net/