Adjusting the AP Network

The Omega’s AP Network settings, such as the SSID, the password and more, can be modified through the command-line by using the uci command.

The abbreiviation uci stands for Unified Configuration Interface. This utility has been developed by OpenWRT in order to centralize and allow easy command-line access to the configuration files on your device.

The following command will show you the wireless configuration settings, and each of the option names:

uci show wireless

To change the AP Network settings we will change any of these three options:


By editing the values in this section you can modify your Omega’s AP network settings.

Option What it changes
SSID The Omega’s AP network name
Encryption The Encryption type of the AP network
Key The password of the AP network

The syntax for editing one of these options is as follows:

uci set wireless.@wifi-iface[0].<OPTION NAME>=<VALUE>

Here’s what editing the SSID of my Omega’s AP network would look like:

uci set wireless.@wifi-iface[0].ssid=MyCoolOmega

Now that we’ve modified the setting, we need to save the changes using the following command:

uci commit wireless

We’ll need to restart the wireless adapter in order to apply the saved changes:

/etc/init.d/wireless restart

Alternative Method 1: Editing the Configuration File to Adjust the AP Network

You can also adjust the AP network through the command-line by directly editing the wireless configuration file located in /etc/config/. To view the contents of this file enter the following command:

cat /etc/config/wireless

and you’ll see something similar to the following as output:

config wifi-device 'ra0'
        option type 'ralink'
        option mode '9'
        option channel 'auto'
        option txpower '100'
        option ht '20'
        option country 'US'
        option disabled '0'

config wifi-iface
        option device 'ra0'
        option network 'wlan'
        option mode 'ap'
        option encryption 'psk2'
        option key '12345678'
        option ssid 'Omega-2757'
        option ApCliAuthMode 'WPA2PSK'
        option ApCliEncrypType 'AES'
        option ApAuthMode 'WPA2PSK'
        option ApCliEnable '1'
        option ApCliSsid 'OnionWiFi'
        option ApCliPassWord 'ultrasecretsecurepassword'

config wifi-config
        option ssid 'OnionWiFi'
        option encryption 'WPA2PSK'
        option key 'ultrasecretsecurepassword'

The block of code that handles the AP Network settings is located in this section:

config wifi-iface
        option device 'ra0'
        option network 'wlan'
        option mode 'ap'
        option encryption 'psk2'
        option key '12345678'
        option ssid 'Omega-2757'

The file can be edited using the vi command:

vi /etc/config/wireless

Once you’re happy with your changes, save and exit the file, and run the following command to restart the wireless adapter and apply the changes:

/etc/init.d/wireless restart

Alternative Method 2: Using wifisetup

You can use wifisetup to edit the AP network by running the command with the -ap flag, and the edit option. Here is the syntax for that:

wifisetup -ap edit -ssid <ssid> -encr <encryption type> -password <password>

If I wanted to change my AP network SSID to MyOmega and the password to superimpossibleparkranger then the following command would do just that:

wifisetup -ap edit -ssid MyOmega -password superimpossibleparkranger