10 Easy Things To Do With a WLAN Pi

The WLAN Pi is a community project that has created and pulled together a number of networking tools in a single, small-form-factor Linux-based device. It contains many industry-standard tools such as iperf, includes open source networking toolsets such as Kismet and has a small number of home-grown utilities.

The tools available may accessed via a variety of methods. Services such as iperf are always available, as they are activated at boot time. Others are activated via the front panel menu system that is operated via the 3 buttons on the front panel of the unit. Others require a little more of a deep dive in to the world of Linux and are accessed via the command line of the WLAN Pi's OS.

This variety of tools is both a benefit and a curse to those trying to use the WLAN Pi for the first time. While the range of tools is very interesting, it can be overwhelming. For those less familiar with Linux, it can be difficult to access some of the CLI-based tools or configuration requirements. Coupled with the rough and ready nature of open source-type projects, this can be quite frustrating to the newcomer.

I thought it might be useful to put together an quick(ish) overview of the some of the eaiser-to-use features of the WLAN Pi. The video below runs through 10 features of the WLAN Pi that can help with various network tasks, but can be completed with no additional configuration of the WLAN Pi beyond its out-of-the-box defaults. Neither does it require access to the CLI of the WLAN Pi or any of that Linux nonsense.

I hope you'll enjoy following along with the brief demostrations in the video. Hopefully they'll be fun and interesting exercises for you to try out.


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