Connect to a hidden WIFI network with Linux Debian from the command line

For some reason, putting a hidden WIFI network in /etc/network/interfaces doesn't work -- at least not if you do it the same way you do visible networks, perhaps.

However, you can do it without if-up and /etc/network/interfaces and get it working.

For example, with a WPA2 network, you can initially connect to a network via:

iwconfig wlan0 essid YOUR_HIDDEN_NETWORK key s:YOUR_PASSWORD

I encountered the below error, although it seems you can just ignore it.

Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
    SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.

From this point, iwconfig should show you're connected to the ESSID, at least. Then run this to setup DHCP:

dhclient wlan0

And again, an error appears,RTNETLINK answers: File exists, which I found I can ignore, as it seems to be saying you're overwriting your previous DHCP settings.

If you run, iwconfig you should see an ESSID and Access-Point etc and ifconfig should show you your IP.

And you should--hopefully--now be connected to the internet.


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