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#1 2019-02-13 08:18:34 am

Registered: 2019-02-12
Posts: 1

Creating a Network

Hi all,

I have a script for creating an ad-hoc network which works (High Sierra), but I'd greatly prefer to have a simpler terminal command, as I know that in Linux, for instance, can be as easy as this:

iwconfig wlan0 mode Ad-hoc
iwconfig wlan0 essid MyWifi

osX does not have iwconfig, and I'm struggling to have an equivalent to that.
Any ideas on how to simplify the process?
Below my actual working code:

on CreateNetwork() ---NEW-M needs to be enabled from Pref>Security and Privacy etc.
    set CreateMenuName to "Create Network…"
    set NetworkName to "MyAdHocNetwork"
    writeReport for "| | | CREATING AD-HOC NETWORK..." given timeStamp:"nothing"
    tell application "System Events"
        tell process "SystemUIServer"
            tell menu bar 1
                set menu_extras to value of attribute "AXDescription" of menu bar items
                repeat with the_menu from 1 to the count of menu_extras
                    if item the_menu of menu_extras contains "Wi-Fi" then exit repeat
                end repeat
                tell menu bar item the_menu
                    perform action "AXPress"
                    delay 0.2
                    perform action "AXPress" of menu item CreateMenuName of menu 1
                end tell
            end tell
            repeat until exists window 1
                delay 0.2
            end repeat
            tell window 1
                set value of text field 1 to NetworkName
                delay 0.2
                click pop up button 1
                delay 0.2
                click menu item 11 of menu 1 of pop up button 1
                delay 0.2
                click button 1
            end tell
        end tell
    end tell
end CreateNetwork


Filed under: Ad-Hoc



#2 2019-02-13 01:07:35 pm

From:: UK
Registered: 2018-11-04
Posts: 55

Re: Creating a Network

I'm not sure of the equivalent shell command in macOS off the top of my head, but I wonder if this AppleScript might help instead:


use framework "Foundation"
use framework "CoreWLAN"

property this : a reference to current application
property CWWiFiClient : a reference to CWWiFiClient of this
property NSString : a reference to NSString of this

property NSUTF8StringEncoding : a reference to 4
property kCWIBSSModeSecurityWEP104 : a reference to 2

property channels : {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 36, 40, 44, 48}

property SSID : "My Network Name"
property pw : "mypassword"
property channel : missing value -- set to a specific channel (optional)

on run settings -- {SSID:⟨string⟩, password:⟨string⟩, channel:⟨integer⟩}
       -- Determines whether the run handler was passed any parameters
       if class of settings = script or settings = {} then set ¬
               settings to {SSID:SSID, password:pw, channel:channel}
       -- Obtain settings for network or use defaults
       set [SSID, pw, channel] to [SSID, password, channel] of settings
       set ch to channel
       if ch is not in channels then set ch to some item of channels
       -- Create the ad-hoc network and establish a connection
       set defaultInterface to CWWiFiClient's sharedWiFiClient()'s interface()
       defaultInterface's startIBSSModeWithSSID:((NSString's ¬
               stringWithString:SSID)'s ¬
               dataUsingEncoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding) ¬
               security:kCWIBSSModeSecurityWEP104 channel:ch password:pw ¬
       set [success, E] to the result
       if E ≠ missing value then return E's localizedDescription() as text
end run

AppleScript: 2.7
Browser: Safari 605.1.15
Operating System: macOS 10.13

Last edited by CK (2019-02-13 01:29:36 pm)



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