Ubuntu: How to know the type of security of Wi-Fi connections

In Ubuntu Wi-Fi connections they are presented in a clear but incomplete way. The SSID of the connection and whether or not these are protected by password but, if so, it is not specified with what type of security they count. WEP, WPA, WPA2?

Not all users need – or want – to know the type of security that certain Wi-Fi uses, but for those who do there is an easy way to have this information.

The solution is called wicd, A tool that can be easily installed from the Universe repository:

sudo apt-get install wicd-gtk

Once the installation is done we will need to specify which users will have access to Wicd by adding them to the group netdev.


Once we have added our user we just have to launch Wicd through the Dash or our favorite menu.

The information presented by Wicd at a glance is much more complete than that of the network manager by default, showing not only the type of security of the connections but also things like the channel in which they are operating and other useful options.

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