Automatically connect device to WiFi via Ethernet?

Nicholas Leippe nick at
Wed Feb 11 16:14:12 MST 2015

DHCP lets you send custom data. As long as you control the dhcp server
you can send anything you want with it--just make sure you are only
sending passwords over your wired network. Combine that with a little
dhcp-hook-script and network-script glue and you should be set.

On Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 1:20 PM, AJ ONeal (Home) <coolaj86 at> wrote:
> I'm working on a home cloud and the goal is a zero-config box that Just
> Works (TM).
> I know that some of the users won't have physical access to a ethernet port
> at a convenient location, so I'd like to make it possible for them to
> simply plug the box into their router, wait for a green light, and then
> move it over next to their TV.
> Is anyone aware of some sort of UPnP or PMP spec that would allow me to
> retrieve the WiFi password if I'm wired in?
> The current workaround is that they plug it into their router, access the
> activation site on their phone, and type the friendly-id (i.e. happy hippo
> 881) on the bottom of the box, and then enter in their username and
> password, but I feel like that's too many steps for lazy people.
> AJ ONeal
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