Note only the subscribed "install version" of Webconverger can persistently keep your wireless configuration between reboots.
Example 0, essid 'home' with no security
wpa-ssid=home wpa-key-mgmt=NONE to your boot command
line should set your machine up for these wireless settings.
Example 1, hidden essid 'home', no/disabled security
wpa-ssid=home wpa-key-mgmt=NONE wpa-ap-scan=1 wpa-scan-ssid=1 will create the following configuration in /etc/network/interfaces.
iface wlan0 inet dhcp pre-up iptables-restore < /etc/iptables.conf wpa-driver wext wpa-ssid home wpa-key-mgmt NONE wpa-ap-scan 1 wpa-scan-ssid 1
WARNING: Hidden essids are trivially detected with tools like Wifi Analyzer. Setup your Access Point to use WPA please.
Example 2, broadcasting essid 'home', with WEP HEX key BBE54998315E7E1616B8462B45
wpa-ssid=home wpa-key-mgmt=NONE wpa-wep-key0=BBE54998315E7E1616B8462B45
WARNING: WEP is deprecated and insecure technology. Please use WPA instead.
Example 3, broadcasting essid 'home', with WPA key uiopzxcv
Example 4 "Spaces in the ESSID", broadcasting essid 'Hopstock Gjestenett', with WPA key uiopzxcv
Please avoid spaces in ESSIDs. In this case we workaround with a
Gjestenett'), to get the following boot recipe:
Wireless router (recommended)
A Linksys WRT54G in Wireless Client mode is a very good solution for wireless kiosk access. They are about 50USD and this dedicated hardware provides excellent Wireless access without the complication of often proprietary Wireless drivers for each client. The highly recommended Linksys WRT54G allows at least four machines to easily plug into the router.
Also the blog entry on this topic: Better Routing wanted