This assumes you have
wpa_supplicant available, and it's associated package
Configuring your wifi with
wpa_cli is like playing a text adventure, but even more exciting.
The following exercise was performed with a Thinkpad with well-supported wireless hardware. There's a driver for the wifi chipset in the mainline kernel, and it doesn't use NDIS or anything exotic, so your results may vary.
First, check that your wifi adaptor is appearing:
You should see an interface called
wlan0 or similar.`