The cards in this section support acting as an access point to accept connections from other wireless clients. I think and I believe doesn’t help here If you care please read slowly from the beginning of this thread and try to understand what is the issue here. Oh, I think the i is for intel and w is for wireless, after that I think it’s somewhat arbitrary. The drivers are listed in order of frequency of use with pfSense, based on reports from users. Some have better support than others.

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On my travels, researching whether I might need to install an available driver or some such thing, I’ve come across some terms which I presume are acronyms:. Could you use the word in a sentence? Linksys, D-Link, Netgear and other major manufacturers commonly change the chipset used in frdebsd wireless cards without changing the model number.

Some have better support than others.

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As in other similar cases, though the chips supported by urtwn 4 and rsu 4 are capable of Last edited by ramib; 18th February at This is referred to as hostap mode. Many have success with other cards as well, and Ralink is another popular choice. If there’s “no point”, then just use OpenBSD, but don’t blame FreeBSD, it’s forums or it’s users for your own errors and apparent inability to read basic documentation.


Sorry to disappoint you but it appears that you are not really a FreeBSD user, You can understand much just from the ifconfig command output what was loaded and not loaded. The RT ral 4 chip is the only model listed as capable of The drivers are listed in order of frequency of use with pfSense, based on reports from users.

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Steve Wills 1, 6 9. Originally Posted by ramib Some of the post is missing but this is the right driver. Most Atheros cards support four virtual access points VAPs or stations or a combination to create a wireless repeater. Raphael Ahrens 6, 5 28 If it doesn’t you freebs want to trying using ifconfig with the wlan0 interface rather than iwn0 to troubleshoot it The cards in this section are not capable of acting as access points, but may be used as clients in station mode, for example as a wireless WAN.

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These may work using the The 4 refers to the kernel interfaces section of the man page collection, in this case specifying a network driver. Currently there are inw cards supported and working in FreeBSD that will operate in both bands concurrently. So I find that hard to believe.


These are different driver names for different devices. We have a spreadsheet online with more complete details of hardware support, including more chipsets and example device models that are supported by certain drivers. Frrebsd “device” line is for kernel config.

Using two separate cards in one unit is not desirable as their radios may interfere. To address your problem, it seems to me that you’re attempting to configure the wrong device.

There are tons of Atheros cards and for the iwm part, dirt cheap. Oh, I think the i is for intel and w is for ffeebsd, after that I think it’s somewhat arbitrary. This section lists the wireless drivers included in pfSense and the chipsets that are supported by those drivers. Sign up using Email and Password. Several Intel adapters have a license restriction with a warning that appears in the boot log. Last edited by cynwulf; 18th February at Email Required, but never shown.

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