In cases that require dual or multiple band support, we strongly recommend an external AP. To address your problem, it seems to me that you’re attempting to configure the wrong device. Last edited by cynwulf; 18th February at 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. 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. Most pfSense developers work with Atheros hardware, so it tends to be the most recommended hardware.

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Several Intel adapters have a license restriction with a warning that appears in the boot log. The cards in treebsd section are not capable of acting as access points, but may be used as clients in station mode, for example as a wireless WAN. These are different driver names for different devices.

In particular, some Intel cards can be used in infrastructure mode as clients but cannot run in access point mode due to limitations of the hardware itself.

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While one revision of a particular model may be compatible and work well, another card of the same model may be incompatible. Find all freebs by bsd-keith. Given the limited use of these adapters as clients only, a GUI-based solution to acknowledge these licenses has not yet been created.


Using two separate cards in one unit is not desirable as their radios may interfere. Currently this information is held on a public Google Docs spreadsheet linked from the documentation wiki article on wireless support. Keith Open Source Software user. Last edited by ramib; 18th February at Most Atheros cards support four virtual access points VAPs or stations or a combination to create a wireless repeater.

Last edited by cynwulf; 18th February at The “device” line is for kernel config. Steve Wills 1, 6 9. If a card is already on hand, it is worth trying to see if it is compatible.

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If you never tried working with this specific device its not a shame not to comment on freesbd member questions. Email Required, but never shown.

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The 4 refers to the kernel interfaces section of the man page collection, in this case specifying a network driver. Some example would be nice were these terms are used.

We have tested cards using those chipsets and they work well. Freebad don’t think complaining about the FreeBSD forum here is going to solve your issue.


If this will not be the the right driver: Sign up using Facebook. For this reason, we recommend avoiding cards from the major manufacturers. Most pfSense developers work with Atheros hardware, so it tends to be the most recommended hardware.

Find all posts by cynwulf. The right way to understand it is to run tcpdump and see why I get no carrier. So I find that hard to believe. I thought perhaps it had something to do with wireless standards, like For more detailed information on cards supported, and the most up to date information, refer to the pfSense wiki.

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In cases that iwh dual or multiple band support, we strongly recommend an external AP. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

This information was derived from the FreeBSD man pages for the drivers in question.