Created wireless network but can't join it



  • I had to reinstall my pfSense firewall due to an unfortunate firmware upgrade problem. I've got the firewall working except for the wireless network. The SSID shows up on the local network but both my Mac and my phone never succeed in joining it. I get to the password prompt. If I enter the wrong password I'm re-prompted for the password and if I enter the correct password my phone tries to connect and fails. My Macbook eventually returns a "!" telling me it couldn't connect.

    I can ping the WIFI network interface just fine.

    I've attached a bunch of screenshots of the relevant pages (WIFI, LAN, bridge, dashboard, and firewall rules).

    I'd appreciate help figuring out what setting I might have gotten wrong. I didn't set up the original network. I just inherited the box.

    Thanks in advance.











  • The last screenshot shows that DHCP is enabled on the LAN interface.  What about the WiFi interface?  DHCP should also be enabled for that; otherwise, any WiFi client like your Mac or phone won't get an IP address and will give up.



  • That was it. Thank you! I imagined it was some little setting that I missed.

    I should note that applying the change wasn't enough. I had to reboot the box.

    Thanks, again!


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Stopping and restarting the DHCPd service would have sufficed, most likely.



  • Great. Thank you.


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