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  • I successfully installed pfsense on an apu2c4 from pcengines. Everything seems to be working fine. Now I would like to set up wifi. I don't have a wifi card installed in the apu2c4 board.  My cable modem is a wireless router that can be configured in to run in router mode or bridge mode. Is there a way to use the cable modem as the wifi and the apu2 with pfsense as the firewall? Or do I need a third device configured in AP mode, and the cable modem in bridge mode, while the APU2 is in the middle?

    Thank-you for your help


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    It is unlikely you'd be able to do anything with the wireless in the modem and still have the wireless clients behind the pfSense firewall.

    You will be best off with an additional external Access Point device that you plug into your LAN, such as a Ubiquity UAP or one of their newer AC models for example.



  • @jimp:

    It is unlikely you'd be able to do anything with the wireless in the modem and still have the wireless clients behind the pfSense firewall.

    You will be best off with an additional external Access Point device that you plug into your LAN, such as a Ubiquity UAP or one of their newer AC models for example.

    Thank-you for your prompt response. I decided to go ahead and install a wle200nx atheros mini pci wireless module onto the apu2c4 motherboard. Is there a guide that will show me precisely how to configure it so I can get my wireless working? I have not been able to find a guide that will help me.

    Currently there are two Ethernet interfaces configured. WAN and LAN. I know I can go to interfaces and assign ath0, enable it, and configure it, which I already have done, but apparently something is wrong, or missing. That's why I am looking for more help.

    If LAN connection already has firewall rules, and the LAN and WIFI are bridged, do I need seperate firewall rules for the WIFI interface??  To be clear, I can connect to WIFI, as can be seen in the dhcp leases, but I just don't have any internet via wifi. I also noticed that the bridge I created between the LAN and WIFI interfaces is showing as learning as can be seen below.

    UPDATE: here is what is listed under status-> interface

    WAN Interface (wan, igb0)
    Status
    up
    DHCP
    up Release    Relinquish Lease
    MAC Address
    00:0d:b9:41:63:04
    IPv4 Address
    192.168.0.50
    Subnet mask IPv4
    255.255.255.0
    Gateway IPv4
    192.168.0.1
    IPv6 Link Local
    fe80::20d:b9ff:fe41:6304%igb0
    DNS servers
    127.0.0.1
    200.42.4.199
    200.49.130.52
    MTU
    1500
    Media
    1000baseT <full-duplex>In/out packets
    190468/156450 (147.01 MiB/11.75 MiB)
    In/out packets (pass)
    190468/156450 (147.01 MiB/11.75 MiB)
    In/out packets (block)
    253/7 (12 KiB/3 KiB)
    In/out errors
    0/0
    Collisions
    0

    –--------------------------

    LAN Interface (lan, igb1)
    Status
    up
    MAC Address
    00:0d:b9:41:63:05
    IPv4 Address
    192.168.1.1
    Subnet mask IPv4
    255.255.255.0
    IPv6 Link Local
    fe80::1:1%igb1
    MTU
    1500
    Media
    1000baseT <full-duplex>In/out packets
    131800/168972 (11.27 MiB/146.62 MiB)
    In/out packets (pass)
    131800/168972 (11.27 MiB/146.62 MiB)
    In/out packets (block)
    43/0 (3 KiB/0 B)
    In/out errors
    0/0
    Collisions
    0
    Bridge (bridge0)
    learning


    OPT1 Interface (opt1, igb2)
    Status
    down
    MAC Address
    00:0d:b9:41:63:06


    WIFI Interface (opt2, ath0)
    Status
    up
    MAC Address
    0e:f0:21:1b:b1:d0
    IPv6 Link Local
    fe80::cf0:21ff:fe1b:b1d0%ath0_wlan0
    MTU
    1500
    Media
    autoselect mode 11ng <hostap>Channel
    2
    SSID
    The SearchNet
    In/out packets
    48/8 (3 KiB/1 KiB)
    In/out packets (pass)
    48/8 (3 KiB/1 KiB)
    In/out packets (block)
    192/0 (45 KiB/0 B)
    In/out errors
    2/46
    Collisions
    0
    Bridge (bridge0)
    learning


    the wifi interface has several input/output errors

    Any help would be highly appreciated.</hostap></full-duplex></full-duplex>



  • getting the below error in the system logs: I found a similar thread in this forum with the same issue, but their was no resolve?

    ath0: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 4)


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    "I decided to go ahead and install a wle200nx atheros mini pci wireless module onto the apu2c4 motherboard."

    Bad choice - get yourself a real AP, or just use some old wifi router as one, which could be picked up for like 20$ Cheaper or the same cost as your wle200nx with WAY fewer problems!


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