Intel Centrino Advanced N 6230

  • Hello,

    I attached the Intel Wireless card 6230 to minipc running pfsense 2.4.4.

    On SSH, I ran the command pciconf -lbcev. I don't see the wireless card.

    Also in Interfaces -> (assign) and click "+", I do not see the wireless interface there too.

    The wireless card wasn't picked up by pfsense 2.4.4.

    May I know what I should do next to resolve the issue?


  • From what I can tell, this card is supported by FreeBSD 11.2-RELEASE, so should in theory work with the latest version of pfSense:

    Is the iwn driver already being loaded? If not, you can load it as a module at boot time (instructions are in the link above).

    Hope this helps.

  • Netgate Administrator

    If it doesn't appear as a device in pciconf though it's never going to work. Seems like some lower level incompatibility or a broken card.


  • @tman222 Thanks for your response.
    You are right the iwn driver is not part of the kernel. When I make a search for iwn, I don' see any result.

    May I check what is the kernel file name and where I can find that.

    Thanks once again for you quick response.

  • Netgate Administrator

    You are looking wrong:

    [2.4.4-RELEASE][admin@5100.stevew.lan]/root: kldstat -v | grep iwn
    		172 pci/iwn
    		185 iwn6050fw_fw
    		184 iwn6000g2bfw_fw
    		183 iwn6000g2afw_fw
    		182 iwn6000fw_fw
    		181 iwn5150fw_fw
    		180 iwn5000fw_fw
    		179 iwn4965fw_fw
    		178 iwn2030fw_fw
    		177 iwn2000fw_fw
    		176 iwn135fw_fw
    		175 iwn105fw_fw
    		174 iwn100fw_fw
    		173 iwn1000fw_fw

    But even if there was no driver the card should still appear in the output of pciconf -lv. If it does not there is some low level issue like broken hardware or a bios bug.


  • @stephenw10 said in Intel Centrino Advanced N 6230:

    pciconf -lv

    Hi Stephen,

    output of pciconf -lv

    /root: kldstat -v | grep iwn
    167 pci/iwn
    180 iwn6050fw_fw
    179 iwn6000g2bfw_fw
    178 iwn6000g2afw_fw
    177 iwn6000fw_fw
    176 iwn5150fw_fw
    175 iwn5000fw_fw
    174 iwn4965fw_fw
    173 iwn2030fw_fw
    172 iwn2000fw_fw
    171 iwn135fw_fw
    170 iwn105fw_fw
    169 iwn100fw_fw
    168 iwn1000fw_fw

    however I can't find any wireless card in the device list when I run pciconf -lv


  • Netgate Administrator

    I assume you do see some things listed by pciconf though? On a standard x86 box I expect to see a large number of PCI devices.

    You need to check the card works at all in something else.

    Then test the slot with another card if you can.


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