Atheros wireless card not broadcasting SSID



  • Hello everyone,

    I run pfsense 2.4.4-p2 on an XG-7100-1U. I added a Dlink DWA556 PCI-e card inside which uses an AR5418.
    The card is detected correctly in pfSense, I could configure it in AP mode but I do not see the SSID that should be broadcasted.
    I'v tried with or without encryption, using different 802.11 mode (g,n, mixed etc...), the SSID never pops up.

    Note that although, scanning the neighborhood for other AP works as pfSense lists them.

    See below the current interface config:

    ath0_wlan0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 1500
    	ether 6c:19:8f:ac:6a:18
    	hwaddr 6c:19:8f:ac:6a:18
    	inet 192.168.14.1 netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast 192.168.14.255 
    	inet6 IPV6:6e19:8fff:feac:6a18 prefixlen 64 
    	inet6 fe80::1:1%ath0_wlan0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x13 
    	nd6 options=21<PERFORMNUD,AUTO_LINKLOCAL>
    	media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11ng <hostap>
    	status: running
    	ssid WiFi-2.4-R2D2-Guest channel 6 (2437 MHz 11g ht/40+) bssid 6c:19:8f:ac:6a:18
    	regdomain ETSI country BE outdoor ecm authmode OPEN -wps -tsn
    	privacy OFF deftxkey UNDEF powersavemode OFF powersavesleep 100
    	txpower 30 txpowmax 50.0 -dotd rtsthreshold 2346 fragthreshold 2346
    	bmiss 7
    	11a     ucast NONE    mgmt  6 Mb/s mcast  6 Mb/s maxretry 6
    	11b     ucast NONE    mgmt  1 Mb/s mcast  1 Mb/s maxretry 6
    	11g     ucast NONE    mgmt  1 Mb/s mcast  1 Mb/s maxretry 6
    	turboA  ucast NONE    mgmt  6 Mb/s mcast  6 Mb/s maxretry 6
    	turboG  ucast NONE    mgmt  1 Mb/s mcast  1 Mb/s maxretry 6
    	sturbo  ucast NONE    mgmt  6 Mb/s mcast  6 Mb/s maxretry 6
    	11na    ucast NONE    mgmt 12 MCS  mcast 12 MCS  maxretry 6
    	11ng    ucast NONE    mgmt  2 MCS  mcast  2 MCS  maxretry 6
    	half    ucast NONE    mgmt  3 Mb/s mcast  3 Mb/s maxretry 6
    	quarter ucast NONE    mgmt  1 Mb/s mcast  1 Mb/s maxretry 6
    	scanvalid 60 -bgscan bgscanintvl 300 bgscanidle 250
    	roam:11a     rssi    7dBm rate 12 Mb/s
    	roam:11b     rssi    7dBm rate  1 Mb/s
    	roam:11g     rssi    7dBm rate  5 Mb/s
    	roam:turboA  rssi    7dBm rate 12 Mb/s
    	roam:turboG  rssi    7dBm rate 12 Mb/s
    	roam:sturbo  rssi    7dBm rate 12 Mb/s
    	roam:11na    rssi    7dBm  MCS  1    
    	roam:11ng    rssi    7dBm  MCS  1    
    	roam:half    rssi    7dBm rate  6 Mb/s
    	roam:quarter rssi    7dBm rate  3 Mb/s
    	pureg protmode OFF ht htcompat ampdu ampdulimit 64k ampdudensity 8
    	amsdu shortgi htprotmode RTSCTS puren -smps -rifs -stbc wme burst
    	-dwds -hidessid -apbridge dtimperiod 1 doth -dfs inact bintval 100
    	AC_BE cwmin  4 cwmax  6 aifs  3 txopLimit   0 -acm ack
    	      cwmin  4 cwmax 10 aifs  3 txopLimit   0 -acm
    	AC_BK cwmin  4 cwmax 10 aifs  7 txopLimit   0 -acm ack
    	      cwmin  4 cwmax 10 aifs  7 txopLimit   0 -acm
    	AC_VI cwmin  3 cwmax  4 aifs  1 txopLimit  94 -acm ack
    	      cwmin  3 cwmax  4 aifs  2 txopLimit  94 -acm
    	AC_VO cwmin  2 cwmax  3 aifs  1 txopLimit  47 -acm ack
    	      cwmin  2 cwmax  3 aifs  2 txopLimit  47 -acm
    	groups: wlan
    

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    @henry-nicolas said in Atheros wireless card not broadcasting SSID:

    WiFi-2.4-R2D2-Guest

    You mean that SSID?

    Is this correct for you location
    regdomain ETSI country BE

    I never understand why anyone would want to use some shit card for their AP, especially with a os (freebsd) that very lacking wifi support..

    Your money would of been better spent on just getting some old wifi router to use as AP, or an actual real AP.



  • Yes, that's the SSID that I was referring to.

    For the location, country code is correct (BElgium, which is in Europe), ETSI I don't know, that option is set to default.


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    That is EU code for regdomain.

    So what does the gui show for the interface under the wireless section?



  • see hereunder the screenshots

    Capture d’écran du 2019-05-18 22-34-28.png

    Capture d’écran du 2019-05-18 22-35-44.png


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    So did you try change regdomain from other than default?



  • No, I didn't. There are 3 ETSI options, should I try each of these?

    FCC I believe that's for the US and the rest is APAC/Korea/ROW/JAPAN so I guess not of any use in my case.


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    @henry-nicolas said in Atheros wireless card not broadcasting SSID:

    There are 3 ETSI options

    Huh? 3 of them ? BE is ETSI that is for sure..



  • Yes, there are three different ETSI, see below screenshot:

    Capture d’écran du 2019-05-19 19-02-12.png


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    that is new to me - but sure couldn't hurt could it ;)



  • Ok I just tried all possible ETSI combination and gave up, I bought a separate Ubiquiti access point and will put OpenWRT on it.

    Thanks for providing some feedback anyway :)


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    @henry-nicolas said in Atheros wireless card not broadcasting SSID:

    I bought a separate Ubiquiti access point and will put OpenWRT on it.

    Ok - seems unnecessary if you ask me... Their firmware works..


  • Netgate Administrator

    @henry-nicolas said in Atheros wireless card not broadcasting SSID:

    WiFi-2.4-R2D2-Guest

    Mmm, I would try an SSID that is much more basic if you ever re-visit that. I'm not aware of any issue with SSIDs like that but I've also never tried to use one.
    No errors in the logs, wireless or system, when you apply that config?

    Steve


  • Netgate Administrator

    Hmm, though my card here works fine with all the settings you had. Maybe a firmware issue?

    Steve



  • well if anyone is wondering
    etsi 2 -> <!-- ETSI w/o HT40 in 5GHz -->
    etsi 3 -> <!-- ETSI minus channel 36 -->
    there are probably some place in eu where u can't use HT40 or channel 36
    in any case they are commented inside /etc/regdomain.xml

    idk but i think you need to enable WPA to use 802.11n and i never used the "outdoor" settings. You probably had the interface up but hostapd is not starting for some misconfiguration, the SSID should not be a problem couse i have something very similar and i don't have any problem with it


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