PFsense and Intel Wifi 6 (AX200 and AX201)

  • Hello,

    I would like to know if the new intel wifi adapter 6 (AX200 and AX201) was compatible with PFsense?

    Thank you in advance

    kind regards

  • LAYER 8

    no, there is no support for 802.11ax on freebsd
    they are actually still working on 802.11ac
    maybe in the next 10 years

  • @Xeno

    You're better off going with a proper AP. Then you can mount it where it performs best, rather than having it wherever the computer is.

  • Hello All,

    I am in a similar situation which is to see how to move to ax also because I have an old router for ac which I don't use for anything else than wifi to ethernet :).

    Therefore I was looking to see as my Pfsense is virtualized (Proxmox) if I could launch another VM just to do the AP work job and get rid of an external box. Of course I should expect a worth covering but I have external wifi antennas wired already.

    Any idea of a SW or distri (like OpenWRT) that would do a good job? Any limitations other than the potential coverage between a physical AP and a virtualized AP.

    For me everything within the same Proxmox should also be faster between the VMs and avoid traffic to my upper switch.

    Thanks for your insights

  • @XabiX said in PFsense and Intel Wifi 6 (AX200 and AX201):

    how to move to ax

    You'll be needing an "ax" based PCI NIC that supports AP mode - and an OS that support this NIC and mode.

    Something like OpenWRT needs .... OpenWRT supported hardware which means : a 'box'.

  • Thanks so i will need an extra box and can't think of getting a virtualized solution which would be more flexible and cheaper as you change the radio without changing the hw and existing config.

  • Netgate Administrator

    You might be able to configure the wifi card in the hypervisor and then pass it through to pfSense as Ethernet. I've never tried that but I've seen people do it with other connection types.


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