Qotom Q355G4 Atheros wireless card
I am using the Qotom Q355G4 very successfully with pfsense. It has a wifi card using an Atheros AR9382 chip. From the datasheet for that, 2.4 and 5 Ghz are both supported.
Does FreeBSD support the 5Ghz mode? It's working fine for 2.4, but I am not able to see any way to make it utilise 5Ghz. I tried the 802.11 settings but it makes no difference.
If you can't find the wifi card in hardware compatibility list it won't be supported.
FreeBSD generally doesn't support 802.11ac mode well.
The card works fine, for 2.4GHz. Many people use the Qotom hardware I understand. Perhaps FreeBSD simply does not do the 5Ghz range for the chip.
Me too. However, as I bought mine, the vendor pointed out, that the wifi card is not supported by pfSense (pfSense was pre-installed). So I took the set without wifi and connected an AP to it, which is the recommended way to manage wifi on pfSense.
If you want to use your built-in card necessarily, you may install Linux on the box and run pfSense virtualized.
I'm happy with the onboard 2.4. All fine. Thanks for your helpful replies.
That is not an 802.11ac card. I would have expected it to be supported and to run in either mode if it is.
What do you see listed as it's capabilities from ifconfig?
[2.4.5-RELEASE][firstname.lastname@example.org]/root: ifconfig ath0_wlan0 list chan Channel 1 : 2412 MHz 11g ht Channel 11 : 2462 MHz 11g ht Channel 2 : 2417 MHz 11g ht Channel 36 : 5180 MHz 11a ht Channel 3 : 2422 MHz 11g ht Channel 40 : 5200 MHz 11a ht Channel 4 : 2427 MHz 11g ht Channel 44 : 5220 MHz 11a ht Channel 5 : 2432 MHz 11g ht Channel 48 : 5240 MHz 11a ht Channel 6 : 2437 MHz 11g ht Channel 149 : 5745 MHz 11a ht Channel 7 : 2442 MHz 11g ht Channel 153 : 5765 MHz 11a ht Channel 8 : 2447 MHz 11g ht Channel 157 : 5785 MHz 11a ht Channel 9 : 2452 MHz 11g ht Channel 161 : 5805 MHz 11a ht Channel 10 : 2457 MHz 11g ht Channel 165 : 5825* MHz 11a
Thanks so much for replying. My initial poor understanding was that the Atheros chip in the Qotom was an AR9382, which information I got from the Aliexpress website, but of course I should have realised that while great on price and shipping and products, technical details from vendors there are very often wrong or missing.
Using dmesg I find that it is actually an Atheros AR9285. From the Atheros datasheet:
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
Network Standard 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
And ifconfig confirms:
[2.4.5-RELEASE][email@example.com]/root: ifconfig ath0_wlan0 list channels Channel 1 : 2412 MHz 11g ht Channel 7 : 2442 MHz 11g ht Channel 2 : 2417 MHz 11g ht Channel 8 : 2447 MHz 11g ht Channel 3 : 2422 MHz 11g ht Channel 9 : 2452 MHz 11g ht Channel 4 : 2427 MHz 11g ht Channel 10 : 2457 MHz 11g ht Channel 5 : 2432 MHz 11g ht Channel 11 : 2462 MHz 11g ht Channel 6 : 2437 MHz 11g ht
[I am so ignorant I never knew ifconfig could list the channels. I ought to read the manpages more carefully!]
So the puzzle is resolved, and thank you.
The next question is, does anybody know if there are appropriate 5Ghz cards for the Qotom Q355G4? It's just standard PCIe is it not?