Minimum hardware?



  • I have an old laptop (Sony PII 500Mhz, 192MB RAM) with Proxim 8470 card. I installed PF 1.0.1 on the HD and it's working fine. When I configure the WAN i/f as an AP with WPA2/AES I can connect to it from my XP laptop but it drops the connection after 20 seconds and doesn't broadcast the SSID again for approx 2 minutes. I also tried iit from my phone and get the same result. Should this work OK on the hardware?



  • It should, however I don't know your wireless card. Anything obvious at status>systemlogs? Maybe you should first verify that the card works without using any kind of encryption.



  • The card is

    Card Name: Proxim Orinoco [WWW] 8470-WD
    Interface type(s): PCMCIA
    Power: 85 mW EIRP (b), 60 mW EIRP (g)
    Chipset: Atheros AR5212 (b/g)

    I have a few of them working fine on both PF and XP and they work fine with aireplay, kismet, etc. I just have the problem when in AP/WPA2/AES mode. I saw some other posts mention an Atheros bug, could that be the problem?

    The client connects to the AP for a few seconds then starts searching for it again, the system log on PF reports

    Nov 7 22:23:12 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deassociated
    Nov 7 22:23:10 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: associated
    Nov 7 22:22:59 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deassociated
    Nov 7 22:22:58 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: associated
    Nov 7 22:22:58 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deassociated
    Nov 7 22:22:58 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deauthenticated due to local deauth request
    Nov 7 22:22:55 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: associated
    Nov 7 22:22:55 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deassociated
    Nov 7 22:22:55 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deauthenticated due to local deauth request
    Nov 7 22:22:52 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: associated
    Nov 7 22:22:52 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deassociated
    Nov 7 22:22:52 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deauthenticated due to local deauth request
    Nov 7 22:22:49 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: associated
    Nov 7 22:22:17 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deassociated
    Nov 7 22:22:16 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: associated
    Nov 7 22:22:16 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deassociated
    Nov 7 22:22:16 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deauthenticated due to local deauth request
    Nov 7 22:22:13 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: associated
    Nov 7 22:22:13 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deassociated
    Nov 7 22:22:13 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deauthenticated due to local deauth request
    Nov 7 22:22:10 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: associated
    Nov 7 22:22:10 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deassociated
    Nov 7 22:22:10 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: deauthenticated due to local deauth request
    Nov 7 22:22:07 hostapd: ath0: STA 00:09:2d:2b:c2:11 IEEE 802.11: associated



  • Maybe your card doesn't support WPA2 under freebsd. We don't detect the capabilities of the card concerning wpa2 afaik. You'll find a config script (generated from your gui settings) for the wireless card in your /tmp folder. Try to ssh in to your system and run the script manually. Does it reject some of the options that the script tries to set?


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