Wirelss issues (use Wireless as WAN)



  • hi guys,

    I'm having the following problem.

    I'd like to use a ALIX board with 1 Wifi Atheros card and 2 ethernet ports.

    the idea is that the ALIX boards makes connection with our WiFi antennas and that users can connect to the ethernet ports with their devices.

    I dont seem to succeed to setup my Atheros card as the wan interface. I'm not able to make connection or get a DHCP address from our network.

    Does anyone of you have any experience with this?

    Any help would be welcome.



  • Yes i have this working here.

    Please post your setup here.



  • @GruensFroeschli:

    Yes i have this working here.

    Please post your setup here.

    What would you like to receive?



  • @Citymesh:

    I dont seem to succeed to setup my Atheros card as the wan interface. I'm not able to make connection or get a DHCP address from our network.

    Are you using encryption?

    The pfSense WAN interface is set to the correct wireless mode? (Infrastructure if its to communicate with an Access Point).

    To the shell prompt type  ```

    ifconfig ath0 list scan



  • @wallabybob:

    @Citymesh:

    I dont seem to succeed to setup my Atheros card as the wan interface. I'm not able to make connection or get a DHCP address from our network.

    Are you using encryption?
    -Yes WPA2 with AES PSK

    The pfSense WAN interface is set to the correct wireless mode? (Infrastructure if its to communicate with an Access Point).

    WAN (wan)                -> ath0_wlan1 -> NONE (DHCP)
      LAN (lan)                -> vr1        -> 192.168.3.244

    Yes i've added the ATH interface as WAN and setup it as infrastructure. But nothing is working.

    To the shell prompt type  ```

    ifconfig ath0 list scan

    
    ifconfig ath0 list scan
    ifconfig: unable to get scan results
    
    ifconfig ath0_wlan1 list scan
    blank


  • You have an aerial connected to the wireless card?

    You have independently verified with another system (e.g. laptop) that you have adequate wireless signal strength at the pfSense box?

    I was a little surprised to see your wireless interface is called ath0_wlan1. I'm running pfSense 2.0 BETA with a number of wireless NICs and all the interfaces are called xxxx_wlan0. Are you trying to have multiple virtual interfaces on ath0?



  • @wallabybob:

    You have an aerial connected to the wireless card?

    You have independently verified with another system (e.g. laptop) that you have adequate wireless signal strength at the pfSense box?

    I was a little surprised to see your wireless interface is called ath0_wlan1. I'm running pfSense 2.0 BETA with a number of wireless NICs and all the interfaces are called xxxx_wlan0. Are you trying to have multiple virtual interfaces on ath0?

    I found the issue. It seems that some Atheros chipsets are just not supported. I used other wifi cards and the work without any issue.

    Any idea on the ATH9K kernel development? Will it be completed soon?

    thanks :)



  • @Citymesh:

    I found the issue. It seems that some Atheros chipsets are just not supported. I used other wifi cards and the work without any issue.

    That the ath driver apparently recognised the chipset on the card and claimed ownership suggests that the driver is erroneously recognising a chipset it doesn't really know about OR the card is broken. In the interests of better understanding the problem it would be helpful if you could put the card back in the system, reboot, collect the output of the two shell commands:

    # dmesg
    # pciconf -l
    
    

    and post it here. Its possible there is something about your card (a different chipset revision for example) that requires a driver tweak.

    @Citymesh:

    Any idea on the ATH9K kernel development? Will it be completed soon?

    That question would probably be better asked in an appropriate FreeBSD forum.


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