Aironet 4800 PCI as AP



  • Had one sitting around, put it in a PFSense box, kernel seems to find it, interface seems to be up, configured in AP mode, never shows up on searches from client PC's. Here's what ifconfig shows:

    an0: flags=8843 <up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>mtu 1500
            inet6 fe80::240:96ff:fe33:b2f1%an0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x2
            inet 192.168.3.129 netmask 0xffffff80 broadcast 192.168.3.255
            ether 00:40:96:33:b2:f1
            media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect (DS/11Mbps)
            status: no carrier
            ssid  1:my.ssid.here channel 6
            stationname Aironet4500
            authmode SHARED privacy ON deftxkey 1 txpowmax 0 rtsthreshold 0
            mcastrate 0 fragthreshold 0 bmiss 0 roaming DEVICE

    Two things might be part of the problem:

    1. in the web interface, one of the required elements "Standard" is an empty dropdown.
    2. "status: no carrier"

    Any ideas?</up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>



  • Hey I have one of these laying around also.  I have been thinking about putting some other distro on this also.  Have you had any luck with your 4800.  Maybe you could let me know if anything works for you?



  • we read the capabilities of these cards to fill the dropdowns with values. I guess this card doesn't return and values or needs a different command to list them. However, none of the devs has such a card to test or make it work.



  • @hoba:

    we read the capabilities of these cards to fill the dropdowns with values. I guess this card doesn't return and values or needs a different command to list them. However, none of the devs has such a card to test or make it work.

    I'm wondering if that's behind it not working…  Is there some way I can force a value? Or some "show" I can run from the command line to dump as much info as possible for the devs to see? Here's the info from dmesg:

    an0: <aironet pci4800="">port 0xd480-0xd4ff,0xdf00-0xdf3f mem 0xfde00000-0xfde0007f irq 16 at device 6.0 on pci2
    an0: got RSSI <-> dBM map
    an0: supported rates: 1Mbps 2Mbps 5.5Mbps 11Mbps
    an0: Ethernet address: 00:40:96:33:b2:f1
    an0: [GIANT-LOCKED]

    ifconfig an0

    an0: flags=8843 <up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>mtu 1500
            inet6 fe80::240:96ff:fe33:b2f1%an0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x2
            inet 192.168.3.129 netmask 0xffffff80 broadcast 192.168.3.255
            ether 00:40:96:33:b2:f1
            media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect (DS/11Mbps)
            status: no carrier
            ssid  1:my.ssid.here channel 6
            stationname ""
            authmode SHARED privacy ON deftxkey 1 txpowmax 0 rtsthreshold 0
            mcastrate 0 fragthreshold 0 bmiss 0 roaming DEVICE

    other thing I noticed, "Channel" is also not changable from "auto"…</up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast></aironet>



  • Databeestje wrote the capabilities detection code for the wireless settings. Maybe he can get in contact with you to work on this (if you open your system for him to test). However, databeestje is a busy guy so it's completely up to him if he wants to dive into this or if he has some time.



  • Happy to open that door, if he'll contact me PM'd here.

    Love to see the card work.


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