Some help picking a Atheros PCI-E for my build (pfsense 2.0)



  • Hi.

    So, i have decided to build my own router for use with pfsense  :)

    After doing some research here on the forums and the web, i have decided on;

    http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/ATOM/ICH9/X7SPA-HF-D525.cfm
    http://www.mini-box.com/M350-enclosure-with-picoPSU-80-and-60W-adapter

    But what i still have to find is a Atheros PCI-E (maybe USB?) chip that will support Multi Hostap, ad-hock and station and the likes. I want it all  ;)

    So, any suggestions?

    Thanks  :)



  • The FreeBSD man page for the driver for the Atheros USB WLAN chips doesn't list AP mode as supported. See http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=uath&apropos=0&sektion=0&manpath=FreeBSD+8.2-RELEASE&arch=default&format=html

    The cheapest Atheros PCIe card I know of is the TP-Link TL-WN781N which is a 802.11n card. 802.11n is not yet supported in FreeBSD but some pfSense users have reported that they have had Atheros 802.11n cards working with pfSense 2.0 builds but without 802.11n features. This card is available from retail outlets near me for less than the local equivalent of US$20. At the price its probably worth trying. The FreeBSD man page for ath, the driver for some Atheros chipsets indicates the multiple hostap feature is not available on all supported chipsets. I've been a satisfied user of an Atheros based PCI WLAN card for a few years. I have no experience of the TL-WN781N which I have suggested.



  • @wallabybob:

    The FreeBSD man page for the driver for the Atheros USB WLAN chips doesn't list AP mode as supported. See http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=uath&apropos=0&sektion=0&manpath=FreeBSD+8.2-RELEASE&arch=default&format=html

    The cheapest Atheros PCIe card I know of is the TP-Link TL-WN781N which is a 802.11n card. 802.11n is not yet supported in FreeBSD but some pfSense users have reported that they have had Atheros 802.11n cards working with pfSense 2.0 builds but without 802.11n features. This card is available from retail outlets near me for less than the local equivalent of US$20. At the price its probably worth trying. The FreeBSD man page for ath, the driver for some Atheros chipsets indicates the multiple hostap feature is not available on all supported chipsets. I've been a satisfied user of an Atheros based PCI WLAN card for a few years. I have no experience of the TL-WN781N which I have suggested.

    Good info :)
    I guess i will just have to pick one up and hope for the best.

    Thanks a lot for your help.

    If any one else want to have a say, don't hesitate :)


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