Found some wireless NIC's, which is best supported

  • Hi there, i'm struggling a bit with choosing a wireless nic for my pfsense box.
    I tried to use an external wireless accespoint, but with not much luck.

    The pfsense Google excel sheet with supported nics raises some questions.

    Which of the nic's listed below will work best?

    • Delock Mini PCI Express Chipset: Ralink RT2790/RT2720
    • Intel Wireless N Adapter 300 Mbps 622AN: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200

    Or other suggestions?

    Greetings from Holland.

  • You'd have the best luck with an Atheros based card. N is not currently supported, but some N cards work in G mode. I don't recognize that Intel card, but most Intel chipsets don't work in AP mode, so I would stay away from Intel. Looking at the ra driver man page, it appears it only supports the 2500-2600 chips and not the 27xx.

  • I have had good results from the TP-Link TL-WN321G and Tenda W311U, both USB devices, both use Ralink chipsets and both support AP mode. The Tenda is supported by the run driver in pfSense 2.0 (but not in earlier versions). The TP-Link devices I used had an older version of the Ralink chipset and were recognised by the rum driver in pfSense 1.2.3. It appears newer versions of this device need the run driver.

    I have had good results from the TP-Link TL-WN651G PCI card with Atheros chipset. It appears this card has been superseded by the TL-WN350GD.

    I have no experience with mini-PCI cards on pfSense though Atheros cards seem well regarded. PC Engines ( sell a range a mini-PCI cards with Atheros chipsets. However, if I recall correctly, they don't sell direct to EU customers. The web site has links to web pages of distributors in a number of other countries.

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