Ral0: device timeout while enabling WIFI interface based on RT2560 chipset



  • Hi all.
    I'm evaluating pfSense as my firewall. - so far it looks great, much better than ZeroShell that i'm using now.
    unfortunately, there is a really weird problem with my WIFI card.
    when i activate the WIFI interface in hostap mode and reboot, i start to receive "ral0: device timeout" messages on the console.
    of course,  i cant see the wireless network essid.

    the same card works in hostap mode on linux and m0n0wall (which is based on FreeBSD under the hood).
    any ideas ?



  • What version of pfSense are you running?

    What is the brand and model of the WiFI PCI card you are using?



  • @wallabybob:

    What version of pfSense are you running?

    2.0 release, both 32 and 64 bit.
    @wallabybob:

    What is the brand and model of the WiFI PCI card you are using?

    Edimax EW-7128g



  • I have a Gigabyte PCI card (I have forgotten the model number) in a pfSense box. Startup reports it as:

    ral0: <ralink technology="" rt2560="">mem 0xef000000-0xef001fff irq 12 at device 8.0 on pci0
    ral0: MAC/BBP RT2560 (rev 0x04), RF RT2525
    ral0: [ITHREAD]</ralink>

    I configured it as an AP and enabled it. On the console I saw:

    wlan1: changing name to 'ral0_wlan1'
    ral0: need multicast update callback
    ral0: need multicast update callback
    ral0: need multicast update callback
    ral0: need multicast update callback
    ral0: need multicast update callback
    ral0: device timeout
    stray irq7
    ral0: device timeout
    stray irq7

    vmstat -i

    interrupt                          total      rate
    irq0: clk                      317219412        999
    irq7:                                  3          0
    stray irq7                            3          0
    irq8: rtc                      40601014        127
    irq10: rl0 ehci0                2773531          8
    irq11: vr0 uhci0                1493474          4
    irq12: ral0 uhci1                  1753          0
    irq14: ata0                      935061          2
    Total                          363024251      1143

    Near where I live there are two retail computer shops from which I can buy, for under the local equivalent of US$15, the Tenda W311U or the TP-Link TL-WN321G. Both are USB devices, can operate as Access Points and have given me satisfactory WiFi performance. I haven't thought it an effective use of my time to figure out the problem with the PCI card.



  • i'm not sure i want to replace my WORKING Edimax card with tenda/tplink crap. besides, as i stated before - it works in windows/linux and even in monowall, from which pfSense was forked


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