Which wifi pci network cards or pci-e are compatible with pfsense??



  • Hi guys

    can u please post some information on the following.

    i have got pfSense running fine with 2 gigabit LAN cards 1 wan and 1 lan, nevertheless i have accuried a htpc media box and i bought a iphone 4s

    so i need some wifi lan card in pfsense so i can create my 2nd lan wireless conection at home.

    so my queries are

    1- what pci or pci-e wireless modems are compatible already teste by pfsense users?
    2- which one is the fastest one for 802.1-n connections and are there any faster than the 300mbps?? is there any gigabit model faster then 300mbps?

    anywasy the 300mbps will do me just fine, as the server and the wireless devices will be separated by a brick wall with only 8 meter distance…

    so any inputs are welcomed before i go out shopping for the right Wireless PCI card.



  • There is currently no N support.
    See for the ongoing developement: http://wiki.freebsd.org/WiFi

    Altough you can use some N cards, but only in g/a mode.



  • @GruensFroeschli:

    There is currently no N support.
    See for the ongoing developement: http://wiki.freebsd.org/WiFi

    Altough you can use some N cards, but only in g/a mode.

    hi

    thkxs for your input, so leads me to the following question which model WIFI pci would pfsense users recommend to me, something fully compatible just plugin in straight,configure 2nd lan and start navegating on the other devices…?



  • @tester10:

    which model WIFI pci would pfsense users recommend to me, something fully compatible just plugin in straight,

    Sorry, the three different PCI cards I have used for APs in pfSense have all gone "end of life".



  • @wallabybob:

    @tester10:

    which model WIFI pci would pfsense users recommend to me, something fully compatible just plugin in straight,

    Sorry, the three different PCI cards I have used for APs in pfSense have all gone "end of life".

    Hi would you car to go more in detail about it ?

    end of life meaning ????

    power source ???



  • @tester10:

    end of life meaning ????

    End of life = discontinued by manufacturer. Once manufacturing ceases stocks dry up and the product becomes unavailable in regular retail outlets. Used versions are sometimes available from sources like eBay. Sometimes unused versions of discontinued products are available on eBay or in "clearance sales" or "end of model" sales.

    In many cases 802.11G devices have been superseded in retail outlets by 802.11N devices which have different chipsets from the 802.11G devices and the different chipsets require different drivers. But the drivers are unavailable in FreeBSD because FreeBSD support for 802.11N features is not yet available.

    In my case, even if I did have any 802.11N capable devices, there is no reason to upgrade any of my WiFi interfaces in pfSense because what I already have works well enough and I wouldn't be able to use any of the 802.11N features (including 802.11N speeds) because the software support is not in FreeBSD.

    Some users have reported success in getting 802.11N capable devices based on Atheros chipsets working in "802.11G compatible" mode. I suspect there are no 802.11N capable Ralink PCI chipsets with FreeBSD device drivers.

    @tester10:

    power source ???

    Sorry, I don't understand.



  • I'll be wanting to know this question in the future.  Which brand and model number in PCI-E 1x form is known to be 100% compatible with pfsense?  Any success stories?  The N protocol isn't important, just basic reliable functionality.



  • It will not be more easy if you would use an wifi-ap on lan, or on another dedicated interface ? you will have the benefit of N protocol with 300mb or plus bandwidth.From my experience is easier to use something like that than chosing, first a compatibile card, pci or pci-ex, and second i think in my opinion will be more stable and cheaper.



  • @bmironb:

    It will not be more easy if you would use an wifi-ap on lan, or on another dedicated interface ? you will have the benefit of N protocol with 300mb or plus bandwidth.From my experience is easier to use something like that than chosing, first a compatibile card, pci or pci-ex, and second i think in my opinion will be more stable and cheaper.

    1. Where I live PCI cards and USB sticks with supported chipsets have been available for some time for well under the local equivalent of US$20. I suspect I would be challenged to find an AP for that price even on eBay.
    2. If you ever have to troubleshoot your wireless connection you might find it easier to do if you have the AP in pfSense than if you have to use a different GUI in a AP which has different defaults, different menus and poorer logging and tracing facilities.


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