ALIX + mini pci WLM54SAG23 [SOLVED]



  • Installed the card, made sure the the antenna cable connected properly. I was able to add the interface, enable it, turn on dhcp server and set a default firewall rule from wifi subnet to any.

    Left all of the wifi settings at defaults except for changing to 802.11g and enabling WPA. Saved and applied all settings.
    SSID isn't being broadcast.

    Status –> Interfaces; wifi interface status says - no carrier
    Status --> Wireless; shows multiple wireless routers in neighborhood
    I can ping wifi interface itself with no packet loss.

    Output of ifconfig

    ath0: flags=8843 <up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>metric 0 mtu 2290
    ether 00:80:48:6f:68:85
    media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11g
    status: associated
    enc0: flags=0<> metric 0 mtu 1536
    pflog0: flags=100 <promisc>metric 0 mtu 33200
    pfsync0: flags=0<> metric 0 mtu 1460
    syncpeer: 224.0.0.240 maxupd: 128 syncok: 1
    lo0: flags=8049 <up,loopback,running,multicast>metric 0 mtu 16384
    options=3 <rxcsum,txcsum>inet 127.0.0.1 netmask 0xff000000
    inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128
    inet6 fe80::1%lo0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0xa
    nd6 options=3 <performnud,accept_rtadv>ath0_wlan0: flags=8c43 <up,broadcast,running,oactive,simplex,multicast>metric 0 mtu 1500
    ether 00:80:48:6f:68:85
    inet6 fe80::280:48ff:fe6f:6885%ath0_wlan0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0xb
    inet 10.80.7.1 netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast 10.80.7.255
    nd6 options=1 <performnud>media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11g
    status: no carrier
    ssid SilverBox channel 10 (2457 MHz 11g)
    country US ecm authmode WPA1+WPA2/802.11i privacy ON deftxkey UNDEF
    txpower 24 bmiss 7 scanvalid 450 bgscan bgscanintvl 300 bgscanidle 250
    roam:rssi 7 roam:rate 5 protmode OFF burst roaming MANUAL

    Not sure what else to do</performnud></up,broadcast,running,oactive,simplex,multicast></performnud,accept_rtadv></rxcsum,txcsum></up,loopback,running,multicast></promisc></up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>



  • @thetallkid:

    SSID isn't being broadcast.

    Seems you want the pfSense WiFi to act as an Access Point.

    @thetallkid:

    ath0_wlan0: flags=8c43 <up,broadcast,running,oactive,simplex,multicast>metric 0 mtu 1500
    ether 00:80:48:6f:68:85
    inet6 fe80::280:48ff:fe6f:6885%ath0_wlan0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0xb
    inet 10.80.7.1 netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast 10.80.7.255
    nd6 options=1 <performnud>media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11g
    status: no carrier
    ssid SilverBox channel 10 (2457 MHz 11g)
    country US ecm authmode WPA1+WPA2/802.11i privacy ON deftxkey UNDEF
    txpower 24 bmiss 7 scanvalid 450 bgscan bgscanintvl 300 bgscanidle 250
    roam:rssi 7 roam:rate 5 protmode OFF burst roaming MANUAL</performnud></up,broadcast,running,oactive,simplex,multicast>

    Looks like you haven't configured it to act as an Access Point. I would expect to see a media line like```

    media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11g <hostap></hostap>



  • Mode is set to Infrastructure



  • @thetallkid:

    Mode is set to Infrastructure

    WiFi101: One or more Infrastructure nodes talk to an Access Point.

    Which system is the Access Point? (Normally, but not necessarily, it would be the router.)



  • Thank you wallabybob. I changed the mode to Access Point and it worked.


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