802.11n PCI-cards supported in pfSense 2.0.2?



  • Hello! My first topic on this forum!

    I have just succesfully installed pfSense on my router computer and it works perfect!
    Now I want to install a WLAN PCI-card into it because I also want the router box to work as a wireless access point/router.

    Is there some kind of list where I can see witch N-standard PCI-cards that are supported by pfSense 2.0.2?
    I have been looking a little in the forum and I can see that the D-Link DWA-547 works in this system but I have also read that this card is not very reliable. People have them (when using as a client in a Windows PC) maybe 5 meters from an access point but the computer just can not find the access point.

    Is there any 802.11n-cards you recommend?



  • N is not supported in 2.0.2
    Search the forum for the various threads about this.
    However some n capable cards can be used in a/b/g mode.



  • Too bad but I guess 54Mbit/s is good enough.

    I guess all the G-cards out there are supported in pfSense 2.0.2 then? Or is there any card that I should watch out for?



  • @Jappmannen:

    I guess all the G-cards out there are supported in pfSense 2.0.2 then? Or is there any card that I should watch out for?

    Many WiFi chipsets seem to have a short life. Some card suppliers change the chipsets without changing the model number. Not all WiFi chipsets are supported by FreeBSD. That said, people generally seem to have success with cards with Atheros chipsets and they generally have the widest variety of configuration options. The best place to get a PCI card with Atheros chipset is probably eBay because a lot of the sellers are prepared to disclose the chipset of the card they are selling. The FreeBSD man page for the ath driver (see http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=ath&apropos=0&sektion=0&manpath=FreeBSD+8.1-RELEASE&arch=default&format=html) mentions the AR5005VL chipset is not supported.

    From time to time the pfSense wireless forum contains reports of successful use of a particular brand and model of card but these aren't always helpful because cards with the same model number can contain completely different chipsets.


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