Wireless problem in the latest snapshots



  • Hello,
       it's about a week that the Wifi interface is not working anymore with the latest snapshots… everything looks fine, but the interface just does not work...
    The physical interface is a USB Ralink RT3070 on a Alix board, and it's configured in bridge with the LAN interface. The interface LED is blinking, but it's not even finding anything in the "Status-Wireless" interface.
    Here is the ifconfig result:

    run0: flags=8843 <up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>metric 0 mtu 2290
    	ether 00:0c:43:a4:32:2c
    	media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11g <hostap>
    	status: running
    
    run0_wlan1: flags=8943 <up,broadcast,running,promisc,simplex,multicast>metric 0 mtu 1500
    	ether 00:0c:43:a4:32:2c
    	inet6 fe80::20c:43ff:fea4:322c%run0_wlan1 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x9 
    	nd6 options=1 <performnud>media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11g <hostap>
    	status: running
    	ssid XXXXXX channel 1 (2412 MHz 11g) bssid 00:0c:43:a4:32:2c
    	country US authmode WPA privacy MIXED deftxkey 2 TKIP 2:128-bit
    	TKIP 3:128-bit txpower 0 scanvalid 60 pureg protmode RTSCTS
    	dtimperiod 1 -dfs</hostap></performnud></up,broadcast,running,promisc,simplex,multicast></hostap></up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>
    

    Do you have any idea of what the problem is?

    Thanks,
    Michele



  • Mine is working, different hardware but similar settings:
    Alix 2D13, 2.1-BETA1 (i386), built on Sat Mar 23 22:03:31 EDT 2013

    ath0: flags=8843 <up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>metric 0 mtu 2290
    	ether 90:a4:de:c4:10:c5
    	media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11g <hostap>
    	status: running
    
    ath0_wlan0: flags=8843 <up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>metric 0 mtu 1500
    	ether 90:a4:de:c4:10:c5
    	inet6 fe80::92a4:deff:fec4:10c5%ath0_wlan0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x9 
    	inet 10.49.113.250 netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast 10.49.113.255
    	nd6 options=1 <performnud>media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11g <hostap>
    	status: running
    	ssid W113 channel 1 (2412 MHz 11g) bssid 90:a4:de:c4:10:c5
    	country US ecm authmode WPA1+WPA2/802.11i privacy MIXED deftxkey 2
    	AES-CCM 2:128-bit AES-CCM 3:128-bit txpower 20 scanvalid 60 pureg
    	protmode OFF burst -apbridge dtimperiod 1 -dfs</hostap></performnud></up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast></hostap></up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>
    

    You don't have any IPv4 address on yours - are you really running all IPv6 on the wireless? or are you missing an IPv4 address in the config?



  • @phil.davis:

    You don't have any IPv4 address on yours - are you really running all IPv6 on the wireless?

    Original poster said: @mdima:

    it's configured in bridge with the LAN interface.

    @mdima:

    but it's not even finding anything in the "Status-Wireless" interface.

    That page lists NEARBY access points and associated stations, Are there nearby access points that should be visible?

    Is WPA correct? (Maybe it should be WPA2)

    Please elaborate on "just does not work". Other system don't see the WiFi network? They see the WiFi network but don't get IP address? etc etc.



  • Hello,
    thank you for your answer.
    Well, I tried WPA and WPA2, the result is the same… I also tried to change different other settings, but unfortunately the result is the same (standard, transmit power, channel, with or without WME, 811.g only, and so on). I also tried to remove all the protection settings (no WPA, no WEP), but nothing changes.

    The result is that the WIFI network is not visibile with any device (both the laptop and my Android smartphone), I can see all the networks of my neighbours, but not mine... :(

    Thanks,
    Michele



  • another info: In my loader.conf.local I have:

    if_run_load="YES"
    runfw_load="YES"
    

    is it something wrong in the config or my card is just gone? :(

    Thanks,
    Michele



  • Your config looks OK. The card might be dead. I hope to install a snapshot 2.1 build on one of my boxes in the next few days. It has a currently working USB dongle supported by the run driver. I post the outcome of the upgrade.



  • I just upgraded to the pfSense-Full-Update-2.1-BETA1-i386-20130327-0729.tgz snapshot. and both my laptop and my Android phone report the WiFi network hosted by the run0_wlan0 interface.



  • @wallabybob:

    I just upgraded to the pfSense-Full-Update-2.1-BETA1-i386-20130327-0729.tgz snapshot. and both my laptop and my Android phone report the WiFi network hosted by the run0_wlan0 interface.

    Thank you wallabybob, but I can't belive that BOTH my USB wireless NICs that before were working broke… :( also: using two different USB ports... the LEDs on both NICs blink...

    I don't know what went wrong, but I really don't know what :(

    Are you using the RAM disk in the system/advanced/misc options?

    Thanks,
    Michele



  • Ok, I got it working, but the solution seems wired.

    I just set to the interface run0_wlan1 the same MTU of the run0 interface (in my case 2290), after that the network works.
    The funny thing is that if I run ifconfig, the MTU of the run0_wlan1 is still 1500, but the interface is visibile and running.

    Anyone has an explaination for this?

    Thanks,
    Michele


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