Known working Wireless cards



  • Please also try to explain in detail:

    Brand/Model/Version/ and how you used it (Client/AP/mesh etc.)
        pfSense Version/build

    Mini PCIe card pulled from broken laptop, not sure of exact device beyond AR9285, HostAP mode. pfSense AMD64 VGA 2.2.1.

    This isn't the fairest test in the world but here are the results of speed tests to www.speedtest.net:

    Wired network - D/L 66Mbs U/L 12Mb/s - My ISP baseline.

    Wireless network - D/L 25Mb/s U/L 12Mb/s

    –After setting the minimum standard to 802.11n (was g).

    Wireless network D/L 36Mb/s U/L 12Mb/s

    Two configuration changes (min standard 802.11n requires WME tickbox to be checked) and my throughput has increased 40%. All results are the average of three tests each so it isn't a glitch. It may be a fraction of what you might expect but exceeds my personal requirements.

    $ pciconf -lv
    
    ath0@pci0:2:0:0:	class=0x028000 card=0x10891a3b chip=0x002b168c rev=0x01 hdr=0x00
        class      = network
    
    


  • Mikrotik RB14eu+Mikrotik R11e-5HnD    (Atheros AR9580)

    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: ath0: 2GHz radio: 0x0000; 5GHz radio: 0x0000
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: ath0: AR9580 mac 448.4 RF5110 phy 0.0
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: ath0: [HT] 2 RX streams; 2 TX streams
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: ath0: [HT] 1 stream STBC transmit enabled
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: ath0: [HT] 1 stream STBC receive enabled
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: ath0: [HT] enabling short-GI in 20MHz mode
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: ath0: [HT] enabling HT modes
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: ar9300_hw_attach: ar9300_eeprom_attach returned 0
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: Restoring Cal data from OTP
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: Restoring Cal data from Flash
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: Restoring Cal data from Flash
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: Restoring Cal data from EEPROM
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: Restoring Cal data from DRAM
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: ar9300_flash_map: unimplemented for now
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: ar9300_hw_attach: calling ar9300_eeprom_attach
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: ar9300_attach: calling ar9300_hw_attach
    Apr 30 10:06:43 pfSense kernel: ath0: <atheros ar9580="">mem 0xfe700000-0xfe71ffff irq 29 at device 0.0 on pci4</atheros>

    Seems to work. Though getting some ath driver related "spam" on VGA monitor.

    " short-GI in 20MHz mode", wish I could get 40Mhz mode work. Works with WPA+WPA2 as well.

    Speeds:



  • DON'T DO IT!!!

    I tried, again, a couple times…

    I'm now on 2.2.2.

    Just enabling the interface causes panic, and it sticks in a reboot loop, until you unplug this device!

    I saw a message on the console, about needing to run fsck.

    It borked dhcpd, until I reverted to an earlier config.

    Squid daemon keeps dieing...

    I keep getting timeouts, on common, familiar websites.

    I may be heading for a fresh install...

    @Elludium_Q-36:

    I bought a used BearExtender Mini b/g/n 1,000 mW / 1 Watt, USB 2.4 Ghz WiFi adapter, branded for Apple/Mac.

    I think I ran a command on my linux box, which showed it to have a Ralink chip(set).


    • I pressed the DHCP "Renew" button on webConfigurator/GUI page, Status: Interfaces:
    
    ../status_interfaces.php
    
    
      • This caused pfSense to crash, necessitating a reboot.

      • I've had one other

    
    $  ifconfig | grep -A4 -i wireless
       media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11b
       status: associated
    run0_wlan0: flags=8843 <up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>metric 0 mtu 1500
       ether 00:1e:97:xx:xx:xx
       inet6 xxxx::xxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx%run0_wlan0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0xd 
    --
       media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11g (autoselect)
       status: no carrier
       ssid "-------------" channel 9 (2452 MHz 11b)
       regdomain FCC country US outdoor authmode OPEN privacy OFF txpower 30
       bmiss 7 scanvalid 60</up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast> 
    

    $ ifconfig run0_wlan0
    run0_wlan0: flags=8843 <up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>metric 0 mtu 1500
      ether 00:1e:97:xx:xx:xx
      inet6 xxxx::xxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx%run0_wlan0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0xd
      nd6 options=1 <performnud>media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11g (autoselect)
      status: no carrier
      ssid "-------------" channel 9 (2452 MHz 11b)
      regdomain FCC country US outdoor authmode OPEN privacy OFF txpower 30
      bmiss 7 scanvalid 60</performnud></up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>

    $ usbconfig
    ugen4.2: <product 0x3070="" vendor="" 0x148f=""> at usbus4, cfg=0 md=HOST spd=HIGH (480Mbps) pwr=ON</product>
    ```


  • I have installed Pfsense 2.3.1 on an 6 year old desktop EMachine  ET-311G 
    rl0@pci0:1:6:0: class=0x020000 card=0xe1021acb chip=0x813910ec rev=0x10 hdr=0x00
        vendor    = 'Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.'
        device    = 'RTL-8100/8101L/8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter'
        class      = network
        subclass  = ethernet
    ath0@pci0:3:0:0: class=0x028000 card=0x3112168c chip=0x0030168c rev=0x01 hdr=0x00
        vendor    = 'Qualcomm Atheros'
        device    = 'AR93xx Wireless Network Adapter'
        class      = network

    i bought a TP-Link N900 Wireless PCI Express Card with the Atheros AR9380 Chipset  and Its been working fine  some disconnect issues but its rare i think i just set it up wrong  but i am using it as an AP with WPA2 AES Encryption!


  • Banned

    Hi!

    Is there anybody out there using a wifi USB stick with pfsense 2.3.1-1 successfully as WAN interface? Tried a ratek and a realtek, both without success…

    kind regards

    chemlud



  • I can report mixed success with a couple of different cards. Still looking for the "it just works" solution.

    • AzureWave AW-NB037: Based on Atheros WB195 reference design per WikiDevi. This was the card supplied when I bought the router as a package from Logic Systems. Uses ath(4) driver. FreeBSD only supported 802.11b/g until release 10.0, when 802.11n added. Hardware does 2.4GHz b/g/n, 1x1 (i.e. no MIMO). Nominally supports Bluetooth but FreeBSD drivers don't. Would sometimes lock up and generate many interrupts, slowing down router service.

    • Samsung based on Atheros AR9462 and WB222: Just obtained this used via eBay. Hardware can do 2.4 or 5GHz, a/b/g/n, plus Bluetooth. Uses ath(4) driver. Despite driver source provided by Qualcomm Atheros, FreeBSD driver is a work in progress, judging by the repo. Major holes in driver as of FreeBSD 10.3, appears some will be fixed in 11.0. Works passably on 5GHz with pfSense 2.3.2, can't get my iDevices to connect on 2.4GHz. No Bluetooth support in FreeBSD, not that I would use it anyway.

    In a related annoyance, the FreeBSD documentation claims that the ath(4) driver supports ALTQ, but I haven't seen any evidence of it with these cards.



  • hi, anybody can give an working wireless cards for access point ?  (awus036h (RTL8187) not working for acess point  :-X )



  • In present time, What is the best card (mini PCIe card) that supports WIFI N ?

    I'm looking for replace (AzureWave AW-NU706H), card is WIFI N, but pfsense allow only A/B/G.
    https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=136224.0



  • @TKOF:

    In present time, What is the best card (mini PCIe card) that supports WIFI N ?

    I'm looking for replace (AzureWave AW-NU706H), card is WIFI N, but pfsense allow only A/B/G.
    https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=136224.0

    Ditto.  What's the best internal Mini PCIe board of choice for FreeBSD 11.1 / pfSense 2.40?  PC Engines sells this one, so I assume it's at the top or close to it?
    https://pcengines.ch/wle200nx.htm



  • @valnar:

    Ditto.  What's the best internal Mini PCIe board of choice for FreeBSD 11.1 / pfSense 2.40?  PC Engines sells this one, so I assume it's at the top or close to it?
    https://pcengines.ch/wle200nx.htm

    Yes, this card works, under pfSense 2.3.4p1 even perfect. Under 2.4.0 I am having smaller issues: https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=138260.0

    I will create a ticket for it soon.



  • I have been trying unsuccessfully for a while to get pfsense working on a laptop to function as a wifi access point

    I had an affiliate of mine order a WLE200NX wireless card for me after we tried a dozen different atheros wireless adapters in a handful of old laptops without any success

    This card was suggested to me by a sales rep with netgate - after reading the previous post confirming that it should work, I'm strongly leaning towards the conclusion that I'm doing something wrong because while it works with windows, when the same box is nuked and paved with pfsense, the card cant be detected.

    The process I used was to swap in the wifi adapter, then fresh install pfsense 2.4.2 (latest version as of this writing) on the laptop in question. At the end of the installation the application will ask to assign interfaces, at this stage, the wireless adapter is not listed (only the ethernet adapter is listed) and the card considered not compatible.

    I don't want to hijack this thread though, but at the same time I thought I should post my experience as it appears to be relevant here. I created my own thread where I'm hoping someone can point out what I'm doing wrong and what the actual process to drop a card into a laptop and install pfsense is… Its here in the wireless section...


  • Banned

    @Preacher22:

    The process I used was to swap in the wifi adapter, then fresh install pfsense 2.4.2 (latest version as of this writing) on the laptop in question. At the end of the installation the application will ask to assign interfaces, at this stage, the wireless adapter is not listed (only the ethernet adapter is listed) and the card considered not compatible.

    https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/2.4_New_Features_and_Changes#Wireless



  • OMG THANK YOU!

    Any explanation of the trouble this has caused me or the relief you've brought me would be an understatement.

    ;D



  • Looking through the forum this seems to be the best place to ask this for I haven't seen it discussed elsewhere.

    Can someone recommend an 802.11AC MiniPCIE card for use with pfSense?  I had already bought one using the FreeBSD hardware list as a guide on what is compatible.  However, I was told here:

    https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=141663.0

    that, not all FreeBSD drivers are included in the pfSense kernel, even though we are told this on the main pfSense main page.

    Thanks!



  • I've used the TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 for a few years. It works very well because it uses the ath9k driver, but unfortunately I haven't gotten good reliability from them. Both of mine died after about two years. Sorry I don't have pciconf for it, but I'm using an old dual radio router as an AP while I decide if I want to replace the WDN4800 or find something else.



  • none2@pci0:0:20:3: class=0x028000 card=0x00348086 chip=0xa3708086 rev=0x10 hdr=0x00
    vendor = 'Intel Corporation'
    device = 'Wireless-AC 9560 [Jefferson Peak]'
    class = network
    cap 01[c8] = powerspec 3 supports D0 D3 current D0
    cap 05[d0] = MSI supports 1 message, 64 bit
    cap 10[40] = PCI-Express 2 root endpoint max data 128(128) FLR RO NS
    cap 11[80] = MSI-X supports 16 messages
    Table in map 0x10[0x2000], PBA in map 0x10[0x3000]
    ecap 0000[100] = unknown 0
    ecap 0018[14c] = LTR 1
    ecap 000b[164] = Vendor 1 ID 16

    Not sure why it lists it as none, but it is the built in wifi card with the mobo and PFSense can not see it. Kinda sucks cause it was the only reason I bought this mobo, I could have gone much cheaper but I wanted one with built in wifi



  • It's listed as none because there are no drivers for that particular 802.11ac card for FreeBSD (yet, see below). Do yourself a big favour and stop trying to get internal Wifi NICs working on pfSense/FreeBSD, get an external AP like one of the Ubiquiti entry level models.

    https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=iwm&sektion=4&manpath=freebsd-release-ports



  • Interesting this thread is so old, but still new posts. Are there any updates to this for latest PFSense using FreeBSD 11? I just wasted a few dollars on an wifi usb/AC adapter that I could have sworn was in 11's compatibility list. @kpa The problem is, we need captive portal for a guest wifi. We don't care if it's an older/slower model. The wifi has to be a USB adapter as well (Netgate SG-1000) as usb is the only option. There are lots of inexpensive usb wifi adapters that should work according to compatibility list, but If someone has a known working one, please post. Thank you!



  • @sbrock99 .. i have just bought a mb with this same wifi as you (AC 9560), did you find a way to get it to work?
    I am trying to find a way but having no luck.



  • @no_one I gave up, the ones people say work, don't. Probably because the SG-1000 is different CPU then your normal freebsd box. What I did instead is get a USB to Ethernet plug and an external router. Not optimal and I can't do this at 10 locations, so we're looking at other routers... The USB to Ethernet plug seems more supported and worked straight away.


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