Usb WAN2



  • hello, I feel kind of stupid asking, but cant figured out on my own.  I'm trying to set up a pfS box with multiple connections and create my own little AP with them, but when I plug an USB wireless adapter (linksys compact wireless-G usb wusb54gsc), the system recognices it as "umodem0" and later on as "usbus1".  I can't find out a way to set it up as a WAN2… any ideas or suggestion?



  • it seems like I need to load a BWN driver… does anyone know if I would just add the lines:
              device siba_bwn
      device bwn
      device wlan
      device wlan_amrr
      device firmware

    if that is the case, where would i find this kernel file? in what section? and do I need to download this driver at any point, or it's already in the system and just needs to be compile?
    Sorry for the n00b questions, but i'm lost.  :'(


  • Netgate Administrator

    It would be very odd if it recognised it as either umodem0 or as usbus1. How are you determining that?

    The Linksys wusb54gsc has two versions, v1 and v2. Both are using a Broadcom USB chipset. There are no FreeBSD drivers for Broadcom USB wifi devices. The bwn(4) driver supports PCI or cardbus devices. The config lines you asked about are used in compiling a new kernel which you probably don't want to try (and wouldn't help here anyway). The only way you might get that working is using ndiswrapper and that's also not advisable. Those instructions are way out of date, I have no idea if it would even work.  :(

    Steve



  • tks for the info, at least I know it just not something i doing wrong…
    So, as long as I use a usb wlan with an aceptable chipset, I should be able to config the way i wanted, rigth.  I think its related to load balancing... anyhow, thanks a lot, i guess now i can take a nap  :o


  • Netgate Administrator

    Yes. Your best bet currently seems to be a Ralink chipset, RT3070 or earlier.
    I have a TP-LINK TL-WN7200ND which I know works as an AP under pfSense 2.1 though I don't use it as such. It doesn't work as a client though and it can't do channels 12 or 13.

    JimP put together a spreadsheet showing the various drivers and cards that should work:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AojFUXcbH0ROdHgwYkFHbkRUdV9hVWljVWl5SXkxbFE&hl=en#gid=0

    Steve



  • Tks for the info, I'll get a new usb nic and keep on trying.


  • Netgate Administrator

    I just re-read this thread and I'm not sure how you plan to use the usd wifi card if you get one tyhat works. The thread title is 'USB WAN2' which might imply you want to connect to an access point and use it as a second WAN. However in the first post you say you want to make an access point, use the card in hostap mode. I must repeat that my Ralink 3070 card works well as an access point but doesn't work at all as a client to connect to another AP. It would not be suitable as a second WAN.  ;)

    Steve


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