Intel C1037U pfSense 2.2 Installation no WiFi detection



  • Hi Community,

    been using pfSense for a while now on a VIA Samuel processor without any problems (just cpu related problems). Well, the old VIA Samuel Box is broken and doesn't work anymore. So I ordered a new Intel c1037u Mini Computer with DUAL 1Gbit NIC and PCI-E WiFi Card. The two NICs are working fluently as WAN and LAN Connection but the WiFi is not recognized unter Interfaces (MAC address is not shown). When I boot into Parted Magic via Live USB Stick the WiFi is recognized and even able to connect to my HTC test Access Point.

    Any idea on how to get the WiFi working under pfSense 2.1.5 or 2.2 Snapshot? I already tried both versions 32bit and 64bit. Maybe I need to do some settings?

    Best regards
    and a merry merry Christmas to all!



  • What WiFi card do you have? If it is not detected it probably won't work.



  • Whats on Sticker or what linux gives?


  • Netgate Administrator

    Anything is helpful.  :)
    However the best piece of information would be the PCI vendor and device IDs. You dan get that from lspci in Linux.

    Steve



  • So here's what lspci gave me back

    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
    00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
    00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
    00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev c4)
    00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM77 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
    01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82574L Gigabit Network Connection
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82574L Gigabit Network Connection
    03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 01)

    Do You need anything more?

    best regards


  • Netgate Administrator

    You'll need to use 'lspci -nn' to show the pci ids.
    However I don't think there's a driver for the bcm43224 so you're probably out of luck.

    Steve



  • So the ID's are the following: 14e4:4353

    Found some discussions on the internet about an FreeBSD driver.
    Maybe possible to compile?


  • Netgate Administrator

    Do you have a link to those discussions? I can only find references to there being no driver.
    https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=192057#c1

    Steve



  • I ended up with two threads, more one description and one driver compilation.
    Don't know if it's ok to post them here?

    best regards


  • Netgate Administrator

    Unless the discussions were on some highly suspect site I don't see why it should be a problem. PM them to if you want.

    Steve




  • Netgate Administrator

    Unfortunately neither of those are helpful. They both refer to the Linux driver and pfSense is built on FreeBSD, which isn't Linux.

    Steve



  • Save yourself the time and trouble and just get an Atheros card that works.  Lucky for you, I have an Intel C1037U and a working WiFi card.  Qualcomm Atheros Wireless AR5BHB92 AR9280 PCI-E Half Mini Card will do the trick.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JESLUWQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



  • @thezfunk:

    Save yourself the time and trouble and just get an Atheros card that works.  Lucky for you, I have an Intel C1037U and a working WiFi card.  Qualcomm Atheros Wireless AR5BHB92 AR9280 PCI-E Half Mini Card will do the trick.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JESLUWQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I have this card (as well as an AR9462 card) and I couldn't get it to work as a client in 'Infrastructure' mode. I haven't tested AP mode. Did you use it in both modes? If so, what settings did you use?



  • @Brrm:

    @thezfunk:

    Save yourself the time and trouble and just get an Atheros card that works.  Lucky for you, I have an Intel C1037U and a working WiFi card.  Qualcomm Atheros Wireless AR5BHB92 AR9280 PCI-E Half Mini Card will do the trick.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JESLUWQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I have this card (as well as an AR9462 card) and I couldn't get it to work as a client in 'Infrastructure' mode. I haven't tested AP mode. Did you use it in both modes? If so, what settings did you use?

    Good point, I have not tried Infrastructure mode.  The last time I tried setting that up I could not get it to work so I haven't even considered it since.  It does work in AP mode just fine.  I got it working on both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz but it won't do both, simultaneously.  Since I have some 2.4GHz only devices I stuck with 'N'.  I'll check my settings when I get home but it is WPA2 and I picked an empty channel, I think 8.  With my dual 6db antennas it gets quite good coverage.



  • The not supported WiFi PCIe card is the only thing keeping me away from installing pfSense this hardware.
    By now I am running it in VMWare ESXi with two other virtual servers going very well.

    I cant get this card to my country, and I can't buy on amazon.com :D


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