Is the WLE200NX wireless (ships with SG-4860 & SG-2440) simultaneous dual band?



  • I've started configuring the WLE200NX wireless card that shipped with my SG-4860.

    I see a single device (ath0) to which I can associate multiple wireless interfaces.  However I have only been able to get the interfaces to work on a single band, either 2.4 GHz or 5.0 GHz, but not both at the same time.

    Is this card capable of simultaneous dual band with two hardware transmitters or does it only have a single transmitter?  Also if it is a single transmitter is there a free miniPCIe slot in the SG-4860 so I could install a second card kit from the PFSense OEM vendor Netgate? (http://store.netgate.com/APU-wireless.aspx).



  • but not both at the same time.

    No.

    so I could install a second card kit from the PFSense OEM vendor Netgate?

    Yes.



  • Are you sure about this? Reading the spec i see this:
    One Slot: MiniSATA
    One Slot:3G/With Sim
    One Slot:MiniPCIe

    None of these devices are electrically interchangeable. Some motherboards flat out won't work with Wifi in 3G slot, Some will with a jumper change and some the Bios recognizes the module and handles it.

    I would not jump to conclusions on this much money. Ask the Netgate folks. Or check the manual to see if there are jumpers for USB injection on the 3G slot interface.


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Or just get an AP.



  • Looks like you good to go on dual wifi cards.

    http://www.adiengineering.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/RCC-VE-Platform-User-Manual-R100.pdf

    Shows that jumper 3-4 and 5-6 are for usb injection. Removed for wifi.

    One problem i found when experimenting with this is that to use a -single SSID- you must bridge the two interfaces. Also there is no "wireless controller" to control which band you device chooses. I had to force the Windows driver for the client wifi cards to use 5ghz. They kept connecting to the 2.4 radio. Not ideal. 2 separate SSIDs for each radio ended up better for me.



  • Just to be clear this is not an OS problem as these Atheros AR5 modules don't support dual band. Period. Not even in linux.
    OpenWRT does support dual band on routers that use it…


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