Right chipset still not working, why?



  • Hello.
    So I give up my Netgear adapter and after days searching and checking, I finally get a Buffalo WLI-UC-GNHP, maybe the only one available in my country using a compatible chipset with pfsense, today I plug it in, but the console only shows "ugen4.2: <ralink>at usbusX", then nothing happen, it seems recognize the chip but not load the driver? Why and how to get it work???
    Thanks.</ralink>



  • Some of the RA-Link USB sticks seem to having problems. See my other post regarding the issue here.



  • Make sure the stick is plugged in on boot. Not after. I would also look for "RT3071 rom loaded" or an references to run0 in boot log.

    Looking here your device is supported:
    http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?run(4)
    What is the actual RT chipset it uses?? I could not find that info.



  • Took a test box with pfSense 2.3 alpha on it a shoved a RT5572 into a Lanner FW7535 and it looks like it works. Still need to setup an AP to see if it needs help.. Will post back.




  • When I enabled the interface the RUN0 was assigned to –things went bad. There was a flurry of console text then reboot.
    This was 2 week old version of 2.3. I am trying a newer version now...



  • OK posting right now from the RT5572 from about 30 feet away. Will only give 802.11G or802.11A.
    This is on Nov8 nano install of 2.3 nightly builds…. So no modules needed. It works.

    Try the lastest builds.



  • Thank you for your reply Phishfry.
    The stick not working even if I plug it on boot.
    The chipset is RT3070: https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Buffalo_WLI-UC-GNHP
    I tried loader.conf yesterday, but pfsense seems to ignore them completely.
    I haven't tested other build yet, only 2.2.4.
    I nearly give up, I'm trying bunch of things in virtual machine now.



  • I just tried the latest snapshot 20151109-0349, and the new 2.2.5 release, exactly the same, just no driver load.



  • Sorry to hear that. I missed the important cavaet on this page:
    https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?run(4)

    CAVEATS:

    The run driver does not support any of the 802.11n capabilities offered by the RT2800, RT3000 and RT3900 chipsets.

    Maybe this info is outdated but I have to say it seems correct.
    ifconfig list caps does not show 802.11n mode. Forcing it with :HT/40 was just a ruse if the driver don't support it..

    At least they were only 12 bucks!!! I do see Adrain Chadd  racking his brain around some good work. He is trying to get the AR9170 usb fob to work…





  • Thank you very much for your help.
    BTW It's much more difficult than I think, many says UNIX have good HW support which seems bullshit to me, maybe Linux is better?
    It's ridiculous that I cannot even have wireless on a professional level X86 firewall, haha, well-done.
    I setting up this for more than 3 week ago, now still stuck at wireless. GOOD.



  • Well the Atheros mini-PCIe cards are well supported.
    If you need USB wireless then you are stuck with RALink.. The RT5572 works well enough for me for simple configuration of the firewall and web browsing.
    I will try out an RT3071 and see what it does.


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Professional-level firewalls typically don't have wireless adapters.  Professionals use purpose-built access points, not USB dongles.



  • @Phishfry:

    Well the Atheros mini-PCIe cards are well supported.
    If you need USB wireless then you are stuck with RALink.. The RT5572 works well enough for me for simple configuration of the firewall and web browsing.
    I will try out an RT3071 and see what it does.

    Thank you.
    In fact I have a Mikrotik Mini-PCI(not e) A/B/G card based on Atheros, but my build is desktop board so I can either use PCI(no E), or use a PCI to miniPCI adapter, but there's few that adapter and most are cheap Chinese product, I hate that…
    Can you recommend a few working USB adapters for me?
    Thank you.



  • @Derelict:

    Professional-level firewalls typically don't have wireless adapters.  Professionals use purpose-built access points, not USB dongles.

    Thanks. But I prefer a wireless interface because I don't want another node that have to manage/wire up.



  • Linux firewalls make me crazy, they cannot have more than one LAN interface, WTF!
    I tried IPfire and smoothwall and give up before finish set up, they support only one "green" port and cannot change many things in the webfig, that means I have to connect a keyboard and monitor EVERY time I change those settings. They don't even have a console menu like pfsense.
    …..


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    @sam1275:

    @Derelict:

    Professional-level firewalls typically don't have wireless adapters.  Professionals use purpose-built access points, not USB dongles.

    Thanks. But I prefer a wireless interface because I don't want another node that have to manage/wire up.

    You might be better off with a linksys then.



  • @Derelict:

    @sam1275:

    @Derelict:

    Professional-level firewalls typically don't have wireless adapters.  Professionals use purpose-built access points, not USB dongles.

    Thanks. But I prefer a wireless interface because I don't want another node that have to manage/wire up.

    You might be better off with a linksys then.

    I'm using Linksys now.
    I just want to change a flavor.



  • OK I just ordered a EW-7711UMn which is RT3070, hope it works.
    Also I find this
    http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=ndisgen&sektion=8
    So I can use windows driver in FreeBSD and pf? Is it able for me to do it myself? I'm not so familiar with UNIX and CLI…


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Yeah good luck with that.

    I really don't understand why people insist on beating their heads against this particular wall.

    Just get a damn AP.

    You'd be happier just using the linksys you already have.

    https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=81014.msg442131#msg442131



  • If your OK with 2.3 nightly's it should work. I have one and need to check. My RT5572/5592 works with the RT3071 rom.

    Mikrotik Mini-PCI(not e) A/B/G card based on Atheros,

    These work good but board must support 5-7W draw. Not all do well.

    If you read Adriand blog post i linked to you will see there is no working UBS sticks that do 802.11n.*In FreeBSD



  • can either use PCI(no E), or use a PCI to miniPCI adapter

    Absolutely. The china/ebay PCI adapters work. Routerboard actually makes one but it is EOL…

    edit: Here is one. I see them on ebay too Rb11
    https://www.streakwave.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=IA/MP1



  • Personally, I wouldn't waste my time with NDIS.
    A wrapper around a windows driver. No thanks.



  • Thank you very much phishfry, I'll wait for my edimax dongle, if that don't work, I'll buy the mikrotik PCI adapter.
    But still feel strange my buffalo not working, it's a RT3071.


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    By the time you're done you still won't have decent Wifi and you could have bought a ubnt.com unifi UAP-Pro instead.



  • Also be advised that most of those Mikrotik MiniPCI cards require MCX antenna pigtails.



  • I just tested another RaLink USB adapter I have RT5370. It worked in pfSense 2.3alpha as run0 in hostapd mode with RT3071 rom. It only  offers 802.11G and is only single chain or 1T1R aka 150M.

    I bought these for the ARM boards I have been messing with.



  • I am finding it connects faster, probably due to external antenna. It also has no 802.11a mode either.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/271508002615


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