Wireless Not Working



  • Hi,
    Im a noob when it comes to pfsense and need a bit of help Please.

    This is Basically what i want,

    BtHomeHub (192.168.1.254) > Pfsense Router (192.168.1.84) > Lan (192.168.4.0)
                                                                                                        > Wireless (192.168.4.254)

    The Lan and Wireless on the same network so they both end in (ex 192.168.4.) and are able to connect to eachother without changing firewall rules.

    I recently bought a Pci Ralink Wireless card and have having issues setting it up.

    This is the card http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261250292504?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

    My Wireless Interface setup is:
    Static IPv4: 192.168.4.254
    Channel: 3
    mode: Access Point
    SSID: MyNetwork
    No password

    And it enables and shows the ip on the dashboard, but its not Broadcasting the SSID to connect to.
    And the console is spitting out
    Ral0: need multicast update callback

    i can provide more information if needed.
    thanks



  • Did you notice the caveats here:

    https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=ral

    Sounds like they have issues with some PCI 2.2 slots on some boards. Try switching slots just for kicks.



  • @Phishfry:

    Did you notice the caveats here:

    https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=ral

    Sounds like they have issues with some PCI 2.2 slots on some boards. Try switching slots just for kicks.

    Thank you for replying
    Im sorry i Completly forgot i posted on here xD,

    I have already tried that, Unfortunately it didnt work


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    To be honest if you want wifi on the same network as your wired, why don't you just get an actual AP or any $20 wifi router and use it as an AP??



  • if you could Suggest a  Cheap Compatible AP, i would appreciate it.

    I do have an AP, but its adsl, i got a Ethernet to adsl just to try, and i believe  it wouldn't Recognize the connection


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    there is no such thing as a ADSL AP that I have ever heard of…  What is the make and model number of the device?

    yes I would recommend the unifi line.. The new AC lite model is $89..  Or again any wifi router you have laying around be it ethernet or dsl based, if it has a modem its actually a gateway (dsl, adsl, etc..)  Still can be used as AP...  Just disable its dhcp server, change its LAN IP to be on whatever network you going to connect it to.  Connect it to your network with one of its lan ports.. access the IP you gave it and setup the wifi how you want.

    When using a wifi router as AP you don't use its WAN port, since its not going to be routing or natting anything.  So unless the device has mode to bridge its wan to its lan the use of that port is lost.  But what does it matter if just using it as wireless AP.. You can also leverage the remaining lan ports if you want for wired connections to your network.

    But a decent AP is going to be POE and designed to mount in the ceiling for better coverage.. Your typical wifi routers are rarely poe and not really good for design for proper placement for good wifi coverage.  While some can hang on a wall, etc..  since they need power source they make it more difficult to place in proper area for best coverage normally.

    Do yourself a favor and get a real AP, maybe a few of them if area your wanting to cover warrants it.  The unifi line use a software based controller, or you can buy a little key to run the controller on, or run it on any pc you have or vm, you can run it in the cloud on aws, etc. etc..  The controller is going to give you lots of insight into clients connectivity, bandwidth used, etc.. etc..  There are even some guides on running the controller software on pfsense itself - but I would not recommend that.

    You don't have to use the controller if you don't want to either if your not using its captive portal feature, etc.  They are even releasing a APP to quick configure the AP with if you don't even want to run the controller for initial setup of the AP.

    https://www.ubnt.com/unifi/unifi-ap-ac-lite/


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