Fresh install gives no wireless



  • Hello,

    I did a fresh install on my mini-itx board with a Ralink pci wireless card. I can configure everything, but my wireless failes to start for some reason. I see 'no carrier' in the status page for the interfaces. I can't detect my wireless network either.
    Is this a driver problem?

    Best regards,
    Jan



  • Sounds like it :(



  • what's the system log show?



  • I have the same problem, but I installed the upgrade.  I'm using an atheros PCMCIA card.  Same no carrier status.



  • same here (wrap with cm9 running pfSense-20080711-0208), but on bootup I saw

    "ieee80211_load_module: load the wlan_scan_ap module by hand for now." quite a few times

    google says "Short answer is the scanning support is now broken out into separate modules that you must either load or specify in your kernel config file. wlan_scan_sta for sta mode operation. wlan_sta_ap for ap mode operation."
    but as I cant compile a kernel it doesnt mean much to me



  • You probably don't need to build a kernel - probably all it needs is a line for each module you need to load in /boot/loader.conf.



  • This is all I saw in the logs regarding the interface:

    Jul 11 00:06:27 kernel: ath0: unable to reset hardware; hal status 0
    Jul 11 00:06:27 kernel: ath0: unable to reset hardware; hal status 0
    Jul 11 00:06:27 kernel: ath0: ath_chan_set: unable to reset channel 6 (2437 Mhz, flags 0x490 hal flags 0x150)
    Jul 11 00:05:53 kernel: ath0: mac 5.9 phy 4.3 radio 4.6
    Jul 11 00:05:53 kernel: ath0: Ethernet address: 00:0f:3d:68:8d:31
    Jul 11 00:05:53 kernel: ath0: using obsoleted if_watchdog interface
    Jul 11 00:05:53 kernel: ath0: [ITHREAD]
    Jul 11 00:05:53 kernel: ath0: <atheros 5212="">mem 0x88000000-0x8800ffff irq 11 at device 0.0 on cardbus0

    edit: upon reading the logs, I set the wireless channel from 'auto' to channel 1 and the wireless works again with an 'associated' status.</atheros>



  • Still doesn't make mine work
    On my box or an upgrade file (20080710-0010) if I check /boot/kernel I cant see anything like wlan_scan_ap  or  wlan_scan_sta

    But I just built a freeBSD 7.0 vmware image and checking /boot/kernel I see the following.

    -r-xr-xr-x root/wheel    7543 2008-02-25 05:16 /boot/kernel/wlan_scan_ap.ko
    -r-xr-xr-x root/wheel    47319 2008-02-25 05:16 /boot/kernel/wlan_scan_ap.ko.symbols
    -r-xr-xr-x root/wheel    18060 2008-02-25 05:16 /boot/kernel/wlan_scan_sta.ko
    -r-xr-xr-x root/wheel    56865 2008-02-25 05:16 /boot/kernel/wlan_scan_sta.ko.symbols
    -r-xr-xr-x root/wheel    13863 2008-02-25 05:16 /boot/kernel/wlan_tkip.ko
    -r-xr-xr-x root/wheel    54171 2008-02-25 05:16 /boot/kernel/wlan_tkip.ko.symbols
    -r-xr-xr-x root/wheel    8914 2008-02-25 05:16 /boot/kernel/wlan_wep.ko
    -r-xr-xr-x root/wheel    45589 2008-02-25 05:16 /boot/kernel/wlan_wep.ko.symbols
    -r-xr-xr-x root/wheel    4049 2008-02-25 05:16 /boot/kernel/wlan_xauth.ko
    -r-xr-xr-x root/wheel    40075 2008-02-25 05:16 /boot/kernel/wlan_xauth.ko.symbols

    along with some tkip , wep and xauth stuff.

    thinair, what are snapshot are you running, and was it an upgrade or full install, embedded or ISO build?



  • I upgraded to 1.2.1-20080706-0037 from 1.2 stable, full version.
    Since then I have upgraded through 20080707-2021, 20080709-0101, 20080710-0010, and now 20080711-0140.



  • @thinair:

    Jul 11 00:06:27 kernel: ath0: unable to reset hardware; hal status 0

    I have the same issue



  • Almost same issue;
    -pfSense-Full-Update-1.2.1-TESTING-SNAPSHOT-20080711-0140
    -Netgear WG311T PCI card on pfSense

    After i manually changed the channel it got associated and registered the Turbo function, but when try to connect from a client it dont work. Downgrade to 1.2 stable for now and use 54mbit module, that worked for me.

    I think Im gonna wait till everything gets stable since im very noob  ::)



  • @DeCex:

    Almost same issue;
    -pfSense-Full-Update-1.2.1-TESTING-SNAPSHOT-20080711-0140
    -Netgear WG311T PCI card on pfSense

    After i manually changed the channel it got associated and registered the Turbo function, but when try to connect from a client it dont work. Downgrade to 1.2 stable for now and use 54mbit module, that worked for me.

    I think Im gonna wait till everything gets stable since im very noob  ::)

    I will try to change manually the channel, and see if it work. also, I have a super G card, so i can check the turbo :)



  • Still no luck with the latest snapshots of both this and 1.3, signing off testing until for now until someone else can replicate this problem.



  • I tried a wireless nic (first time to try this with pfSense; previously using wrt54g externally for wireless; works great).

    It seems to allow the laptop to connect okay for the first 10 seconds; but it seems to not be bridging correctly with the LAN or else I have a setting done incorrectly - it seems to be that the wpa2 authenticates but then the card doesn't get an IP so it drops after 10 seconds. That's ust me thinking I understand what is going on.   I can see in the logs that it connects ok but I never see any logs entries in the dhcp log.

    In my case I think it might be user error; I only mention what I am seeing in case it helps someone else identify a problem.

    edit

    To try to be at least a tiny bit helpful; this is what I see on the system log:

    JJul 14 23:50:02 hostapd: ral0: STA 00:19:7d:d4:44:fe IEEE 802.11: deassociated
    Jul 14 23:49:17 hostapd: ral0: STA 00:19:7d:d4:44:fe WPA: group key handshake completed (WPA)
    Jul 14 23:49:17 hostapd: ral0: STA 00:19:7d:d4:44:fe WPA: pairwise key handshake completed (WPA)
    Jul 14 23:49:17 hostapd: ral0: STA 00:19:7d:d4:44:fe IEEE 802.11: associated

    Not sure why it just drops - as I say; it doesn't seem to try to talk to dhcp according to the logs.I do see this:

    Jul 14 23:59:19 OPT1 0.0.0.0:68 255.255.255.255:67 UDP

    But then nothing on the dhcp logs.

    My rule on the wireless NIC (opt1):

    Proto  	Source  	Port  	Destination  	Port  	Gateway  	Schedule  	Description  	
    	* 	* 	* 	* 	* 	* 	  	allow any wireless 
    

    Any pointers welcome - I'm still happy to this this is user error.



  • For me as well
    Alix configuration with Full install on Microdrive. Perfect working WiFi, after upgrade no wifi, downgrading tot RC 1.2 and Wifi works again.

    Regards,
    Hans


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