Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG supported?



  • Is the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG (miniPCI) supported by pfSense? Is the iwi(4) driver integrated?
    http://www.freebsd.org/releases/6.3R/hardware-sparc64.html#WLAN

    Tried in the ALIX board did not find the card (could also be a bios issue).



  • IIRC, the Intel wireless cards require firmware that cannot be distributed freely. You could probably get them running on your own, but i wouldn't expect to see them in the base pfSense.



  • The firmware is now incorporated into the base system - see here for the announcement. You need to define a system variable (for example, in boot/loader.conf) to show your assent to the licence - though I can't remember what it is.

    That said, I'm 99% sure you need FreeBSD 6.3 or 7.0 to have the firmware available. This means you'll need the pfSense 1.2 build on FreeBSD 6.3, 1.2.1-BETA or 1.3-ALPHA ALPHA. The alternative is to install the firmware from the FreeBSD port.



  • Ah, cool. I remember having to set the license accept variable before, but you used to have to copy the firmware in yourself.
    The FreeBSD 7 man page says:
    _This driver requires firmware to be loaded before it will work.  For the
        loaded firmware to work the license at
        /usr/share/doc/legal/intel_iwi/LICENSE must be agreed to and the follow-
        ing line be added to loader.conf(5):

    legal.intel_iwi.license_ack=1_



  • Hi,
    sice two days i try to activate my Intel 2200BG Card. Its dont work. For first i have install a newer version from pfsense becourse the FreeBSD version. At the moment i have installed 1.2.1 RC2. This Version have FreeBSD 7.0. At normal there must be have the Drivers/firmware in the Kernel, but nothing … in this Version there is not. Its not possible to activate my card. What can i do? Maybe build the Kernel Modules and load it? I dont know becourse i am not a pro. Have someone a idee?



  • The man page again:
    _Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the
         following lines in loader.conf(5):

    if_iwi_load="YES"
       wlan_load="YES"
       firmware_load="YES"

    In both cases, place the following lines in loader.conf(5) to load the
        firmware modules:

    iwi_bss_load="YES"
       iwi_ibss_load="YES"
       iwi_monitor_load="YES"_
    You should have wlan and I think firmware, so I'd expect you would need to copy
    if_iwi.ko and iwi_*.ko to /boot/kernel/ from a stock 7.0 install and add the lines to loader.conf
    PS- Don't forget the license_ack line



  • Hi,
    thx for the answer. I have try all options from exactly the same man page without work.
    My Problem is, that i dont know someone who have BSD 7.0 that can give me the modules
    and also i dont find it on web :( do you know from where i can get it? Must i install
    freebsd by self to ge it?

    Becorse the firmware … i have see there is a modul in the kernel who called "firmware" is it that what i need?

    pfsense:/#  kldstat -v | grep firmware
    247 firmware

    pfsense:/#  kldstat -v | grep wlan
    280 wlan_acl
    281 wlan_amrr
    282 wlan_ccmp
    283 wlan_tkip
    284 wlan_wep
    285 wlan
    286 wlan_scan_ap
    287 wlan_scan_sta
    288 wlan_xauth



  • ITS WORK NOW!

    Someone from a FreeBSD IRC Channel have help me and give me this link who i can download the modules:
    http://deponie.yamagi.org/freebsd/iwi/

    Its work on 1.2.1 RC2 … really fantastic!

    But Question to the DEVs ... why do you not compile its in the Kernel or add the modules in pfSense?
    I thing this Adapter is often avaiable.



  • Hmmm … the drivers works, i have try ad-hoc and see it.
    But is it possible that this driver (iwi) dont can do a Access Point?

    Have try all settings, but when i set as Access Ponit i can see the Network with my laptop.

    EDIT:
    Now i have found out how i can test the card to get information what support this card:

    ifconfig iwi0 list caps
    iwi0=25818300<ibss,pmgt,shpreamble,monitor,wpa1,wpa2,wme,bgscan></ibss,pmgt,shpreamble,monitor,wpa1,wpa2,wme,bgscan>
    

    The HOSTAP mode is missing … that means definitly that the iwi driver dont support hostap.

    Now i have found some drivers who make support for this card and hostap:
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/ipw2200-ap

    The only one big problem ist, that this driver is for Linux. Is it possible to use it and compile it in freebsd maybe?

    When this dont work then i need definitly a other miniPCI WLan card :(



  • I generally use Atheros cards, so I didn't look very close at iwi, but it indeed does not support hostap.
    That rules out iwi as an option if you need an AP. I would not hold my breath on anyone getting this working in the foreseeable future. On the bright side, you can get a high-power Atheros card that works out of the box for $35 http://www.netgate.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_34&products_id=348



  • Hi!

    Is it possible to do this on an embedded system (Wrap)

    If.
    Can someone tell me how to do this - the simpe way - I'm not an expert.

    I can logg in as root with winSCP but I can't save when I edit files.

    Where do I find loader.conf(5):

    Please help

    ___The man page again:
    Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the
        following lines in loader.conf(5):

    if_iwi_load="YES"
          wlan_load="YES"
          firmware_load="YES"

    In both cases, place the following lines in loader.conf(5) to load the
        firmware modules:

    iwi_bss_load="YES"
          iwi_ibss_load="YES"
          iwi_monitor_load="YES"

    You should have wlan and I think firmware, so I'd expect you would need to copy
    if_iwi.ko and iwi_*.ko to /boot/kernel/ from a stock 7.0 install and add the lines to loader.conf
    PS- Don't forget the license_ack line___



  • Yes - thank you.
    :)

    You really helped me.

    Do anybody know if there is some other software I can install in my WRAP (flash memory) that works as AP with Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG

    DMESG
    iwi0: <intel(r) pro="" wireless="" 2915abg="">mem 0x80000000-0x80000fff irq 12 at device 13.0 on pci0</intel(r)>



  • @chrisssooo:

    Hi,
    i have do it on a embedded system.

    You must do it over the WebGUI becourse the write permissions is only over it.
    Use pfsense 1.2.1 RC2 becourse FreeBSD 7.0

    Step 1:
    Download the 4 Kernel modules: http://deponie.yamagi.org/freebsd/iwi/
    Go in the WebGUI in "Diagnostics->Command Prompt".
    Upload all 4 Kernel Modules over the "Upload" function.
    The Files will be upload to /tmp/
    After Upload use also in "Diagnostics->Command Prompt" the "Execute Shell command" function to move the files to the right location.
    1. Type in Command: "mv /tmp/if_iwi.ko /boot/kernel/" and click on "Execute"
    2. Type in Command: "mv /tmp/iwi_* /boot/kernel/" and click on "Execute"
    Now the Kernel Modules are on the right location.

    Step 2:
    Now edit the /boot/loader.conf File.
    Go on WebGUI in "Diagnostics->Edit file".
    Type in the field "Save/Load from path"  this Text: "/boot/loader.conf" and click on "Load".
    Add this 7 Lines at the end:

    if_iwi_load="YES"
    wlan_load="YES"
    firmware_load="YES"
    iwi_bss_load="YES"
    iwi_ibss_load="YES"
    iwi_monitor_load="YES"
    legal.intel_iwi.license_ack=1
    

    and click on "Save"
    Reboot pfSense.

    Step 3:
    Now you can Assign you card in the WebGui over "Interfaces->assign" whit the "Plus" and configure it.
    But when you read this Thread you must know:
    ITS ONLY POSSIBLE TO SET THIS CARD TO "Infrastructure" AND "Ad-hoc" … "Access point" DONT WORK!!!

    I hope its work for you :)

    Thanks a milion this worked like a charm. This should be stickied somewhere as its a sure fire and quick way to get those cards working.


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