Re: FreeBSD as an wireless access point
From: Chronos (chronos_at_infinitedimensions.co.uk)
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2005 03:58:22 +0100
After replacing Derek Kuli?ski / takeda with a small shell script on
Wednesday 26 Oct 2005 01:49, the following appeared on stdout:
> So do you have any recommendations as to which hardware to choose?
> I would like to have g, but I can live with b for some time (especially
> that my Internet connection is still slower than the "b" speed - I can
> always connect ethernet cable if I would have need to transfer huge data
> between computers :)))
I would say, judging from the huge support it is receiving (kismet works,
MAC ACLs work, bridging works, the TX algorithms and HAL have been
updated in 6.0 and most of all, it is the only card upon which
wpa_supplicant works) that your best bet is an Atheros based card. man 4
ath for details.
> So what cards might work as an AP, even in 802.11b mode, but will be
> fully supported in 6.0?
Definitely ath(4) based, which will give you 802.11b in 5.x. Works
flawlessly here in hostap mode on 6.0-RC1. There are many cards that
*were* Atheros based that now aren't, such as my Netgear WG311 which has
a TI chipset in version 2.0. Basically, anything the MadWiFi driver for
Linux supports /should/ be fine in FreeBSD-6.0. See this page for some
quite good pointers:
You'll notice that Sam Leffler, the FreeBSD wireless guru, is one of the
developers of the MadWiFi project. Little surprise some of the
information there is pertinent to the ath(4) driver in FreeBSD.
No, I don't work for Atheros. The only reason I say the above is that at
present, the ath driver gives the user the most flexibility and if the
user wishes to use WPA, it's easily the only choice.