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Date:      Sat, 26 Sep 2009 09:34:15 -0400
From:      Henry Olyer <>
To:        Warren Block <>
Subject:   Re: seeing a wireless router when building a 7.2 system
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I have read all about the WPA sub-system;  I've also setup my
/boot/loader.conf and /etc/rc.conf files, correctly.
Except one small detail...

ifconfig ath0 up scan

never returns.

And when I do a:

ifconfig ath0

It tells me I don't have a carrier.

I know the wireless router is working because this Apple sees it.  So the
problem is on my Presario.

But the HP CQ-60 Presario is a pretty popular laptop, and the Atheros
chip-set is also very widely used.  So, some one has almost certainly been
here before me.

I think my only problem now is to get the carrier logic to respond.  Of
course I'd like to be able to control my wireless by pushing the light
button, to turn on and off wireless access.

Does any FreeBSD user have the button working?  I understand it turns blue
when it's up.  Orange when it's not...

This is a friend's email account.

I am Jules Gilbert, and thank's very much -- I couldn't do this stuff by


On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 1:14 AM, Warren Block <> wrote:

> On Tue, 22 Sep 2009, Henry Olyer wrote:
>  I am putting up 7.2 and I am attempting to use a wireless router.
>> How do I tell the 7.2  configurator to use my router, wirelessly?
>> --jg
>> I am using an Atheros chip-set, so I am not expecting trouble.  I just
>> need
>> FBSD to see my system.  I know my wireless 'name'.  What do I do??
> If you're using WPA, create your /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf:
> network={
>  ssid="myssid"
>  psk="mykey"
> }
> Then you need the entries in /etc/rc.conf to create the wlan0 interface and
> set it up for WPA and DHCP:
> wlans_ath0="wlan0"
> ifconfig_wlan0="WPA DHCP"
> If you're not using WPA, well, why not?
> See the Handbook for more:
> -Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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