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Date:      Thu, 5 Feb 2009 18:45:56 +0100
From:      "Paul B. Mahol" <>
To:        Lars Lonne <>
Subject:   Re: No wifi signal with usb antenna (rum driver)
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On 2/5/09, Lars Lonne <> wrote:
> 2009/2/5 Paul B. Mahol <>:
>> On 2/5/09, Lars Lonne <> wrote:
>>> 2009/2/5 Paul B. Mahol <>:
>>>> On 2/4/09, Lars Lonne <> wrote:
>>>>> Hi all. I have recently installed FreeBSD-7.1-RELEASE on my Compaq Evo
>>>>> laptop. It used to dualboot with windows xp and gentoo linux, but I
>>>>> decided to give FreeBSD a try instead, so now it dualboots with
>>>>> windows and FreeBSD. My biggest problem is connecting to the internet
>>>>> over the local wifi network. I am using a usb antenna, which uses the
>>>>> rum driver in FreeBSD. When using windows, the signal strength is low
>>>>> (I am located quite far from the access point), but works fine. I can
>>>>> connect to the network and get on the internet, no problem. Problem is
>>>>> when I start FreeBSD, I cannot get a signal, i.e. ifconfig always
>>>>> reports "no carrier". I can connect to the network with FreeBSD if I
>>>>> move closer to the AP, but it is impractical for me to do so.
>>>>> Has anyone experienced anything similar, or know what could be causing
>>>>> it? Please let me know if you need more information. Hope you can help
>>>>> me.
>>>>> /lars
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>>>> This is known "rum" issue, some code is missing.
>>>> I debuged it some time ago, but with no luck.
>>>> I will try again some time later ....
>>>> --
>>>> Paul
>>> Thank you for your reply. I have the same problem with the ral driver
>>> (as I mentioned in an earlier email to this mailing list) when I am
>>> using a different antenna (a pc-card). Is this also a known issue with
>>> the ral driver?
>> If on linux(open source driver, not via ndiswrapper) you do not have
>> such problem, than it is ral driver fault.
>> --
>> Paul
> Ok, thank you for your help. I'll try the ndiswrapper and see if I can
> get better results with that.

You mean ndisulator on FreeBSD, ndisgen(8).

ndiswrapper works only with linux.


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