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Date:      Sun, 04 Jan 2009 20:43:24 +0100
From:      Per olof Ljungmark <peo@intersonic.se>
To:        Peter Harrison <peter.piggybox@virgin.net>
Cc:        questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: iwi on 7-STABLE
Message-ID:  <4961115C.3010005@intersonic.se>
In-Reply-To: <20090104145107.GA1005@laptop.piggybox>
References:  <495AA573.4020303@intersonic.se> <20081230233350.GA4401@laptop.piggybox> <495AC5AF.5060408@intersonic.se> <20090104145107.GA1005@laptop.piggybox>

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Peter Harrison wrote:
> Wednesday, 31 December 2008 at  2:06:55 +0100, Per olof Ljungmark said:
>> Peter Harrison wrote:
>>> Tuesday, 30 December 2008 at 23:49:23 +0100, Per olof Ljungmark said:
>>>
>>>> Hi all,
>>>>
>>>> Here I am away with the family visiting friends and I REALLY need
>>>> to get the iwi if up and running.
>>>>
>>>> It's a recently updated system (7.1RC2). Read the man pages, tried 
>>>> different variations on legal.intel_iwi.license_ack=1, iwi_load, 
>>>> firmware_load etc. in /boot/loader.conf but I cannot get a
>>>> connection to the router.
>>>>
>>>> It used to work on this box with my basic config, a Thinkpad T42,
>>>> and it still does with XP.
>>>>
>>>> The interface is associated to the access point ok.
>>>>
>>>> Anyone who can hint me on how to debug this? Would sysctl
>>>> debug.iwi.0=1 help? Of course, ANY information is of interest. Does
>>>> iwi have a problem with certain routers?
>>>>
>>>> Sorry, no config files, I'm without connectivity when booting
>>>> FreeBSD...
>>>>
>>>> Any help appriciated!
>>> I don't know whether iwi has issues with particular routers, however
>>> I do have it working on 7-STABLE i386 without difficulty.
>>>
>>> Does it help to see the relevant bits from my config?
>>>
>>> /boot/loader.conf:
>>>
>>> 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
>>>
>>> /etc/rc.conf:
>>>
>>> ifconfig_iwi0="inet 192.168.1.4  netmask 255.255.255.0  ssid
>>> ***********  bssid 00:14:bf:94:1e:75  channel 11  wepmode on wepkey
>>> ****************************  deftxkey 1"
>>>
>>> (yes, I know I shouldn't still be using WEP).
>>>
>>> Works without difficult connecting to a Linksys router.
>>>
>>> I did have some difficulty I seem to recall when I turned off SSID
>>> broadcast on the router. I'd suggest trying with all the security
>>> turned off if you haven't already to see if you can connect at all,
>>> and then reintroduce the security measures later.
>> Thanks for your reply.
>>
>> Your config is identical to mine. I think something fishy is going on
>> here but don't know what it is - yet..
>>
>> The router is a Netgear WNR854T.
> 
> Have you tried running without WEP or WPA and with the router broadcasting the SSID, to test whether that's the issue?
> 

Yes, did that. In all the cases I've tested iwi is associated but no IP. 
Several XP boxes works fine with same router and settings. A guess then 
would be that the problem lies with the routers DHCP server rather than 
the wireless.

Now back home, I tried same config with our Linksys router and no problem.

I could not find anything odd or unusual in the setup for the Netgear so 
why this happened is still obscure to me.

--
per



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