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Date:      Sat, 08 Jun 2013 21:44:35 +0300
From:      Sasha and Tanya Kapshuk <>
To:        Warren Block <>
Subject:   Re: trouble setting up wireless
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On 06/08/2013 09:33 PM, Warren Block wrote:
> On Sat, 8 Jun 2013, Sasha and Tanya Kapshuk wrote:
>> On 06/08/2013 09:03 PM, Warren Block wrote:
>>>> Howdy,
>>>> Been trying to setup wireless on a laptop with an Atheros 5424/2424 
>>>> card running FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE.
>>>> Been following the instructions given in the handbook.
>>>> Running 'ifconfig wlan0 up scan' does not seem to return anything. 
>>>> What am I doing wrong?
>>> That should be 'ifconfig wlan0 up list scan'. 
>> Tried that. Still no output.
>> I see that my card being identified as AR2425 is supported by the 
>> ath_hal(4) module. How do I enable it?
> Both are built into the GENERIC kernel.  If you've built a custom 
> kernel, you'll have to load them in /boot/loader.conf.
>> Here's whta I've got in my /etc/rc.conf:
>> if_ath_load="YES"
>> if_ath_pci_load="YES"
> Right, but those go in /boot/loader.conf.  Not needed if you're using 
> the GENERIC kernel, though.
>> ifconfig says 'no carrier' for wlan0.
> Here's my "short form" wireless article:

Thanks for your response.

I am running the GENERIC kernel. I can see that the wlan and ath pieces 
are compiled into the kernel, so I removed the ath lines from 

I seem to have done everything right, but it still doesn't work.

'ifconfig wlan0 create wlandev ath0' creates wlan0.

'wpa_supplicant -B -i wlan0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf' produces  no 

dhclient wlan0 says no link .... giving up.

What am I doing wrong?


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