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Date:      Tue, 3 Feb 2009 23:40:35 -0800
From:      James Strother <>
Subject:   wireless card won't associate
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I've been trying to get a wireless card of mine working with a new install
of freebsd 7.1, but I've been unable to associate with the access point.

>From pciconf -lv, it appears the chipset is Ralink RT2561/RT61.  The
documentation for ral doesn't mention this particular chipset, but
there seems to be a consensus on various forums that this chipset is
supported by ral.

I've added the following lines to /boot/loader.conf:

And am using the following ifconfig command
ifconfig ral0 ssid <MYSSID> authmod shared wepmode on \
  deftxkey 1 wepkey 1:<MYKEY>

But ifconfig shows status as "no carrier."  The authentication is
all correct (I've triple checked everything, and am using the
same authentication on a linux laptop).  The signal strength
should be fine (the box was previously running linux, with very
good signal strength).

When I ran wlandebug -i ral0 +scan+auth+assoc the only
error I receive is: "shared key auth failed (reason 15)"

At this point I'm stymied.  Any help would be very much


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