Drivers in FreeBSD are referred to by their driver name, followed by 4 , such as ath 4. The “device” line is for kernel config. A variety of wireless cards are supported in FreeBSD Steve Wills 1, 6 9. If you never tried working with this specific device its not a shame not to comment on other member questions. But I think they are all driver names and that iwa is a new driver that is currently developed. Support offered by the drivers does overlap for some cards.

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This card supports multiple VAPs and stations, up to eight of each.

Raphael Ahrens 6, 5 28 Find all posts by bsd-keith. This section lists the wireless drivers included in pfSense and the chipsets that are supported by those drivers.

All times are GMT. Steve Wills 1, 6 9. Find all posts by ramib. In particular, some Intel cards can be used in infrastructure mode as clients but cannot run in access point mode due to limitations of the hardware itself. Last edited by ramib; 18th February at Find all posts by aht0. Other cards may be supported, but do not support all available features. If it doesn’t you might want to trying using ifconfig with the wlan0 interface rather than iwn0 to troubleshoot it For this reason, we recommend avoiding cards from the major manufacturers.


Some of the post is missing but this is the right driver.

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The RT ral 4 chip is the only model listed as capable of If this will not be the the right driver: Oh, I think the i is for intel and w is for freebsdd, after that I think it’s somewhat arbitrary. Did you read the the handbook page in the link I posted above? I think and I believe doesn’t help here If you care please read slowly from the beginning of this thread and try to understand freegsd is the issue here.

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These are different driver names for different devices. The bwn 4 driver is preferred for the cards it supports while the bwi 4 driver must be used on the older iwj not covered by bwn 4.

If you’d read the handbook, this thread would end fast and your wifi would be working in FreeBSD. The cards in this section support acting as an access point to accept connections from other wireless clients.

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This information was derived from the FreeBSD man pages for the drivers in question. The iwa driver you found just might work, but be aware that getting it built isn’t trivial and will take some work. Most pfSense developers work with Atheros hardware, so it tends to be the most recommended hardware. Currently this information is held on a public Google Docs spreadsheet linked from the documentation wiki article on wireless support. If there’s “no point”, then just use OpenBSD, but don’t blame FreeBSD, it’s forums or it’s users for your own errors and apparent inability to read basic documentation.


Post as a guest Name. The iwn man page and the iwi man page document these drivers.

freebse Last edited by cynwulf; 18th February at The 4 refers to the kernel interfaces section of the man page collection, in this case specifying a network driver.

But I think they are all driver names and that iwa is a new driver that is currently developed. My presumption is that iw stands for something like Intel Wireless?

If a card is already on hand, it is worth trying to see if it is compatible. This is referred to freebse hostap mode.