Help getting Compaq Wireless LAN card working

Kevin Oberman oberman at
Sun Nov 16 10:01:34 PST 2003

> Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 11:51:14 -0500
> From: stan <stanb at>
> Sender: owner-freebsd-mobile at
> I am trying to get my Compaq wireless LAN card for my N410C working.
> I've looked at:
> Given that information, I've added the apropriate itmes to my kernle (It's
> a device awi Prisim chipset, right?).

I think you want the wi driver. You can load it with 'kldload
if_wi'. awi is a special driver for the developers to use to try to
resolve some issues with a specific chip-set and is only for use if
the normal wi driver won't work. I don't think it support Prism chips.

> Now when I boot the machine I get the following in dmesg:
> ugen0: Compaq Computers Compaq WLAN MultiPort W200, rev 1.10/0.00, addr 2

ugen is a generic USB device. Is this a USB connected wireless?

> and if config looks like this:
>         inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
> 		ether 00:d0:59:c6:41:bf media: Ethernet autoselect (10baseT/UTP)
> 		status: active lp0: flags=8810<POINTOPOINT,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST>
> 		mtu 1500 
> faith0: flags=8003<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 
> lo0: flags=8049<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 16384
> 	inet netmask 0xff000000 ppp0: flags=8010<POINTOPOINT,MULTICAST>
> 	mtu 1500 
> sl0: flags=c010<POINTOPOINT,LINK2,MULTICAST> mtu 552
> So it's the faith0 device, right?

No. faith0 is the IPv4 to IPv6 pseudo device. You have no wireless
device. It should configure as wi0 if it's a PCCard. I'm not too sure
about what it will look like if it's USB.

> But when I run:
> brown2# wicontrol -f 7
> wicontrol: SIOCSWAVELAN: Device not configured
> So, what steps have I left out? Or am I confused?

Just a bit confused.

If this does not fix things, please include a full dmesg output and
full kernel config or pointer to where they can be found.
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
E-mail: oberman at			Phone: +1 510 486-8634

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