6.0 and wireless setup - documentation?
sam at errno.com
Thu Nov 10 16:13:24 PST 2005
Torfinn Ingolfsen wrote:
> After upgrading my laptop (Thinkpad T41) to FreeBSD 6.0, I was ready
> to try out the new wireless functionality.
> My wireless router uses WPA, and I use dhcp on my network.
> I checked the handbook, the faq and did a search on Google for "freebsd
> wireless wpa".
> 1) Where are the documentation?
> There are man pages for ifconfig, wpa_supplicant and wpa_supplicant.conf
> (BTW, that man page fails to tell you that the file belongs in /etc),
> but there are no "how to set up all necessary files and config for
> wireless with WPA" articles anywhere (that I could find).
The documentation leaves a lot to be desired.
> 2) It seems that we are missing some infrastructure bits (or
> documentation) in /etc/rc.conf. I can use 'ifconfig_ath0="DHCP"' in
> /etc/rc.conf to tell it to start dhclient for that interface, which is
> fine. But how do I tell the system to start wpa_supplicant?
> As far as I could find out, there are no "wpa_" knobs in
> /etc/defaults/rc.conf and the /etc/rc.d/wpa_supplicant script is missing
> How is this supposed to work, actually?
> I can get the wireless work manually, like this:
> a) in /boot/loader.conf:
> (I got an error message that said the the wlan_tkip modulen should be
> loaded manually for now)
Yes, the crypto modules need to be loaded by hand for now. There are
locking issues that make loading on demand painful and I never got
around to welding the crypto modules into the wlan module.
> b) in /etc/rc.conf:
> c) run /etc/rc.d/wpa_supplicant start ath0
> But how do I automatically run wpa_supplicant on startup?
> I'm running 6.0-stable:
> root at kg-jobbpc3# uname -a
> FreeBSD kg-jobbpc3.kg4.no 6.0-STABLE FreeBSD 6.0-STABLE #0: Sun Nov 6
> 01:33:12 CET 2005
> root at kg-jobbpc3.kg4.no:/storage/usr/obj/storage/usr/src/sys/GENERIC
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