Intel/Pro Wireless 3945ABG working! now slow :(

Jason Nordwick jnordwick at
Sat Mar 21 08:27:07 PDT 2009

Now that I have wireless working, I can copy and paste into messages, yeah!

[jnordwick at jj ~]$ uname -a
FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE #0: Thu Jan  1
14:37:25 UTC 2009     root at

[jnordwick at jj ~]$ cat /etc/rc.conf

# -- sysinstall generated deltas -- # Wed Mar 18 20:34:14 2009
# Created: Wed Mar 18 20:34:14 2009
# Enable network daemons for user convenience.
# Please make all changes to this file, not to /etc/defaults/rc.conf.
# This file now contains just the overrides from /etc/defaults/rc.conf.
ifconfig_wpi0="ssid mamalinz DHCP"

And  I have no /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf

The card works great with windows, and no other machine in the house
(including Wii/PS3/PSP/Mac/Windows) have any problems connection or being

For hardware, the machine is a Dell Inspiron E1705 dual core. So could there
be SMP issues maybe?

When connected by a wire, the download speed is much faster so it seems to
be a wireless only problem.


On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 10:12 PM, Doug Barton <dougb at> wrote:

> Jason Nordwick wrote:
> > Thanks for all the help. The problem was just that I couldn't figure out
> > which device I needed to use and the information to turn on the device
> > was in the man page that I didn't know about because it wasn't listed in
> > the device output. Doh.
> >
> > Thank you everybody for your help. It all works now (except I still find
> > it clunky to manage the networks I want to join, but I figure I'll find
> > something out there to help with that or be able to write a script to do
> > it).
> >
> > Now, I just have speed issues. For example, right now I am trying to
> > install some ports, but maxing out the download at about 4-6 k/sec. Did
> > I not include wpi0.makefast="YES" or something?
> It's impossible to help you diagnose this without a lot more
> information. What version of FreeBSD are you using? What settings do
> you have in rc.conf and (if appropriate) /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf?
> Have you tried the same card with the same AP(s) with another
> operating system?
> I have this same card and it works quite well in both FreeBSD and
> Windows in 11g mode with my Linksys WRT54G AP on 8-current.
> hth,
> Doug

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