BSD Wireless

Chris racerx at
Fri Oct 22 20:07:34 PDT 2004

On Friday 22 October 2004 10:03 pm, Andrew L. Gould wrote:
> On Friday 22 October 2004 08:21 pm, Chris wrote:
> > On Friday 22 October 2004 08:17 pm, Luke Kearney wrote:
> > > Hi List,
> > > I am looking to purchase a wireless PCI card for a new machine here
> > > at my home. I was wondering if anyone can share sucess or horror
> > > stories about the Elecom range of products. I am wanting to use one
> > > machine as the access point and one machine as the client. I wasn't
> > > planing to deploy a hardware access point though if the consensus
> > > is that a hardware access point is the better way to go I could
> > > certainly start looking at this.
> > >
> > > Thanks
> >
> > Just read what hardware is supported to date, buy it, then you can't
> > go wrong. Pretty easy, aye?
> Sadly, no.  Vendor's have changed chipsets without changing model
> numbers or documenting the chipsets used on retail boxes.  Further,
> many of the pci cards that are documented as being compatible with
> FreeBSD are no longer easy to find.
> The advantages of a hardware access point include:
> 1. Access and firewall configuration are done easily via a web browser.
> 2. They are OS-neutral.
> For anyone running FreeBSD 5* who needs a new wireless card (pci or
> pccard), I would suggest looking at the D-Link products that use the
> Atheros chipset.  D-Link is displaying the Atheros logo on the retail
> boxes, which lowers the risk of a bad purchasing decision.
> (I'm not an advocate for D-Link or Atheros; but I am in favor of more
> useful information on retail boxes.)

I prefer NetGear - woiks well for me...

Best regards,

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