How stable is FreeBSD WiFi support?

Yuri yuri at
Fri Oct 3 20:11:52 UTC 2008

I have FreeBSD-70 machine and Linux Gentoo machines side by side (within 
10 feet).
Gentoo Linux (with old AirLink101) connects to a particular encrypted 
WEP network without any problems all the time.
FreeBSD (with ral0 device and native driver) connection is very 
unstable, keeps disappearing, though network card shows signal level as 
dhclient fails to set up the card, often dhclient succeeds but all name 
lookups fails. When internet connection is established all TCP 
connections get dropped after 10-20 minutes or less.

I feel like I hit some bug in FreeBSD WiFi networking support.

Anyone has similar experience?

FreeBSD 7.1-PRERELEASE FreeBSD 7.1-PRERELEASE #0: Sat Sep 27 
15:23:29 PDT 2008     yuri at  i386

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