NetGear WG511T and WPA support on FreeBSD 8.2
hans at beastielabs.net
Thu Jan 19 14:22:03 UTC 2012
On 01/13/12 22:17, _ wrote:
> Since I've run into problems getting an ndisgen generated driver for my
> Realtek RTL8185 54M to work on
> my FreeBSD 8.2 (i386) system - kldload on the driver generates a permanent
> kernel crash-, I am currently
> thinking about buying the NetGear WG511T PCMCIA bus driven card.
> I would like to ask if there are any users on this list that make use of
> this card and that can confirm whether
> or not this cards works fine alongside with WPA/WPA2 on 8.2 or 9.0 if I
> decide to upgrade?
> I am aware of the supported hardware list. The card in discussion is not
> listed as supported.
> However, this could still be the case, since I read in an older 7.0 related
> http://www.daemonforums.org/showthread.php?t=1424 that it did work, at
> least at one point in time.
Maybe a bit late to react, but I have been traveling lately ...
I have two WPA511T adapters (slightly different from the WG511T you
refer to). I used them intensively for years in a pair of antique
Toshiba laptops and they have actually always worked (since 6.x, I
believe) without any issues and they still do with a recent 8.2-STABLE.
I use wpa_supplicant, mostly with WPA2.
It is recognized as follows:
ath0: <Atheros 5212> mem 0x88000000-0x8800ffff irq 10 at device 0.0 on
ath0: AR2413 mac 7.9 RF2413 phy 4.5
Of course there could still be PCMCIA issues on a different laptop, but
since the WG511T also has an Atheros 5212 chipset and Atheros chipsets
for 802.11g have excellent support in FreeBSD, I would expect it to
work, even with a GENERIC kernel.
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