[RELENG_6] wireless woes

Michael Lestinsky michael at uugrn.org
Mon Aug 22 10:10:33 GMT 2005

Hi there,

Is there anyone having success in using ipw- or ath-type devices with
RELENG_6? Although both were working happily in RELENG_5 neither one does 
after the OS upgrade and I couldn't yet figure out why. They fail with very
different errors.


michael at mobi:~> kldstat
Id Refs Address    Size     Name
11    3 0xc07c7000 1c748    wlan.ko
12    1 0xc07e4000 2bf0     wlan_wep.ko
13    1 0xc07e7000 851c     if_ipw.ko

michael at mobi:~> ipwcontrol -i ipw0 -r
Radio is ON

michael at mobi:~> ipwcontrol -i ipw0
ipwcontrol: Can't retrieve statistics: No such file or directory

michael at mobi:~> grep ipw /etc/rc.conf  

However it doesn't associate with my accesspoint (a RELENG_5 machine as 
hostap). But reading the "wicontrol" output I find this one:

Current channel:                        [ 65535 ]

Even when I "ifconfig ipw0 channel 6" this funny value remains. I suspect
it could be a firmware problem. I'm loading the firmware from the recent port:

michael at mobi:~> pkg_info | grep ipw 
ipw-firmware-1.3_2  Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 Driver Firmware


Here the fun starts already at the stage of loading the kernel modules:

michael at mobi:~> sudo kldload if_ath
kldload: can't load if_ath: No such file or directory

michael at mobi:~> dmesg | tail -2
link_elf: symbol ath_hal_buildopts undefined
KLD if_ath.ko: depends on ath_hal - not available

Does anyone have any clue on this?


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