ath device appears broken

Sam Leffler sam at
Thu Jun 14 04:41:20 UTC 2007

Steve Kargl wrote:
> I updated a 23 May 07 kernel and world to today sources,
> and ath0 no longer works.  The first problem is that I
> do not use modules and modules are not built.  When I
> boot up, the console shows
> ieee80211_load_module: load the wlan_scan_sta module by hand for now.
> Great, I don't have a wlan_scan_sta module.  So, I can't get ath0
> to associate.


> The second problem is ifconfig appears to have lost channel
> setting capabilities.  I use this script to init my ath0 
> connect
> #! /bin/sh
> ifconfig ath0 inet
> ifconfig ath0 ssid "MySSID" mode 11g wepmode on
> #ifconfig ath0 ssid "MySIDD" mode 11g channel 11 wepmode on
> ifconfig ath0 wepkey 0xa_long_hex_number_goes_here deftxkey 1
> Note I have to comment out the line with "channel 11" in it.
> Furthermore, I see
> mobile:root[203] ifconfig ath0
> ath0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 1500
>         ether 00:13:46:c4:5a:c1
>         inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
>         media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11g (OFDM/12Mbps)
>         status: associated
> ifconfig: unknown/undefined channel number 11

What does ifconfig ath0 list chan show?  What happens if you remove
"mode 11g"?  How did you get this far if you don't have wlan_scan_sta?


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