RELENG_7 and atheros ....

Daniel O'Connor doconnor at
Thu Nov 15 22:03:18 PST 2007

On Fri, 16 Nov 2007, Eric Schuele wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm having some strangeness with respect to my atheros based card on
> releng_7.  This may not sound like much... but together they concern
> me. I'm wondering if anyone has seen similar things.
>   1) I've seen two panics while trying to bring the interface up over
> the last few weeks.
>   2) I get disconnected every night from my wireless router at home.
> 99% of the time it happens after I've gone to bed.  Once or twice...
> while I was sitting in front of it.  It just disassociates?
>   3) When I am at the office,  my card will *never* obtain an ip
> address from our DHCP server upon first booting.  I must *always*
> down the interface, kill dhclient, bring the interface up and start
> dhclient.
> Note that "nothing" has changed aside from upgrading to FreeBSD 7.0. 
> By this I mean I've used all/most/many of the same config files to
> configure things.  Maybe thats the problem, I don't know.
> What can I provide that might offer insight?  Below is a little.

"Me too" (although I am running -current).

I find that WPA-EAP seems to take ages to connect and quite often it will
need me to do wpa_cli reassociate and wait before it will work.

WPA-PSK doesn't seem to disconnect very often at all for me but I have seen
it happen.

My wpa_supplicant.conf..




The WPA-EAP AP is a WRT54G running OpenWRT, the WPA-PSK one is an Alloy
WDS24108AP (which I believe has some Atheros chipset in it)

[inchoate 16:30] ~ >dmesg | grep ath
ath_hal: (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413, RF5413)
ath0: <Atheros 5212> mem 0xfafe0000-0xfafeffff irq 9 at device 3.0 on pci2
ath0: [ITHREAD]
ath0: using obsoleted if_watchdog interface
ath0: Ethernet address: 00:90:96:c1:90:54
ath0: mac 5.9 phy 4.3 radio 4.6

[inchoate 16:31] ~ >uname -a
FreeBSD inchoate.localdomain 8.0-CURRENT FreeBSD 8.0-CURRENT #3: Tue Nov  6 02:13:04 CST 2007     darius at inchoate.localdomain:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/INCHOATE  i386

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