Atheros AR9460 and Acer Aspire V17 Nitro on FreeBSD 11 not working

Miguel Clara miguelmclara at
Sat Mar 21 15:08:20 UTC 2015

On Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 8:17 AM, Anders Bolt-Evensen <andersbo87 at>

> Do you mean to check dmesg -a while doing "vmstat -ia | grep ath0"?
> I did run "wlandebug +scan", then ifconfig wlan0 up scan and then "vmstat
> -ia | grep ath0".
> The only output I got from "vmstat -ia | grep ath0" is:
> irq18: ath0        21   0
> The second time I ran that last command I got
> irq18: ath0        22    0
> It is worth mentioning that wifi with this Atheros card works just fine on
> Windows (I am using this wlan when typing this answer on Windows).
> There is a button that seems to enable airplane mode, but pressing this
> button does not seem to change anything as far as FreeBSD is concerned.
> Other than that button I can't find any button that enables or disables
> wifi.
> On 3/21/2015 5:22 AM, Kevin Oberman wrote:
>> On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 4:31 PM, Adrian Chadd <adrian at> wrote:
>>  Hm, ok. either interrupts aren't working, or the thing is deaf. :(
>>> can you do that and then in another screen run vmstat -ia | grep ath0 ?
>>> I'd like to see if it's at least posting interrupts.
>>>  Could a bad antenna connection (loose plug/broken conductor/pinch to
>> chassis shorting to ground) explain this? Or would the hardware notice and
>> report this in all cases?
Guess it depends on the laptop model, on my acer I do have Fn-F3 (antena
icon) playing with with seems to have some effect:
ugen1.4: <vendor 0x0489> at usbus1 (disconnected)
ugen1.4: <vendor 0x0489> at usbus1

But I didn't loose connection.

If relevant:
ugen0.1: <XHCI root HUB 0x8086> at usbus0, cfg=0 md=HOST spd=SUPER
(5.0Gbps) pwr=SAVE (0mA)
ugen1.1: <EHCI root HUB Intel> at usbus1, cfg=0 md=HOST spd=HIGH (480Mbps)
pwr=SAVE (0mA)
ugen2.1: <EHCI root HUB Intel> at usbus2, cfg=0 md=HOST spd=HIGH (480Mbps)
pwr=SAVE (0mA)
ugen0.2: <Targus Soft-Touch Cordless Mouse SONiX> at usbus0, cfg=0 md=HOST
spd=FULL (12Mbps) pwr=ON (100mA)
ugen1.2: <product 0x0024 vendor 0x8087> at usbus1, cfg=0 md=HOST spd=HIGH
(480Mbps) pwr=SAVE (0mA)
ugen2.2: <product 0x0024 vendor 0x8087> at usbus2, cfg=0 md=HOST spd=HIGH
(480Mbps) pwr=SAVE (0mA)
ugen0.3: <1.3M HD WebCam SuYin> at usbus0, cfg=0 md=HOST spd=HIGH (480Mbps)
pwr=ON (500mA)
ugen1.3: <USB2.0-CRW Generic> at usbus1, cfg=0 md=HOST spd=HIGH (480Mbps)
pwr=ON (500mA)
ugen1.4: <product 0xe04e vendor 0x0489> at usbus1, cfg=0 md=HOST spd=FULL
(12Mbps) pwr=ON (100mA)

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