[Bug 214586] Handbook: discovery of wireless devices for 11.0-RELEASE

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Wed Nov 16 22:43:19 UTC 2016


            Bug ID: 214586
           Summary: Handbook: discovery of wireless devices for
           Product: Documentation
           Version: Latest
          Hardware: Any
                OS: Any
            Status: New
          Severity: Affects Only Me
          Priority: ---
         Component: Documentation
          Assignee: freebsd-doc at FreeBSD.org
          Reporter: woodsb02 at freebsd.org

The FreeBSD Handbook chapter for wireless devices needs to be updated for
changes in the behaviour of wireless interfaces on 11.0-RELEASE, which no
longer shows the parent wireless device as an interface in the output of

This makes the following statement in the 30.3.2. Quick Start sub-section
outdated (incorrect):
"2. Identify the wireless adapter. The FreeBSD GENERIC kernel includes drivers
for many common wireless adapters. If the wireless adapter is one of those
models, it will be shown in the output from ifconfig(8):

% ifconfig | grep -B3 -i wireless
If a wireless adapter is not listed, an additional kernel module might be
required, or it might be a model not supported by FreeBSD.

This example shows the Atheros ath0 wireless adapter."

The new method to identify available wireless adapters is to use the command:
$ sysctl net.wlan.devices

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