Newbie wirless install question

Scott Miller smaction at
Sun Jun 8 15:13:42 PDT 2003

Hi List,

I am attempting to install FreeBSD on my Dell Inspiron 8100 laptop.  I am
using partition magic (boot magic) and Windows 2000 Pro on the machine
already.  The install goes fine.  When selected, the machine boots into
FreeBSDand I can access my router and the Internet through the built-in
10/100 NIC.  X windows, sound and my wireless card are not working.  I want
to solve these one at a time starting with wireless.

I am using a NETGEAR MA401 PCMCIA card and a MR314 wireless router with 128
bit encryption.  Both pieces of equipment work under windows.  After I boot
into freebsd I use ifconfig to set the SSID and the wepkey.  The link light
on the card is solid (this usually means the card is configured and
connected correctly).

However, I cannot even ping my router.  I have read the man page for
wlconfig but, I have been unable to correctly apply it to situation.

I consider myself an experienced computer user but, I am brand new to
FreeBSD, detailed instructions and explainations would be appreciated.

Please help.

Thank you,


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