ath driver within 5.4-RELEASE

Michal Mertl mime at
Tue Aug 16 21:18:51 GMT 2005

Glyn Tebbutt wrote:
> Michal Mertl wrote:
> > 
> > I don't know if 5.4 supports 11g but it I know it doesn't support too
> > much advanced authentication mechanisms (WPA).
> > 
> > I believe you need not only ath and ath_hal in the kernel config file
> > but also wlan and some ath_rate module (one of ath_rate_onoe,
> > ath_rate_amrr or ath_rate_sample). The recommended rate module is
> > ath_rate_sample.
> > 
> > Why do you compile the modules statically into the kernel? Modules
> > should work too.
> > 
> My other cards on linux dont support WPA yet anyway so I'm using WEP atm
> (yes I know its crappy and insecure:()
> I'm new to freebsd so im not exactly sure how everything works yet, so
> the kernel config builds all the stuff you need into the kernel but
> modules for everything else is still compiled?

Yes. By default all the modules are always compiled and installed
(in /boot/kernel/*.ko).

> because on my 6.0-BETA 2 ath module doesn't exists :?
> so in theory which module's do I need to load

Modules for network cards are called if_$cardname(.ko). So to load
ath(4) support you'd issue 'kldload if_ath'. The linker loads whatever
other modules are required for function of the module which aren't
compiled in or already loaded (so ath would load wlan, ath_rate and


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