netgear wg311T and ath driver attaching

Doug Poland doug at
Sat Jun 11 14:32:24 GMT 2005

Luke St.Clair wrote:
> I'm attempting to use the netgear wg311T card, which I bought since the 
> ath man page and docs said it is supported under FBSD.
> I'm using the 5.4 release.
ath works on 5.x but I've seen much improvement in 6.x.

> I did:
> cd /sys/modules/ath;
> make; make install
> kldload if_ath
> and dmesg presents:
> ath0: <Atheros 5212> mem 0xdf000000-0xdf00ffff irq 18 at device 8.0 on pci1
> ath0: unable to attach hardware; HAL status 13
> device_attach: ath0 attach returned 6
> Which, from googling, seems to indicate the driver in -CURRENT will 
> probably work.  Is this true?
Yes, I'm using one on -CURRENT

> If so, is it possible to just download/compile the ath driver from 
> -CURRENT?  If so, how?
The driver is part of the system, you don't have to download/compile 
anything.  Simply put this in your /boot/loader.conf


> Or should I be able to make this work on a release system?
Yes, see above.


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