Wireless pc card on FreeBSD 6.0

Robert Fitzpatrick lists at webtent.net
Mon Nov 21 20:26:41 GMT 2005

I have my wireless card associating with my access point using the
following command from the doc at:


# ifconfig ath0 inet netmask 0xffffff00 ssid WEBTENT
# ifconfig
        inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
        inet6 fe80::280:c8ff:fe1f:9655%ath0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x5
        ether 00:80:c8:1f:96:55
        media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect (DS/11Mbps)
        status: associated
        ssid WEBTENT channel 6 bssid 00:05:5d:89:c8:78
        authmode OPEN privacy OFF txpowmax 32 protmode CTS bintval 100

But cannot browse the network at all. I also have a wired connection to
the network on the laptop and cannot ping the address assigned to the
wireless card unless the wired connection is connected, why would this

Also, of course, as you can see above, I need to get WEP going, but not
sure how to specify the WEP key in ASCII or determine the HEX needed
from the ASCII key, can someone suggest how this is done? And I'd like
to get it to use DHCP, how would I do this?


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