wireless setup help

Patrick Bowen pbowen at fastmail.fm
Sun Apr 16 18:53:58 UTC 2006

nathan at pratt.edu wrote:

>I'm having difficulties connecting to my roommate's apple airport.
>Following the guide I tried using a fixed IP:
>ifconfig ath0 netmask 0xffffff00 ssid "True That"
>but got "status: no carrier" and obviously couldn't ping anything.
>I believe WEP is turned off at the moment as my roommate joins without any
>next I tried the dhcp method from someone in the mailing list.  I added
>these lines to rc.conf then rebooted:
>ifconfig ath0 ssid "True That"
>at reboot dhcp wasn't able to pick up any leases and I saw "status: no
>carrier" on ifconfig ath0.
>FreeBSD wireless setup is new to me, so I'm probably missing something
>obvious.  The card is a DLink Airplus G and I have the if_ath.ko loading
>at boot without any problems.  Any hints are most appreciated. Thanks,
>freebsd-questions at freebsd.org mailing list
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Unless the Apple device is running a DHCP server (you didn't mention if 
you knew that to be true), setting "ifconfig_ath="DHCP"" in rc.conf will 
have no effect. Have you tried setting the IP and netmask and ssid to 
what your roommate's machine is using (just to see if it works)?

Also, the line in your rc.conf, "ifconfig ath0 ssid "True That"" is, I 
suspect, wrong. I'll bet it needs to be something like 
"ifconfig_ath0_ssid="True That".


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