need help setting up wireless on my computer

Fabian Keil freebsd-listen at
Mon Jan 2 12:41:57 PST 2006

Brian John <brianjohn at> wrote:

> I just went to compUSA and bought their generic 802.11g PCI wireless 
> card.  I was able to install it using the windows drivers at ndis0
> (see output from ifconfig below).
> The problem I'm having is I seem to be able to connect, but can't
> talk to anything.  I am using WEP encryption and I am not
> broadcasting my SSID.  My laptop running windows works flawlessly.
> I've tried this command to connect to the network:
> ifconfig ndis0 inet netmask ssid Brian 
> wepmode on wepkey <my key> channel 9
> ...and it seems to connect (see output from ifconfig after connected 
> below).  However, I can't ping my router and I can't get on the 
> Internet.  Can someone please help me out?

> ifconfig ndis0
> ndis0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
>         inet6 fe80::20e:2eff:fe6d:4c9d%ndis0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x4
>         inet netmask 0xffffffff broadcast
>         ether 00:0e:2e:6d:4c:9d
>         media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect (OFDM/54Mbps)
>         status: associated
>         ssid Brian 1:Brian
>         channel 9 authmode OPEN powersavemode OFF powersavesleep 100
>         rtsthreshold 2312 protmode CTS
>         wepmode MIXED weptxkey 1
>         wepkey 1:40-bit

Check the netmask. It probably should be

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