PRISM3(PCMCIA) and/or wi(4) driver unable to do WPA?

Doug Poland doug at
Thu Mar 8 04:04:58 UTC 2007

On Wed, March 7, 2007 17:57, Patrick Bowen wrote:
> Doug Poland wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I have just acquired a Linksys "Instant Wireless Network PC Card"
>> 802.11b wireless NIC.  When plugged into a 6.2 i386 laptop, dmesg
>> reports:
>> wi0: <The Linksys Group, Inc. Instant Wireless Network PC Card> at
>> port 0x100-0x13f irq 11 function 0 config 1 on pccard1
>> wi0: using RF:PRISM3(PCMCIA)
>> wi0: Intersil Firmware: Primary (1.1.0), Station (1.4.2)
>> wi0: Ethernet address: 00:06:25:18:6e:1d
>> When I attempted to connect to my WPA-PSK WAP, wpa_supplicant(8)
>> just hangs.  When I turned off encryption on the WAP, and enter:
>> # dhclient wi0
>> Then the NIC connects just fine.  So the question is, is the NIC or
>> the wi(4) driver incapable of WPA encryption?
> Try adding;
> ifconfig_wi0="DHCP"
> to /etc/rc.conf.
> That way it will run dhclient automatically whenever you plug the card
> in.
I don't have a problem running dhclient, I have a problem with WPA. 
Initially, my rc.conf said:

ifconfig_wi0="WPA DHCP"

and I had the correct entry in my /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf.  I could
not connect to my WAP until I turned off WPA, as I stated in my OP.


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