turning off the wireless network radio

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Wed Jul 15 00:35:01 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 12:53:42PM -0800, Mel Flynn wrote:
> On Tuesday 14 July 2009 12:28:40 Chad Perrin wrote:
> >
> > At first glance, it looks like the iwi equivalent is dev.iwi.0.radio,
> > where 1 is on and 0 is off.  It won't let me set it to 0, though,
> > claiming it's a read-only sysctl setting.
> >
> > . . . and trying to set the debug.iwi sysctl setting to 1 caused the
> > computer to reboot (not intended behavior, I'm sure).  Bah.  I wonder if
> > there's something wrong with my driver.
> There is plenty wrong with the driver, also with the product. Unfortunately, 
> Intel does not support the FreeBSD team with developers for the wireless cards 
> as they do with the wired cards and the iwi driver is particularly plagued.

Well . . . that's bad news, but it's good to know, I guess.  Thanks.  I
wonder if my inability to turn off the adapter is a driver issue.  There
are times I can get it to turn off -- but other times, I can't.

> At present the best working Intel wireless on FreeBSD is the wpi, but it is on 
> the virge of the same fate as Benjamin Close is lacking time to support it.
> There's a group of people working on improving iwn for the 5000 series, effort 
> spawned from this list, but as of yet I haven't seen anything hit the source 
> tree.

Thanks for the information.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
Quoth Christopher Hitchens: "What can be asserted without proof can be
dismissed without proof."
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