Thinkpad Wireless

Rem P Roberti remegius at
Mon Aug 23 03:00:53 UTC 2010

> On 8/22/10 8:12 PM, Rem P Roberti wrote:
>>   I just acquired an IBM Thinkpad R51 on which I have installed 8.1
>> Release.  I have scoured the handbook and tried a number of different
>> combinations in /etc/rc.conf and /boot/loader.conf to get the wireless
>> working, but so far with no luck.  Can anyone give me a heads up on
>> getting wireless operating on this laptop?
> Hi Rem,
> First off, do you know what wireless chipset you have?  You can find out
> using:
> 	pciconf -lv
> though without knowing what manufacturer, I can't quite say what to look
> for.  As far as the settings, have a look at this section of the handbook:
> particularly where you configure wlan0 as the interface in rc.conf -
> pre-8.0-RELEASE, the convention was to use:
> 	ifconfig_ath0="DHCP"
> where iwn0 was an Atheros-based chipset.  The new way is to set the
> following in rc.conf:
> 	wlans_ath0="wlan0"
> 	ifconfig_wlan0="DHCP"
> Maybe you can put the output of the pciconf command I referenced earlier
> on pastebin - I think that might help us get you in the right direction
> faster.
> Regards,

Thanks for your help so far.  Yes, I have looked at the handbook section 
on wireless, and as a matter of fact I installed 8.1 on an ancient 
Compaq Presario (6GB HD!) and was able to configure the Atheros wireless 
pci card so that the computer works quite well.  OK...the info I gleaned 
from pciconf -lv shows:

device    = 'driverIntel PRO/Wirelss 220BG  (MPC13B'


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