em0 NIC slow on 8.2-p1 amd64?

Jerry jerry at seibercom.net
Thu Jul 21 19:56:09 UTC 2011

On Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:31:25 +0000
Peter Harrison articulated:

> Sorry for top posting. My 'phone makes it awkward.
> I use ndis for the wifi connection in my netbook. Was trivial to
> convert the Windows driver, and it works without issue.
> Anyone know whether it could do 'N' class devices, to address Jerry's
> longstanding (and vocal, and justified) complaint - so that we can
> have an argument about why I'd rather configure my wireless manually
> in a text file and not have it done automagically by the OS and not
> be side-tracked by the non-availability of drivers?

Problem one was that NDIS was not working on 64 bit systems. I believe
that has been addressed; however I cannot confirm it. The last time I
tired was approximately three months ago. It would not work on the
system, ie, the system would not use the driver. I even tried a piece
of shit USB device (N protocol) on another one of my FreeBSD machines,
and that failed also. The last of my FreeBSD laptops is now gone; they
are all Win7 machines. I still have two towers, one with wireless USB
that fails on FreeBSD.

Now, I have absolutely no problem with you manually creating a file(s),
etc to get a connection created. On the other hand, my 10 year old
niece was visiting a few weeks ago. Like all kids, she had her laptop
with her. Upon turning it on, it discovered my wireless network. All I
had to do was give her the password, and she was on. Of course we are
not talking about network discovery and but rather the act of getting a
wireless card working in the first place. To a degree, they are
connected though.

Computers should make life easier, not more complicated. Manually
having to discover what form of encryption is being used on a network
when it can be done automatically, etcetera, just does not suit my
definition of easier. I would much rather be playing a round of golf
while you are debugging a wireless connection. So if you are looking
for an argument as to why you should not be manually forced to
configure a simple device that can and is automatically handled by
other OSs, you will not get an argument from me. That is unless you
think that I should also be forced to do the same. The "Marquis de
Sade" isn't my hero and I am definitely not into "sadism".

Jerry ✌
jerry+fbsd at seibercom.net

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