FreeBSD as an Access Point

dweimer dweimer at
Sat Dec 22 04:25:03 UTC 2012

On 2012-12-21 16:19, Jason Taylor wrote:
> Maybe the pfSense project might have some useful info for you.
> On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM, Derek Funk <dfunk6 at> wrote:
>> Not familiar with it my self but soekris 
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>> are embedded systems with BSD in mind.
>> On 12/21/2012 3:12 PM, dweimer wrote:
>>> Just wondering if anyone has used FreeBSD (or NanoBSD) on any small 
>>> form
>>> factor broads such as PC Engines Alix, or similar hardware.  And 
>>> how well
>>> it has worked for them, and what hardware they used.
>>> I have been having a lot of performance issues with my home 
>>> wireless, and
>>> am considering replacing the current APs early next year.  I wanted
>>> something a little more flexible than the standard consumer AP, 
>>> without
>>> spending the money for a high end Cisco AP (I do realize that the 
>>> hardware
>>> will run me in the range of their low end APs).  My early searching 
>>> shows I
>>> should be able to get an Alix board, Wireless Card, and Antennas 
>>> for around
>>> $300.
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Probably should have been more clear, when I was asking about FreeBSD 
on something like Alix, left out the "as an access point" that I was 
thinking.  I have a pfSense system running on an Alix board as my 
Router/Firewall, incredibly happy with it, but already using a Soekris 
VPN1411: Crypto accelerator in the miniPCI slot to help out with my 
IPSec tunnel to work.  Otherwise I would just add a wireless card to 
test it out on that box.  Definitely don't want wireless and router 
together long term though, as I like to be able to take one down without 
the other when doing upgrades.

    Dean E. Weimer

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