Status of 3945ABG and others

Max Laier max at
Sun Nov 19 10:56:19 PST 2006

On Sunday 19 November 2006 19:26, Torfinn Ingolfsen wrote:
> On Sat, 18 Nov 2006 22:26:08 +0100
> Christian Lopez de Castilla Wagner <lopisaur at> wrote:
> > Sound is ALC861,
> Probably HDA, you should test the snd_hdac driver. Look on -multimedia
> mailinglist for clues.
> > wireless 3945ABG.
> As far as I know (and I'm interested, because I have a laptop with
> this device myself), nothing has happened on this front. It seems that
> Intel, for reasons of their own, isn't able to (or doesn't want to)
> release necessary docs to make a good driver.
> OpenBSD (4.0) have support for this via the wpi driver, but it doesn't
> support WPA yet, only WEP.

There is an experimental FreeBSD version of this driver available via: ... there are a couple of 
people interested in getting this working, see Threads on freebsd-net@ 
from October and November.

> Your best bet would be to
> a) exchange the network card, if possible. Some laptop network cards
> are miniPCI and can be exchanged, but I do not know if this is the case
> for the 3945ABG.
> b) use an external usb network "dongle". Look at the ural driver, you
> can find some of the supported devices quite cheap. I dont know how
> good they are, I have just tested one, and have some issues with it
> (stability) but haven't been able to rule out if it is something with
> my setup yet.

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