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ath driver usage for Netgear WG511T - FreeBSD

I am trying to get a Netgear WG511T working with FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE. I noticed that this card was listed in my HARDWARE.TXT list, so I assumed it would be supported. Upon trying this card, having it fail, and doing some digging in pccard.conf, I see that it is not. I attempted to use ndis/if_ndis with the driver supplied with the card and it throws several errors as well. I do not have access to the error logs at the moment as I am currently compiling an upgrade to 5.4-PRERELEASE to attempt to correct the problem. Assuming this upgrade doesn't work, ...

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    Default ath driver usage for Netgear WG511T

    I am trying to get a Netgear WG511T working with FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE.

    I noticed that this card was listed in my HARDWARE.TXT list, so I assumed it would be supported. Upon trying this card, having it fail, and doing some digging in pccard.conf, I see that it is not. I attempted to use ndis/if_ndis with the driver supplied with the card and it throws several errors as well. I do not have access to the error logs at the moment as I am currently compiling an upgrade to 5.4-PRERELEASE to attempt to correct the problem.

    Assuming this upgrade doesn't work, how should I address this problem and assist with its resolution? Specifically, I am interested in using this card in a Toshiba Tecra 550CDT with the FlyingJ Travel Center's Wi-Fi system (http://www.tonservices.com/hisp_home.htm) as I travel a lot and would like to have a good, stable connection to use to login to my home servers.

    Rodger Castle
    Rodger Guest

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    Default Re: ath driver usage for Netgear WG511T

    On Sat, Mar 26, 2005 at 07:30:41AM -0500, Rodger Castle wrote: 
    I use the same card in a Dell C600 laptop on 5.3-STABLE with no
    problems.
     
    load if_ath.ko at boot


    --
    Regards,
    Doug
    Doug Guest

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    Default Re: ath driver usage for Netgear WG511T

    Thanks for the tip, Doug. I'm a bit sketchy on using and changing drivers as laptops seem to be the only time where non-standard drivers are required for me (by non-standard, I mean those not enabled by a default install). I just finished the recompile of 5.4-PRERELEASE and loaded the if_ath driver and no errors seem to be thrown from dmesg or syslog. I'll run out to the local truck stop tonight, see if it works, and report back. It seems FlyingJ has some specific requirements for their Wi-Fi system but it could be that this is my first time experimenting with wi-fi. At any rate, I'll put a full report of my findings tonight up here.

    Thanks again for the help.

    Rodger

    On Sat, 26 Mar 2005 07:37:10 -0600
    Doug Poland <org> wrote:
     
    > I use the same card in a Dell C600 laptop on 5.3-STABLE with no
    > problems.

    > load if_ath.ko at boot
    >
    >
    > --
    > Regards,
    > Doug
    >[/ref]
    Rodger Guest

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    Default Re: ath driver usage for Netgear WG511T

    On Sat, Mar 26, 2005 at 09:56:31AM -0500, Rodger Castle wrote: 
    > > I use the same card in a Dell C600 laptop on 5.3-STABLE with no
    > > problems.
    > >[/ref][/ref]
    ...snip... 
    > Thanks for the tip, Doug.
    >[/ref]
    No problem, BTW, please don't top post on the list.
     
    It's really just a matter of enabling support for the particular
    hardware in your computer.
     
    They may be requiring an SSID or some type of encryption. In my personal
    travel experience I've never come across a wireless provider that
    required either. For me, simply enabling the wireless NIC at boot time
    and "dhclient ath0" is all I've ever had to do. YMMV.

    --
    Regards,
    Doug
    Doug Guest

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