Hello guys, I wrote to the freebsd-wireless@ list on 12 August, looking for a working USB wireless adapter that can work on HOSTAP mode. There was no reply on my message and so far i have been unsuccessful in finding any device that works without some kind of limitation.
The problems are: 1) FreeBSD supports only a limited range of wireless adapters, mostly older products that are not sold anymore or are hard to come by 2) FreeBSD has limitations on supported products, such as no working HOSTAP or no working 11n (only 11a/b/g) or no proper power-save features 3) FreeBSD lacks up-to-date information about actual supported products; many products have newer revisions which use different chipsets 4) Documentation is not complete; for example the urtwn manpage does not specify that HOSTAP is not supported under the CAVEATS section 5) Products are sold with different chipsets under the same name, products sold in the USA may work while the same product sold in the EU does not work 6) It is generally very hard to find out what chipset a product uses I've been trying for weeks to find a working solution. I have given up on 11n support, i just want things to work. I got fed up after trying two devices which should be supported but didn't work in the end, so i bought a bunch of devices and hoped that one would work: Asus WL-167 (supported by rum driver; because of missing power-save in HOSTAP mode it only works with some clients; andriod phones for example don't seem to work; they can connect but not perform any IP traffic) TP-LINK TL-WN822N (supported by urtwn, but despite manpage not mentioning this, HOSTAP mode is not supported; 11n not supported but documented) TP-LINK TL-WN821N TP-LINK TL-WN722N TP-LINK TL-WN725N (should be supported by urtwn, but only the USA versions; the EU version appears not to be supported by this driver at all; not documented) EnGenius EUB9707 (only device that actually works in HOSTAP mode; but without 11n support) Dlink GO-USB-N150 Eminent EM4579 (no info about this device) It appears the lack of HOSTAP-mode in the urtwn-driver was known by OpenBSD, from which the driver was imported. So then, why is this information not shared with us by including it in the urtwn manpage? There is a patch for the OpenBSD driver to add HOSTAP mode for this driver; i am not sure whether it can be applied to FreeBSD. Long story short; FreeBSD's wireless support is lacking. It's almost a complete mess. It takes many time and frustration for a user to get a working product that works decently with FreeBSD. And even then, it often works without features like 11n and proper power save features. It's one of the areas that FreeBSD is much behind in terms of hardware support compared to virtually every other operating system out there. That's a shame; FreeBSD would be an excellent wireless access point when paired with pf-firewall. I propose the following: create a wiki with a list of known working wireless products. Each product should note which chipset it uses, what driver it connects to, what features are suported (i.e. HOSTAP), what FreeBSD versions are supported, whether it is open source / binary blob, any license requirements (like Realtek) and a dmesg snippet where the driver is detected. It can be managed by a maintainer that accepts email reports from users who provide the required information. That way, we get a list of hardware that is known to work with FreeBSD that people can actually buy. Even a NewEgg-link or something to that effect can be provided. This website was a lot of help to me in figuring out what chipset a wireless product uses: https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Main_Page I propose something simpler for FreeBSD; just a single wiki page that lists products that either work or do not work. With very limited hardware support for wireless devices, such a list is needed very badly, to prevent other people from going through the same hellhound that i've gone through. If even just a handful of wireless devices that are still being sold are known to be working with FreeBSD, this list would be very helpful i would presume. Anyone who likes this idea? _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-wireless To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-wireless-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"