|Subject:||driver for CompUSA wireless card?|
|From:||Bill Paul (wpa...@FreeBSD.ORG)|
|Date:||Jan 3, 2006 3:00:00 pm|
wpa...@FreeBSD.ORG (Bill Paul) wrote:
I just picked up CompUSA's generic PCI 802.11g card. FreeBSD did not recognize it after my install. I was able to get it to install using windows drivers. However, if possible I would like to use one of the native FreeBSD drivers. I've never done this sort of thing before.
Until such time as you do pciconf -lv to show us the PCI vendor/device ID for the card, there's no way anyone can help you.
Brian mailed to freebsd-questions as well, but with another subject and slightly more information. The card seems to work with ndis, but the netmask was wrong.
Yes, I did also post to freebsd-questions about a different thing. I try to keep my specialized questions to their respective lists. Sorry about not giving more detail about the card, I wasn't sure how to get the info you needed.
You're forgiven in this case. Normally I'd say "just look at the chip on the card" but with PCI wifi cards it's become standard practice to cover most of the circuitry with a metal RF shield. So you really can't tell what you have until you open the box and plut it in.
Anyway, I did the 'pciconf -lv' and the output is below. It would be cool if I could stop using the ndis driver if it's possible.
pciconf output: ndis0@pci0:10:0: class=0x020000 card=0x818510ec chip=0x818510ec rev=0x20 hdr=0x00 vendor = 'Realtek Semiconductor' class = network subclass = ethernet
Ah, you have a RealTek RTL8185. I should have known. (The 'CompUSA' 10/100 is a RealTek too.) Well, you've got a couple of problems:
1) There exists a RealTek wifi driver, but it's in NetBSD, not FreeBSD 2) That driver is for the RealTek 8180 chip which is 802.11b only, not the 8185.
So you're "stuck" with the NDISulator for the time being. But look at it this way: at least the card works. :)
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