I have been using an iBook since OS X came about but recently decided it
was time to give BSD a try. I picked up a new TINY Fujitsu P7010 and now
have it running FreeBSD 6 - current circa July
Wireless support was obviously a must for the laptop ( hence running
CURRENT to get support for my Atheros card. ) As someone new to BSD
wireless I was wondering if you guys could share with me some of your
favorite tools for wireless use. I have been somewhat frustrated with the
steps I currently take to discover new wireless access points.
To get wireless access:
1) Run Kismet, find some SSIDs that are open
2) Reboot! I can't seem to get my card out of Promisc mode otherwise
You can control promiscuous mode of a running card with ifconfig ath0
[-]promisc. The card may end up also in monitor mode. You can disable
monitor mode with ifconfig ath0 mediaopt -monitor.
I've just noticed I wrote the second command wrongly - it's 'ifconfig
ath0 -mediaopt monitor'.
On my system after I run kismet and exit, a stray kismet_server is left
running sometimes. I have to kill -9 its pid. I then do the command:
ifconfig ath0 -promisc -mediaopt monitor
This returns ath0 to normal and I can use wireless again. This may help