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Currently there are no cards supported and working in FreeBSD that will operate in both bands concurrently. Support offered by the drivers does overlap for some cards. We have tested cards using those chipsets and they work well. As in other similar cases, though the chips supported by urtwn 4 and rsu 4 are capable of We have a spreadsheet online with more complete details of hardware support, including more chipsets and example device models that are supported by certain drivers.

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Currently this information is held on a public Google Docs spreadsheet linked from the documentation wiki article on wireless support.

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This is referred to as hostap mode. Several Intel adapters have a license restriction with a warning that appears in the boot log. Most pfSense developers work with Atheros hardware, so it tends to be the most recommended hardware. The cards freeebsd this section support acting as an access point to accept connections from other wireless clients. This wppi lists the wireless drivers included in pfSense and the chipsets that are supported by those drivers. Currently there are no cards supported and working in FreeBSD that will operate in both bands concurrently.

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The drivers are listed in order of frequency of use with pfSense, based on reports from users. Given the limited use of these adapters as clients only, a GUI-based solution to acknowledge these licenses has not yet been created.

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We have tested cards using those chipsets and they work well. Many have success with other cards as well, and Ralink is another popular choice. Using two separate cards in one unit is not desirable as their radios may interfere.

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Linksys, D-Link, Netgear and other major manufacturers commonly change the chipset used in their wireless cards without changing the model number. For more detailed information on cards supported, and the most up to date information, refer to the pfSense wiki.

The ipw 4iwi 4and wpi 4 drivers have license files that must be read and agreed to. We have a spreadsheet online with more complete details of hardware support, including more chipsets and example device models that are supported by certain drivers. These may work using the In cases that require dual or multiple band support, we strongly recommend an external AP. The bwn 4 driver is preferred for the cards it supports while the bwi 4 driver must be used on the older cards not covered by bwn 4.

As in other similar cases, though the chips supported by urtwn 4 and rsu 4 are capable of Some cards have support for 2. The cards in this section are not capable of acting as access frreebsd, but may be used as clients in station mode, for example as a wireless WAN.

If a card is already on hand, it is worth trying to see if it is compatible. A variety of wireless cards are supported in Freesbd This card supports multiple VAPs and stations, up to eight of each.

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Most Atheros cards support four virtual access points VAPs or stations or a combination to create a wireless repeater. The 4 refers to the kernel interfaces section of the man page collection, in dpi case specifying a network driver. Other cards may be supported, but do not support all available features.

This information was derived from the FreeBSD man pages for the drivers in question. For this reason, we recommend avoiding cards from the major manufacturers. While one revision of a particular model may be compatible and work well, another card of the same model may be incompatible.

Support offered by freeebsd drivers does overlap for some cards. Drivers in FreeBSD are referred to wi their driver name, followed by 4such as ath 4. Of these, only certain chips supported by run 4 can support VAPs.

In particular, some Intel cards can be used in infrastructure mode as clients but cannot run in access point mode due to limitations of the hardware itself. The RT ral 4 chip is the only model listed as capable of Cards supported by the iwn 4 driver are documented by FreeBSD as supporting