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pfSense 2.1 - support for Sierra Wireless AirCard 313U?
« on: January 04, 2013, 11:08:16 am »
I have a Sierra Wireless AirCard 313U (branded AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G USB).  I am running the nanoBSD (i386) version of pfSense 2.1 BETA1 (20130104-0332) (512 MB image) on an ALIX board.  With the 313U connected at boot, FreeBSD/pfsense sees the device but the u3g driver does not seem to recognize it as an AirCard.  It does see the integrated flash drive that is built in to the device. 

It looks like someone created a FreeBSD patch to add support for the 313U: http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?pr=165154

I'm guessing this patch was not included in the pfSense builds for u3g?  Would it be possible to add support for this device in future builds of 2.1?

If you need any additional information let me know and I can get it.

Also- thanks for creating a great product- I've been using pfSense as my home router for a long time and love it.

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Re: pfSense 2.1 - support for Sierra Wireless AirCard 313U?
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2013, 03:38:54 pm »
Update- it does look like the FreeBSD patch that was supposed to add support for the 313U is part of the standard FreeBSD 8.3 sources.  On a FreeBSD 8.3 (non pfSense) system I can see that device information for the 313U is referenced in the following source files:

/src/sys/dev/usb/usbdevs
/src/sys/dev/usb/serial/u3g.c

I'll have to see if the u3g module will recognize the device when it is hooked up to this stock FreeBSD 8.3 system.

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Re: pfSense 2.1 - support for Sierra Wireless AirCard 313U?
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2013, 06:13:15 pm »
I have the same modem that I would like to use on a home built box with a VIA C7 (http://www.jetway.com.tw/jw/ipcboard_view.asp?productid=565&proname=NF76-1G5-LF).  I see the device being recognized on the console, but it doesn't show up as a serial device in the web configuation menus.  If you could offer me any advice on how to get this working, that would be awesome.

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Re: pfSense 2.1 - support for Sierra Wireless AirCard 313U?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013, 09:36:59 pm »
We have a newer u3g than stock FreeBSD 8.3 has, everything 8.3 supports and more should be there. That particular card may need to have its device ID added.

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Re: pfSense 2.1 - support for Sierra Wireless AirCard 313U?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2013, 10:17:59 pm »
Any guidance on how to accomplish that?

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Re: pfSense 2.1 - support for Sierra Wireless AirCard 313U?
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2013, 10:49:29 am »
Just some additional info, as I too have been attempting to get this card working with pfsense v2.0.1

http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?pr=165154

Appears it's a dirty matter of recompiling the kernel. I'm looking for other solutions such as replacing modules with newer software versions, if such a solution exists.

Jason