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pfSense English Support => Wireless => Topic started by: caldwell on January 31, 2018, 07:07:46 am

Title: Will Intel AC3160 and/or 802.11ac be supported in the GUI any time soon?
Post by: caldwell on January 31, 2018, 07:07:46 am
I have a chance to use one of these cards for dual band support and wanted to know if 802.11ac is going to be added to the GUI any time in the next 3 months, 6 months or 12 months.

Any developers or admins who can weigh in?

We are looking to replace some aging Soekris boxes and want to use newer wifi technology.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Will Intel AC3160 and/or 802.11ac be supported in the GUI any time soon?
Post by: johnpoz on January 31, 2018, 07:23:10 am
I would say no.. Wifi under freebsd is really just not a viable option as AP.. If you want wifi AC or actually good wifi at all, with current features - spend a couple of bucks and get an actual AP.. or 2 or 3, etc.  So $20 wifi router used as AP would be far better than anything thing you could expect to run under freebsd/pfsense.
Title: Re: Will Intel AC3160 and/or 802.11ac be supported in the GUI any time soon?
Post by: kpa on January 31, 2018, 08:10:15 am
It's really a question if the hardware vendors would change their support policies in that time frame and in such a way that developing FreeBSD drivers (native and with source code) for the hardware would become viable. All the signs so far indicate a big no.
Title: Re: Will Intel AC3160 and/or 802.11ac be supported in the GUI any time soon?
Post by: remlei on February 06, 2018, 04:51:30 pm
in the first place, intel wifi chipset is never been seen supporting in AP mode.

so yeah, you will never see a AP mode support on that wifi chipset probably forever.
Title: Re: Will Intel AC3160 and/or 802.11ac be supported in the GUI any time soon?
Post by: SammyWoo on February 21, 2018, 11:16:32 pm
God I hope not.  Pfsense is first and foremost a firewall, and an industrial strength at that and does that job well. It has some routing functionality because well, there could be multi-WAN and multi-LAN to deal with, but now u want to throw WIFI at it, like the rest of the world are selling you these all-in-one boxes, Jack of all Trades and Master of None?

In a robust environment, a box should do a specific job, I would rather have pfSense extend to layer-4, layer-5 processing etc.  WIFI to me is really an ancillary function and needs to be deployed, physically, often, away from the "closet." 

Keep your front door security separate from WIFI.