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Hello,

I've purchased a WLE200NX wireless card which I strongly suspect should work fine with pfsense, but it, along with a dozen or so other atheros wireless cards that I've tried are not being detected by pfSense. The process I used to test if these cards would work for me is as follows.

Remove old adapter/install new adapter
fresh install pfsense 2.4.x
when the installation prompts to assign network interfaces, the wireless card is not listed (only the ethernet adapter is listed) - at this point it is assumed the card is not compatible.

I used to have an old acer aspire one that I reinstalled pfsense on a handful of times over the years and when fresh installing pfsense, the wireless adapter would be listed in the interface assignments portion of the installation.

I tried a handful of laptops with various atheros wifi cards, including the WLE200NX - These laptops will detect the wireless cards and can use them with Windows, but pfsense does not appear to detect them.

I see others on these forums using the WLE200NX, and in additionally it works with windows so I'm not suspecting a bios/firmware issue..

What am I doing wrong? Is there a process I can follow somewhere or can anyone share a similar experience where they were able to get pfsense working on a laptop with a wireless adapter?
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Re: WLE200NX wireless card not detected pfSense 2.4.x - What did I do wrong?
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2017, 02:13:10 am »
Hi,
on which hardware do you install the wifi card?
On some boards the mPCI slots only supports usb devices!
Some more information you'll finde here: https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=136224.0

best regards
Dirk

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Re: WLE200NX wireless card not detected pfSense 2.4.x - What did I do wrong?
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2017, 11:28:03 am »
Well that's an added revelation that I was completely unaware of... Thank you

However, because these cards work fine in another OS, is the notion that the 'mPCI slot may only support usb devices' somewhat irrelevant here?

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Re: WLE200NX wireless card not detected pfSense 2.4.x - What did I do wrong?
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2017, 05:58:28 pm »
Hhm, not sure how related the referenced thread is. But I can confirm the WLE200NX is generally working with pfSense 2.4.x. I am using an APU2C4 mainboard. What mainboard are you using?

I am currently struggling with a smaller issue with initialization after reboot and adjusting channel width https://redmine.pfsense.org/issues/7986. Apart from this the card is stable.

Peter

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Re: WLE200NX wireless card not detected pfSense 2.4.x - What did I do wrong?
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2017, 04:53:10 pm »
That card should work fine (assuming the slot supports it).

Check the output at the command line or from Diag > Comnmand Prompt of :
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pciconf -lv
You should see it listed there as:
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ath0@pci0:4:0:0: class=0x028000 card=0x3099168c chip=0x002a168c rev=0x01 hdr=0x00
    vendor     = 'Qualcomm Atheros'
    device     = 'AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)'
    class      = network

If it's there it probably just needs to be added correctly. The procedure changed slightly since 2.3.

Go to Interface > Assignments > Wireless Tab. Hit 'Add' you should see 'ath0 (Atheros 9280)' as an option. Give it a description and save that.

Now it should appear as available for assigning like any other interface.

Steve

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Hi everyone,

Thanks very much for your help so far, I really appreciate it!!

Unfortunately I am not able to verify what motherboards I was testing with as those devices have been donated elsewhere

However, I have purchased an SG-3100 from netgate. The sales rep assures me that the WLE200NX was sold for this device in the past. I have said wireless card installed in the SG-3100 now, and the card is STILL not being detected.

Words cannot convey the frustration this problem has caused me. The financial investment to harden my network against wpa2 KRACK is now well beyond sufficient to be embarrassing...

So basically, I opened the SG-3100, installed the WLE200NX and screwed it in place. Booted up the device, connected a LAN cable for my laptop, connected to the web interface, went to interfaces > Assignments > Wireless tab - in there, parent interface has only 'none  available'

I tried to go to diagnostics > Command prompt and execute pciconf -lv as a shell command however there is no readout above. I tried pciconf without the flag to see if I would get some output and the pciconf usage instructions were displayed, so the output is working.

I'd really appreciate any help you guys can provide to get this Wifi card working!
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