Atheros QCA6174 driver

Eliphoria

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Hello FreeBSD forums! I'd love to make the switch to BSD as a current Linux user. However, my laptop is an Acer Aspire R5-571T-57Z0 and I can't seem to find the correct drivers. I know that in the installation of Debian, I had to grab extra firmware files. In looking around elsewhere, I found that I wouldn't be able to use the firmware files on BSD without having the drivers. When I boot into FreeBSD from USB to see if I can connect to wifi, the hardware isn't listed when using the "sysctl net.wlan.devices" command. I know that I probably should have done more searching before posting this question, but the answers I found weren't helpful. Please excuse my limited knowledge on the subject, everyone must start somewhere.
 

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Boot FreeBSD again and post the output of pciconf -lv. So we can see what kind of hardware your machine has. The command will show everything, even the things that aren't detected by FreeBSD.
 
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Eliphoria

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Device 1: Xeon E3-1200 v6/7th gen core processor host bridge/DRAM Registers
Device 2: HD Graphics 620
Device 3: Sunrise Point-LP USB 3.0 xHCI Controller
Device 4: Sunrise Point-LP Thermal subsystem
Device 5&6: Sunrise Point-LP Serial IO I2C Controller
Device 7: Sunrise Point-LP CSME HECI
Device 8: Sunrise ... SATA Controller AHCI mode
Device 9: Sunrise ... PCI Express Root Port
Device 10: [???]
Device 11: Sunrise ... LPC Controller
Device 12: Sunrise ... PMC
Device 13: Sunrise ... HD Audio
Dev 14: Sunrise ... SMBus
Dev 15: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac
 

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Erm, we would need everything. Especially the class, card and chip identification numbers.
 

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Give this a try, and feedback is welcomed by developer. He posted request for testing in one of the FreeBSD's Facebook groups.
 
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Eliphoria

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Thank you. It looks like I'll need to build the drivers first then FreeBSD from source. I have limited experience building from source, other than the Weston compositor and my own little C++ programs. My next hop might be a Linux From Scratch system before FreeBSD. Thanks for the information, I had been searching for that exact thing for days to no avail. I'm sorry to have you do my dirty work.
 

miklosq

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Give this a try, and feedback is welcomed by developer. He posted request for testing in one of the FreeBSD's Facebook groups.
Hello, it looks like you will need the FreeBSD-CURRENT development release and even then, it is not guaranteed to work . Do you know if installing the driver you referred to, will the wireless device work?
 
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