Solved Wireless network adapter?

Maelstorm

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What is a good wireless network adapter that works with FreeBSD these days?
 

ronaldlees

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To second pensador_13 's opinion, I also have had good success with the Ralink RT5370 on FreeBSD. It supports host mode as well, for doing a wireless AP if that's your fancy.
 

shepper

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Do you need pci, pci-E or usb? Want N300 or is 54Mbps OK?
RaLink, prior to being purchased by MediaTek, provided hardware specs to FreeBSD. For usb, pci and pci-E, anything RaLink is usually good. Mediatek is less so.
For pci-E, I also have good performance with rtl8188ce,

One caveat is the little usb nano adapters all look the same but have a multitude of different chipsets - Make sure you have an easy return if dmesg does not concur with what you tried to buy.
 
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I'm looking for a PCI card since that's what the mainboard supports. I do not think the machine that I am using has enough horsepower to handle a USB connection.
 

ronaldlees

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The only way I would reccomend RALink is on Arm boards with only USB interface to deal with.
Yeah - that's what I use the RaLinks for. The AMD boxes here have Atheros / PCIe, which seem to work well.
 

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Another solution which may be better is to grab a router/ap/device that supports OpenWrt and use it as a transparent bridge (wifi --> ethernet) if you prefer open source.
Most Range Extenders also supports this type of operation if you want to use vendor firmware.
 
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A little late in my reply, but I bought the device listed at the above link. It took some finagling and a crash course in how WiFi works on FreeBSD, but I now have it working. It works quite well in fact.
So to everyone who responded, I thank you for the time and effort you put into your answers.
 
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