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Old 12-16-2009, 06:18 AM   #1
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openBSD Wifi Access point not advertising

Howdy all,

Been a while since I been on here but i have finally graduated so I hope to get a few more home project pumping. This being the first

I am trying to build an openBSD wireless access point, drawing inspiration from a couple of online tutes including the following:

My problem however, is that the wireless is not advertising the ssid and I can't seem to connect manually. My configuration seems to be working properly, and setting up the interface right but that's all, it's not very useful though. I can't connect to it manually (says it can't find the network) and it's definitely not broadcasting the SSID

I have attached a dmesg and ifconfig, and also my /etc/hostname.ath0 file hoping someone might be able to let me know where/if I have gone wrong.

# dmesg | grep ath
ath0 at pci1 dev 10 function 0 "Atheros AR5212" rev 0x01: irq 11
ath0: AR5213 5.6 phy 4.1 rf5111 1.7 rf2111 2.3, FCC2A*, address 00:09:5b:c7:13:21
# less /etc/hostname.ath0
inet NONE media autoselect mediaopt hostap nwid bsdWAP_gw chan 6

# ifconfig ath0
        lladdr 00:09:5b:c7:12:21
        groups: wlan
        media: IEEE802.11 autoselect hostap (autoselect mode 11a hostap)
        status: active
        ieee80211: nwid bsdWAP_gw chan 6 bssid 00:09:5b:c7:12:21
        inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
        inet6 fe80::209:5bff:fec7:1321%ath0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x3
Lemme know if you wanted anything more.

Thanks for any help or suggestions in advance!


P.S - Not fussed about security yet, just want to get it connecting first.

# uname -a
OpenBSD foobar.local 4.4 GENERIC#1052 i386

Last edited by Nick0.jd; 12-16-2009 at 06:24 AM. Reason: openBSD version added
Old 12-18-2009, 07:14 AM   #2
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He he, Sweet!!!

Okay so i got it working with a little help from a BSD Guru at work who pointed me in a pretty simple direction :P which resulted in the command below.

# ifconfig ath0 media | grep hostap

Then it was just a matter of updating my /etc/hostname.ath0 according to one of the lines specified in the output of the above command resulting in the following /etc/hostname.ath0

# more /etc/hostname.ath0
inet NONE media autoselect mode 11b mediaopt hostap n
wid bsdWAP chan 6
Not exactly leaps and bounds from my original setup but it works... So I am happy... unfortunately though my card does not seem to support 11g hostap. But B will suffice for now.


Old 12-22-2009, 01:39 PM   #3
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From mode 11a to 11b, interesting.


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