Bug 213528 - New handbook section: 30.3. Wireless Networking / Well Supported Wireless Devices
Summary: New handbook section: 30.3. Wireless Networking / Well Supported Wireless Dev...
Status: In Progress
Alias: None
Product: Documentation
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Documentation (show other bugs)
Version: Latest
Hardware: Any Any
: --- Affects Only Me
Assignee: freebsd-wireless (Nobody)
Keywords: patch
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-10-16 03:00 UTC by Yuri Victorovich
Modified: 2019-09-15 05:17 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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patch (1.27 KB, patch)
2016-10-16 03:00 UTC, Yuri Victorovich
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Description Yuri Victorovich freebsd_committer 2016-10-16 03:00:19 UTC
Created attachment 175811 [details]

Added a section listing the WiFi USB and Mini PCIe devices that are known to work well. A lot of devices are listed in the driver man pages, but as I found many of them have issues.

This list has value since it can direct people who need to buy a WIFi card in the right direction, and save them an aggravation of buying a card that doesn't actually work.

The list is incomplete, of course. It can be added to later.
Comment 1 Chris Rees freebsd_committer 2018-12-24 20:22:21 UTC
Although I personally use Ralink and Realtek and know they work OK, I'm nervous about putting this in.

I've used many different WiFi cards, and I have to say I've always been impressed with FreeBSD's support of them, especially when first moving from Linux and ndiswrapper.  I think putting such a list in implies that our wifi support is flaky, and I really don't think it is!

Apart from anything else, the major work by the WiFi people has appeared to be in the ath driver, which I have also used and found good.

Have you had issues with any cards?
Comment 2 Yuri Victorovich freebsd_committer 2018-12-24 20:30:00 UTC
(In reply to Chris Rees from comment #1)

> Have you had issues with any cards?

All the time.

run0 device timeouts: https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=233226
ru0 also often fails to connect .
rtwn0 device also often fails to connect.
Comment 3 Yuri Victorovich freebsd_committer 2018-12-24 20:31:14 UTC
(In reply to Yuri Victorovich from comment #2)

* typo: run0 also often fails to connect .
Comment 4 Vitalio 2019-05-24 09:03:15 UTC
ath0 time to time logs bb hang detected, but works ok regardless.
Comment 5 Yuri Victorovich freebsd_committer 2019-05-24 13:40:03 UTC
(In reply to Vitalio from comment #4)

What is the cheapest WiFi device that one can find?
Comment 6 Vitalio 2019-05-24 14:57:14 UTC
(In reply to Yuri Victorovich from comment #5)
Pigeons ?
Comment 7 Chris Rees freebsd_committer 2019-09-09 20:35:52 UTC
Perhaps actually the Wireless guys might be the ones to ask?
Comment 8 Martin Waschbüsch 2019-09-15 05:17:36 UTC
(In reply to Vitalio from comment #6)