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> Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 22:08:13 -0600
> From: Eric Schuele
> Sender: owner-freebsd-current@freebsd.org
>
> Hello,
>
> I'm having some strangeness with respect to my atheros based card on
> releng_7. This may not sound like much... but together they concern me.
> I'm wondering if anyone has seen similar things.
>
> 1) I've seen two panics while trying to bring the interface up over
> the last few weeks.


I have not seen this.

> 2) I get disconnected every night from my wireless router at home.
> 99% of the time it happens after I've gone to bed. Once or twice...
> while I was sitting in front of it. It just disassociates?


Try 'ifconfig ath0 -bgscan'. Something causes my card to lose
association periodically when the background scan is in progress.

> 3) When I am at the office, my card will *never* obtain an ip address
> from our DHCP server upon first booting. I must *always* down the
> interface, kill dhclient, bring the interface up and start dhclient.


Are you running wpa_supplicant? Are you using WPA, WEP or running open?
I see the card get "stuck" when scanning. It scans channels, but only
for WPA secured APs. When needing to associate with a WEP or open AP, it
never leaves WPA mode, so never associates.

I am also running BETA2 on a 5212 card in a T43 ThinkPad.
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R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
E-mail: oberman@es.net Phone: +1 510 486-8634
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> Note that "nothing" has changed aside from upgrading to FreeBSD 7.0. By
> this I mean I've used all/most/many of the same config files to
> configure things. Maybe thats the problem, I don't know.
>
> What can I provide that might offer insight? Below is a little.
>
> uname
> FreeBSD fangorn.nxdomain.org 7.0-BETA2 FreeBSD 7.0-BETA2 #0: Sat Nov 3
> 01:59:25 CDT 2007
>
> From dmesg:
> ############################
> ath_hal: 0.9.20.3 (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413, RF5413> )
> ath0: mem 0xfafe0000-0xfafeffff irq 11 at device 2.0 on pc> i2
> ath0: [ITHREAD]
> ath0: using obsoleted if_watchdog interface
> ath0: Ethernet address: 00:00:00:00:00:00
> ath0: mac 5.9 phy 4.3 radio 3.6
> ############################
>
> From rc.conf
> ###########################
> network_interfaces="lo0 bfe0 ath0"
> ifconfig_ath0="WPA DHCP"
> ifconfig_bfe0="DHCP"
> ############################
>
> My wpa_supplicant.conf
> ############################
> # Home
> network={
> ssid="My_SSID"
> scan_ssid=1
> priority=5
> key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
> psk="My_PSK"
> }
>
> # Office
> network={
> ssid="Work_SSID"
> key_mgmt=NONE
> priority=3
> }
> ##########################
>
> Thanks for your help.
>
> --
> Regards,


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