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What follows below are my continuing notes and experiences in regards to setting up wireless networking under FreeBSD v6.x. The hardware installation and testing performed below were all attempted using FreeBSD v6.1.
Model # : AR5212A
The Atheros AR5212A MiniPCI card was originally added to my notebook computer for use under Windows XP, and it does an excellent job. Recently when adding FreeBSD 6.1 to the system, I attempted to get the Atheros wireless card running. The card is supported by FreeBSD's native ath driver.
A few steps are required to get the card running. The ath driver requires that the following lines be added to the kernel configuration file :
After adding those lines and recompiling my kernel, the following output was noted upon rebooting in the dmesg output :
ath0: Ethernet address: 00:02:8a:b6:08:be
ath0: mac 5.6 phy 4.1 5ghz radio 1.7 2ghz radio 2.3