Subject: Re: ath seems still buggy
To: Perry E. Metzger <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/18/2005 17:00:52
In message <>, "Perry E. Metzger" writes:
>Vincent <> writes:
>> I noticed there was some changes in the ath code. But it has little to
>> no effect on the periodic drops of the radio signal. This time,
>> suddently, the input is garbaged; at least, the card say so:
>I get all sorts of bad trouble with ath:
>I get SSIDs with spaces truncated. I get drops in the driver. I get
>failures to associate. If I try to change the power save state, I get
>error messages when I try to use ifconfig to change the power save
>settings of the device. Those are just bugs that I remember off the
>top of my head -- I think there are others.
>Six months ago none of this was a problem, but right now I'm unaware
>of users of the ath device on NetBSD who are having a good time with
>it. I'm very annoyed. Drivers should not get this much worse with
>time. :(
>Honestly I sometimes now think it was a major mistake for me to get a
>laptop with a built in ath -- it is extremely unpleasant to work with
>the driver in its current state.

Sometimes, it works very well; in my house over the weekend (two access 
points, with WEP), it worked flawlessly.  Other places, it's worked 
poorly or not at all, so much so that I'm contemplating starting to 
travel with a wi card again.

		--Steven M. Bellovin,