Subject: Re: Zyxel B-100 wireless pcmcia support with wi(4) driver?
To: None <>
From: David Young <>
List: tech-net
Date: 11/02/2006 05:20:14
On Wed, Nov 01, 2006 at 07:23:24PM -0500, wrote:
> I'm still trying to get NetBSD 3_Stable/3.1RC4 to work with my Zyxel B-100
> Wireless card. Or vice versa?!8-)
> The install disk with the GENERIC kernel seems to recognize the card.
> dmesg segment:
>   wi0 at pcmcia0 function 0: <PCMCIA, 11M, WLAN Card v3.0,  , >
>   pcic0: port 0x400-0x43f
>   pcmcia0: card irq 9
>   wi0: 802.11 address 00:00:00:00:00 (I verified my correct MAC address)
> wi0: using RF:PRISM3 MAC:ISL3871
>   wi0: Intersil Firmware: Primary (1.1.0), Station (1.4.2)
>   wi0: 11b rates" 1Mbps 2Mbps 5.5Mbps 11Mbps
> and (after suspending out of the ftp install/interface wi0/dhcp sequence):
> # ifconfig wi0
>   powersave off
>   address: my:ad:dr:es:s!
>   media: IEE802.11 autoselect (DS2)
>   status: no network
>   inet netbask 0xff000000 broadcast
>   inet6 yada yada...don't use inet6 yet...
> #
> Then I set my SSID with:
> # ifconfig wi0 ssid MySSIDString
> I resume and yet I get nothing but:
>  DHCPDISCOVER on wi0 to port 67 interval 8
> with about 5 repeats at different interval. Then:
> The link light flashes, but it does not seem to be connecting to my
> wireless gateway. I see no traffic on my central dhcp server.
> I have several other WinXP laptops and they are working fine.
> This card worked fine in win98 and it works with the Ubuntu 6.06
> install. Ubuntu identified the driver as eth0, but I suspect this
> might be an alias.
> I don't have near enough knowledge to fix this myself, but I might
> be able to help if someone knowledgable give me some direction.

Does ifconfig's 'status:' field ever change from 'no network' ?
If so, try 'tcpdump -ne -y ieee802_11 -i wi0' and 'tcpdump -ne -y
ieee802_11_radio -i wi0' to see if there are any packets moving.


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