On Mar 25, 2005, at 3:50 PM, David Courtney wrote:
> Since the newest betas of m0n0walll are running on FreeBSD 5.3, I
> decided to buy an 802.11b/g Mini PCI card from netgate.com so I could
> finally join the land of 54Mbps wireless.
(and we thank you for your business).
> However, nothing is going right for me and I'm wondering if someone
> can offer some advice.
> The new Mini PCI card got here today and I've been messing with it for
> hours and hours. The first thing I did was download the 1.2b7
> m0n0wall firmware and upgrade my Soekris net4801. After it was done,
> I shut it down and unplugged everything. I installed the new MiniPCI
> card netgate and then powered it back up.
Note that netgate ships 1.2b6 on WRAP boards with these same radios.
I'm seeing just under 20Mbps throughput
when close-enough to sustain a 48Mbps/54Mbps connection, and the WRAP
board is out of CPU there for some reason
that I've not found (yet).
> Since then, my wireless has been virtually unusable. The signal
> quality to my wireless stations is all over the place and they
> frequently drop connection. I can't even transfer the smallest of
> files without a dropped connection. When the transfer is actually
> working, I get as much as 17Mbps according to the traffic graph, but
> it doesn't last for more than 10 seconds before it drops to under
> 1Mbps, or drops connection completely.
> I tried putting changing channels even though the channel I had been
> using with my 802.11b MiniPCI card from netgate.com was working just
> After spending literally my entire day on this problem, I finally gave
> up and put my old 802.11b card back in. With my old card back in, I
> decided to keep the beta firmware on the system. But I quickly
> changed my mind on that because I noticed file transfers were only
> 900Kbps. But at least they were sustained. No drop outs.
I'd say you've got a local adjacent/alternate channel interference
issue. Try finding the source, and if its 802.11-based,
use the *same* channel. let us know the results, please.
Also, any chance you didn't quite make the u.fl connection (twice?). I
know it sounds unlikely.
> But since I was getting 5x that before, I decided to downgrade the
> firmware back to 1.11. Now, with my old 802.11b card back in and with
> the 1.11 m0n0wall system, my wireless connections are again rock solid
> and I'm able to sustain a 5.5Mbps file transfer indefinitely. (Tested
> with several large ISO images.)
> So that's my story. Can anyone help? Suggestions?
> Why is this 802.11g card so unstable? It drops constantly.
> Why is m0n0wall 1.2b7 only giving me 900Kbps with my old 802.11b card
> when m0n0wall 1.11 gives me 5.5Mbps?
I have yet to try 1.2b7. Maybe later tonight though.