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 From:  Chris Olive <chris at technologEase dot com>
 To:  Adam Hirsch <adam at baz dot org>
 Cc:  m0n0wall users <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] m0n0wall v1.0, Soekris net4511 wireless freezing?
 Date:  Sat, 17 Apr 2004 13:05:47 -0500
Adam Hirsch wrote:

>You're using one of the netgate kits in your soekris?  I went and perused
>their site, but most of the mini-pci cards they've got specifically say
>they aren't supported by m0n0wall, worse luck...
>I just picked up a soekris 4801 and have been casting about for success
>stories from someone who's put a wireless card into one of the soekris
>cases.  I suppose it would mean drilling a hole in the oh-so-attractive
>case they supply.  :)
I am using an EnGenius card that I purchased in a "Soekris Kit" from 
NetGate.  I did at least go that far and look into it some more since my 
m0n0wall locked up AGAIN...  No, I am not using a mini-PCI card, and I'm 
running a 802.11b EnGenius card in a net4511 kit that has the holes 
pre-drilled for the dual antennas.  Everything works fantasticly well 
for me.  I do know there are some Soekris kits that do not come with 
holes pre-drilled for the antennas.  I think the old net4801 falls into 
this category.  I noticed yesterday that a new net4801 is out.  Maybe 
the case that comes with that has holes pre-drilled; I don't know for sure.

As far as my own personal problem goes, it turns out through private 
conversation with someone else on the list that what is very likely 
happening is that I have a client going into power save mode (as someone 
else here publicly recollected from another email earlier on the list 
and referred me to the archives) and causing the AP to freeze.  This 
apparently happens because the client tells the WAP, "I'm going to take 
a nap now; hold all packets 'til I get back".  The WAP drivers for 
FreeBSD v4 apparently don't deal too well with this kind of situation.

I recently had my W2K laptop flake out on me and I lost my profile.  
That's right about the time all this squirrelly stuff started 
happening.  When I lost my profile (and ended up with a new one in the 
classic Windows "I'm clueless" fashion), my power saving setting for the 
wireless card came back on -- I routinely turn power management settings 
OFF for reasons like the problems I am having now; my opinion is that 
power management does more harm than good usually.

So I'm betting this is the issue.  Some time will tell.  With my power 
management on my wireless card turned off, we'll see what happens (or 
doesn't happen).

chris olive
chris at technologEase dot com