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Old 4th April 2009
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I am about to try BSDAnywhere and I have on my laptop a Dlink, which is I think an Atheros chipset card. I was wondering if that would work. and if so, what commands or programs do I need to do in order to connect wirelessly to an open or WEP encrypted AP?
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I was wondering if that would work. and if so, what commands or programs do I need to do in order to connect wirelessly to an open or WEP encrypted AP?
As opposed to other operating systems which may require third-party supplicant applications in order to handle the encryption/decryption, everything that is needed (provided that the wireless chipset is supported...) is in the base OpenBSD installation. The manpages you should study are the following:A list of what wireless chipsets are supported can be found through searching through the following list:

http://www.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/man.c...=1&format=html

...which was generated by the following command:

$ apropos wireless

Note that this list is what is supported by -current which is very close to the upcoming OpenBSD 4.5. For 4.4, change the appropriate options at the above mentioned Webpage.

Likewise, if you are simply looking for an OpenBSD Live CD, note that jggimi (a leading member of these forums...) produces similar offerings. Information can be found at the following:

http://jggimi.homeip.net/

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Thanks for the plug, Ocicat.

One of the things caught during recent alpha testing of 4.5-release images was a problem with some applications in the Gnome and KDE images, and that problem exists on the 4.4 images.

I do not recommend downloading either of those 4.4-release images.

4.5-release images are available for beta testing, right now. Tony or anyone else interested in beta testing prior to the May 1 release may send me a PM for information.
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in linux, the usb drive is sda, what is it in bsd?
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USB drives (including memory sticks and USB attached ATA drives) are given dynamic SCSI device names as they appear. If there are no SCSI drives already in the system, the first USB device is sd0, the second is sd1, etc.

Drive addressing after that will depend on MBR and BSD partition tables, if any.
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thanks, one more Q... linux has iwconfig, what is it in bsd? I had it but I forgot.
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linux has iwconfig, what is it in bsd?
ifconfig(8).
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wicontrol... i found it..
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wicontrol... i found it..
Per the manpage for wicontrol(8):
Code:
DESCRIPTION
     The wicontrol command controls the operation of WaveLAN/IEEE wireless
     networking devices via the wi(4) and awi(4) drivers.
Your initial question was about ath(4). If you are still interested in Atheros chipsets, wicontrol(8) will have no effect.
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ifconfig is typically used to manage wireless drivers directly. See the man pages ocicat pointed to in the second post in this thread. Warning: ifconfig's 802.11 management has changed between 4.4 and -current; use the appropriate man page on your system, or, select the appropriate -release man page from the web.
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wicontrol was deprecated in 2006. I don't think you'll find it on a modern OpenBSD system, though you may still find man pages for it with Google:

http://www.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/cvswe...ic/wicontrol.c
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wicontrol(8) was obsoleted, all wireless configuration is done via ifconfig(4) now.. in fact, that utility was removed in OpenBSD 4.0.

The method of scanning for access points has gone through a couple variations.

OpenBSD <= 4.4:
$ sudo ifconfig int? -M

(..This shows a list of supported channels now, it doesn't scan for channels..)
OpenBSD == 4.4-CURRENT to early 4.5-BETA:
$ sudo ifconfig int? chan

OpenBSD >= 4.5-RELEASE:
$ sudo ifconfig int? scan

Hopefully this will clear things up, please read ifconfig(8) for more information and examples.. also read driver specific man pages as mentioned by ocicat.

Good luck..
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Note; the man pages available on the website aren't updated often.. so the above information was gleamed from reading the mailing lists, commit logs, and from the following -current FAQ page.

http://www.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/cvswe...1.175#rev1.175
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