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Old 9th January 2016
dirty_hammer dirty_hammer is offline
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Default MacBook WiFi setup?

I created /etc/wpa_supplicant and added:

# Do not wait for lease; useful if no network is within reach, so boot will not hang
wpa_supplicant_flags="-B -i athn0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf"

to the rc.conf and i'm getting 'athn0 unable to wakeup chip' and 'athn0 unable to reset hardware, reset code 60' or something to that effect on start up.

I get the same when i tried ath0 insead.

With my level of understanding of Unix i'm out of ideas on how to proceed.

The WiFi adapter i have is Atheros 5416.
MacBook 2,1
NetBSD 7.0 amd64/ OS X 10.7.5
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Old 11th January 2016
shep shep is offline
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I looked at the NetBSD athn man page to see if firmware was needed. Just usb devices need firmware.

What caught my eye was this error code:
athn%d: radio is disabled by hardware switch The radio transmitter is
off and thus no packet can go out. The driver will reset the hardware.
Make sure the laptop radio switch is on.

athn%d: radio switch turned off The radio switch has been turned off
while the interface was up and running. The driver will turn the inter-
face down.

athn%d: error %d, could not read firmware %s For some reason, the driver
was unable to read the firmware file from the filesystem. The file might
be missing or corrupted.
I don't own a Mac but some laptops have a mechanical switch to turn off wireless.

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