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FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for Intel ia32 compatible, DEC Alpha, and PC-98 architectures. It is derived from BSD UNIX, the version of UNIX developed at the University of California, Berkeley. It is developed and maintained by a large team of individuals. Additional platforms are in various stages of development.

Supported hardware

Access Points

The only cards that are currently supported for BSS (as an access point) mode are devices based on the Prism 2, 2.5, or 3 chipsets. For a complete list, look at wi(4).


Almost all 802.11b wireless cards are currently supported under FreeBSD. Most cards based on Prism, Spectrum24, Hermes, Aironet, and Raylink will work as a wireless network card in IBSS (ad-hoc, peer-to-peer, and BSS) mode.


The Ricoh RL5c475 cradles work happily with FreeBSD 4.7 and 5.0.

Installing via wireless NIC

David plans to External linkincorporate this into the install process for FreeBSD so that wireless installs are just another install option. w00t!

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