Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Dec 2011 17:50 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives Adrian Chadd is the current FreeBSD net80211/ath driver maintainer and developer. He's been working with a few others to get usable 802.11n support into FreeBSD. We thought we'd have a quick chat and ask how things are going.
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Interesting Interview
by Pro-Competition on Tue 27th Dec 2011 19:30 UTC
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Thank you for this interview and highlighting this project. I don't have time to do as much free project investigation as I used to (or would like to), so I really enjoy these features.

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Wireless drivers for Haiku are actually ported FreeBSD drivers. I wonder how long until wireless N drivers are ported across to Haiku.

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Comment by joekiser
by joekiser on Wed 28th Dec 2011 15:04 UTC
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802.11n on FreeBSD has been possible for at least two years now with the iwn driver (imported from OpenBSD). It was added in the buildup to 8.1, but there was a backport to the 7.x series. I think it's awesome that the Atheros people are working closely with Adrian to write this driver; as others have pointed out this work goes far beyond just the FreeBSD ecosystem. Thanks guys for your hard work.

Edited 2011-12-28 15:05 UTC

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RE: Comment by joekiser
by brynet on Wed 28th Dec 2011 20:01 UTC in reply to "Comment by joekiser"
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OpenBSD has drivers for several 802.11n capable devices, but they only work on 802.11a/b/g mode, not n.

There are 802.11 stack changes required to properly support 802.11n and it's a fair amount of work.

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