Multi-BSS (Virtual Access Point) Support Added to FreeBSD

Sam Leffler committed changes to FreeBSD HEAD/8.0 adding support for multi-BSS wireless. This means in the future we can and will support multiple virtual access points on one wireless card.

This is not a MFC candidate and hence will not be in FreeBSD 7.x. pfSense 1.3 will be based on 7.x, so 1.3 will not have this support. The next pfSense release following 1.3 will be based on FreeBSD 8.x and will incorporate this. That’ll be a while, but it’s something to look forward to in a year or so.

Thanks to Sam for his efforts! I’m also looking forward to attending his wireless tutorial at BSDCan.

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4 Responses to “Multi-BSS (Virtual Access Point) Support Added to FreeBSD”

  1. adam Says:

    Is there any date that we can start looking for the 1.3 release? I’m really getting excited about the updates and the new features and I’m sure a lot of other people are as well.

    You guys do a great job.! Thanks again for the great product.

  2. Chris Buechler Says:

    As stated in the post, this can’t be supported in 1.3. I’ll have a development update post up soon.

  3. jsts Says:

    Does anyone know what cards are currently available that support multi-BSS and per-vAP MACs?

  4. Chris Buechler Says:

    Atheros cards are supported well. Not sure how well, or if, other cards will work with multi-BSS. Haven’t had a chance to try others. I believe Sam talked about another working card in his wireless tutorial at BSDCan but I don’t recall what it was, I’ll check his presentation later.

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