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This addon gives IPfire the ability to manage wireless 802.11 connections and is required if the
Make sure you have installed a compatible wireless card before attempting to use this addon. See the network HCL page in the wiki and/or ask for help in the forum.
When the country code is set to "00", the 5GHz band is disabled. Set the appropriate country code to enable more channels.
If the blue network has not been created and linked to an actual wireless card you will have to do that first. This can be done during installation but can also be done in the console later on.
To setup the
and navigate to "Network configuration".
Here you will need to modify "Network configuration type", "Drivers and card assignments" and "Address settings". \
- The Network configuration type must be one of the two types with a
It is important to give the blue network a different subnet than the other zones.
IPfire treats the
For example if you have the
Once a suitable IP address has been determined it should be assigned in the console under "Address settings".
It is common use, to choose the first or last client address in the subnet ( i.e. .1 or .254 in a /24 net ).
wp>Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol is needed to pass out IP address to connecting clients. Chose a range of IP addresses that is from the same subnet as the
At this stage a
The package manager is called "pakfire" and can be invoked from the console as well as from the WUI.
To use the WUI navigate to "ipfire>pakfire". There is a section labeled "Available Addons:" where you can find "hostapd" amongst the various add-ons. Select it and then click on the "+" sign below the add-on box. Confirm the installation.
When pakfire installs hostapd, it adds a new page to the WUI. Navigate to this page via "ipfire>WLanAP". On this page the wireless network can be turned on and off and you can find all the settings for the initial configuration.
Remember to save the settings by clicking the save icon below them.
Once the settings are configured and saved turn on the network by clicking on the
When clients first connect to IPFire they will be assigned an IP address from the blue interface's DHCP server. However they cannot access the internet until their MAC address is specifically allowed in the MAC address filter.
The MAC address filter is located under the firewall tab and is called "blue access". There is also a link at the bottom of the WLanAP page.
To activate a client, first have that client attempt to connect to the internet. This should fail but it will add that clients MAC address to the blue access page. To the right of the clients MAC address there is an icon for adding the device. Once added, ipfire should allow access to the Internet.
Don't use the special character '§' in the encryption key as it will not work.