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    Default Adding a wireless NIC to existing NG Firewall

    Hi All,
    I have installed Untangle on many boxes over the years but never added a NIC to an existing NG firewall. I assume that a new NIC will not automatically be detected and added to the application. How do I trigger Untangle to load the appropriate drivers and the like? Should I run the configuration wizard? I just would like to avoid re configuring the entire system if I don't have to.

    Thanks for your help.

    Marty

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    Thanks for your quick response. I guess I wasn't very clear in asking my question. I recently replaced my qotom/untangle DIY system with more powerful hardware. The Qotom had a built in wifi card that was configured as a WAP. I have a pretty good quality WIFI card that I would like to add to my new Untangle firewall and assuming that it is compatible, what do I have to do to enable it for use? I have not fully read the links that you sent but wanted to get this out quickly. Thanks again for your help.

    Marty

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    You will need to reinstall after the WIFI card is installed. The point of the post above is that only a specific Wifi chipset will work. It's unlikely your wifi card will be recognized by NGFW install.
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    Yes, it's true almost any wifi card, with the appropriate software on a compatible platform, can be used as an access point.

    But that doesn't mean it's a good idea.

    Access point antennas, drivers, and even chipsets, are tuned very differently than those for client devices. You'll tend to get MUCH better performance out of a chipset that was actually, you know, designed to serve in that way. The wifi card you bought off the shelf? Probably much less so.

    Doesn't mean it won't work. Just be prepared for shorter range, less total throughput, and not handling as many simultaneous devices.
    Last edited by jcoehoorn; 11-16-2021 at 02:30 PM.
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    Yeah, threads like this make me cringe.

    Use a real WAP, everyone will be happier.
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    Thanks for the input from everyone. You convinced me.

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    Thanks for the input from everyone. You convinced me.

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