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FreeNAS and wireless

nasdaq 192 23 October 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM
I'm building a FreeNAS server and I want to control it wirelessly. My main question is how to do it when the installation disk is made for Windows and I'm installing it on a FreeNAS (freeBSD) computer.

I thought I read somewhere that one would use the install disk his or her computer connected to a router and do the installation that way. I am not really proficient in wireless tech so any help would be appreciated.

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My main question is how to do it when the installation disk for the is made for Windows and I'm installing it on a FreeNAS (freeBSD) computer.
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For the what?
For FreeNAS, windows? I don't know. I guess I could have said I'm not from this country but it was just a typo. Next time I'll use the built in grammar and spell check in my Commodore computer. LOL
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For FreeNAS, windows? I don't know. I guess I could have said I'm not from this country but it was just a typo. Next time I'll use the built in grammar and spell check in my Commodore computer. LOL
#1 Do you want to install the wireless card into the FreeBSD host?

#2 Or just join the wireless network with an existing card that is installed and works?

If it is #1 you will need to get a driver from the manufactures site or hope something in FreeBSD supports it.

If its #2 then you don't need a disk, just join your network and type in your WPA(2) key.
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@LiquidRetro Thanks, yes I do want to install a wireless card into the FreeNAS host. Could I use an AP instead of a wireless PCI card too?
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Whoaaaaaaaaaa, step back a second here. FreeNAS is a file server environment running on FreeBSD, it has nothing to do with windows. It does support common network sharing protocols which windows also supports.

I currently run a 4TB FreeNAS box which I manage from both mac and windows computers via the HTTP interface. It is directly connected to my wireless router, so any system in my house an access it.

FreeNAS is not exactly "easy" to setup. What are you looking to do here, there might be simpler solutions out there.
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@brbubba How exactly did you set up your FreeNAS server wirelessly? I want to do what you did so I can have access from any system in the house.
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@brbubba How exactly did you set up your FreeNAS server wirelessly? I want to do what you did so I can have access from any system in the house.
You can do one of two things...

1. Setup the FreeNAS image on a thumb drive and attach it to the system and set it to boot to FreeNAS.

2. Setup FreeNAS on a hard drive or other storage device by using the full install image which you can burn to CD.

If the system has a cdrom drive, a monitor and a keyboard that you can attach to it then you should be set to go.

In my case I have a 4GB Compact Flash Hard Drive that I boot off of. I used a program called physdiskwrite to directly write the FreeNAS image to my CF drive on my desktop, then I transplanted the CF drive to my freeNAS system and let it boot. It defaults to using DHCP so if you setup your router to hand out a static IP to your server's MAC address then you will always know what interface you can access FreeNAS on.

FreeNAS, by default, can be managed from any browser, just like your router, once you install it.
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I'm not 100% sure what the OP wants here, but if the issue is that the intended environment does not support wireless (and I'm not familiar enough with FreeNAS to know if it does or doesn't), *any* wired device can be made wireless simply by using a wireless ethernet bridge.
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@brbubba How exactly did you set up your FreeNAS server wirelessly? I want to do what you did so I can have access from any system in the house.
You can access your server (freenas or not, wireless or wired) anywhere as long as it's on the proper configured network.

You obviously have something you want to accomplish but you are not explaining your environment very clearly. Please reveal some more clues by answering the following questions before any potentially helpful advice comes your way:
1. What's your current server hardware/software setup?
2. Which system do you have in mind (and where do you download the installation disc/files) that "requires" windows to install it?
3. Why wireless?
4. What do you want with your new system? Which protocols are you going to use to access server resources and controls?
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I'm not 100% sure what the OP wants here, but if the issue is that the intended environment does not support wireless (and I'm not familiar enough with FreeNAS to know if it does or doesn't), *any* wired device can be made wireless simply by using a wireless ethernet bridge.
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Yes I guess I am not explaining myself clearly. I have my main PC in the master bedroom and I want to build a FreeNAS server in the spare bedroom. I have the server built and is booting from a 2gb USB stick. It is FreeNAS 8.0.1 I can access the server right now via my router, but it is wired. I just want to make it wireless.

I have an Airlink AWLH4130 wireless PCI card installed on the FreenNAS server but I need to install the drivers. The drivers on the install disk is made for Windows so I am wondering how to do that when I am trying to install them on the FreeNAS server.

My current set up on the FreeNAS server is Intel C2D 4300 CPU, ECS 945GCT-M (V1.0), generic DVDRW, 1Gb RAM and 1TB WD Green SATA HDD. Software is FreeNAS 8.0.1 on a 2GB USB stick.

edit I guess the PCI card is not compatible with FreeNAS?
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Yes I guess I am not explaining myself clearly. I have my main PC in the master bedroom and I want to build a FreeNAS server in the spare bedroom. I have the server built and is booting from a 2gb USB stick. It is FreeNAS 8.0.1 I can access the server right now via my router, but it is wired. I just want to make it wireless.

I have an Airlink AWLH4130 wireless PCI card installed on the FreenNAS server but I need to install the drivers. The drivers on the install disk is made for Windows so I am wondering how to do that when I am trying to install them on the FreeNAS server.

My current set up on the FreeNAS server is Intel C2D 4300 CPU, ECS 945GCT-M (V1.0), generic DVDRW, 1Gb RAM and 1TB WD Green SATA HDD. Software is FreeNAS 8.0.1 on a 2GB USB stick.

edit I guess the PCI card is not compatible with FreeNAS?
Well sometimes Linux drivers are available from the manufacturer's website. Don't just rely on what's available from the CD.

Even if Linux drivers aren't available, you can sometimes use Windows drivers on Linux using NDISwrapper [wikipedia.org].

And again, there's always a wireless ethernet bridge if all else fails.
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Thanks I will read up on how to create an ethernet bridge
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Find out what chipset you are using then research the FreeNAS forums for compatibility if there is any at all. You should have done the research first and then bought the compatible chipset WiFi card.

As eibgrad said, wireless bridge is always an option.
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