For whatever reason I am having a very annoying time just trying to connect to a network in FreeBSD. So the question is how would someone manually connect to a wireless WPA network in FreeBSD 11.0? Since I cannot connect to the internet to use the ports collection, no tools that are not included with the installation can be used.

Additional info:

  • ifconfig shows wlan0 listed as well as alc0 and lo0
  • NIC is an Intel AC 3160
  • drivers for the NIC are already loaded in kernel
  • ifconfig wlan0 scan shows available networks as expected.
  • I think my /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf is configured correctly but is not causing wlan0 to change its ssid to the specified network

1 Answer 1


Add an entry for this network to /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf. If the file does not exist, create it. Replace myssid and mypsk with your SSID and PSK


Add entries to /etc/rc.conf to configure the network on startup:

ifconfig_wlan0="WPA SYNCDHCP"

Restart the computer, or restart the network service to connect to the network

service netif restart
  • That should be wlans_iwm0="wlan0" for the AC 3160. Commented Feb 7, 2016 at 12:19
  • I have done everything here and I am still having issues. What I am mainly looking for is the command to change the ssid and psk for the wlan0 interface. I tried viewing the ifconfig man page but it's huge.
    – Smashgen
    Commented Feb 7, 2016 at 19:29

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