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NAME

bwi – Broadcom BCM43xx IEEE 802.11b/g wireless network driver

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS

To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your kernel configuration file: device bwi device wlan device wlan_amrr device firmware

Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the following line in loader.conf(5):

if_bwi_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION

The bwi driver provides support for Broadcom BCM43xx based PCI/CardBus network adapters.

It supports station and monitor mode operation. Only one virtual interface may be configured at any time. For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8).

This driver requires firmware to be loaded before it will work. The ports/net/bwi-firmware-kmod port needs to be installed before ifconfig(8) will work.

HARDWARE

The bwi driver supports Broadcom BCM43xx based wireless devices, including:
Card Chip Bus Standard

Apple Airport Extreme Ta BCM4306 Ta PCI
b/g

Apple Airport Extreme Ta BCM4318 Ta PCI
b/g

ASUS WL-100g Ta BCM4306 Ta CardBus
b/g

ASUS WL-138g Ta BCM4318 Ta PCI
b/g

Buffalo WLI-CB-G54S Ta BCM4318 Ta CardBus
b/g

Buffalo WLI-PCI-G54S Ta BCM4306 Ta PCI
b/g

Compaq R4035 onboard Ta BCM4306 Ta PCI
b/g

Dell Wireless 1390 Ta BCM4311 Ta Mini PCI
b/g

Dell Wireless 1470 Ta BCM4318 Ta Mini PCI
b/g

Dell Truemobile 1300 r2 Ta BCM4306 Ta Mini PCI
b/g

Dell Truemobile 1400 Ta BCM4309 Ta Mini PCI
b/g

HP nx6125 Ta BCM4319 Ta PCI
b/g

Linksys WPC54G Ver 3 Ta BCM4318 Ta CardBus
b/g

Linksys WPC54GS Ver 2 Ta BCM4318 Ta CardBus
b/g

TRENDnet TEW-401PCplus Ta BCM4306 Ta CardBus
b/g

US Robotics 5411 Ta BCM4318 Ta CardBus
b/g

The bwi driver uses the older v3 version of Broadcom's firmware. While this older firmware does support most BCM43xx parts, the bwn(4) driver works better for the newer chips it supports. You must use the bwi driver if you are using older Broadcom chipsets (BCM4301, BCM4303 and BCM4306 rev 2). The v4 version of the firmware that bwn(4) uses does not support these chips.

EXAMPLES

Join an existing BSS network (i.e., connect to an access point):
ifconfig wlan create wlandev bwi0 inet 192.168.0.20 \
    netmask 0xffffff00

Join a specific BSS network with network name "my_net":

    ifconfig wlan create wlandev bwi0 ssid my_net up

Join a specific BSS network with 64-bit WEP encryption:

ifconfig wlan create wlandev bwi0 ssid my_net \
        wepmode on wepkey 0x1234567890 weptxkey 1 up

SEE ALSO

arp(4), cardbus(4), intro(4), pci(4), wlan(4), wlan_amrr(4), ifconfig(8), wpa_supplicant(8)

HISTORY

The bwi driver first appeared in FreeBSD 8.0 .

AUTHORS

The bwi driver was written for DragonFly BSD by Sepherosa Ziehau and subsequently ported to FreeBSD .

BUGS

Some card based on the BCM4306 and BCM4309 chips do not work properly on channel 1, 2 and 3.

BWI (4) August 7, 2015

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