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malo – Marvell Libertas IEEE 802.11b/g wireless network driver



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

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



The malo driver provides support for Marvell Libertas 88W8335 based PCI and Cardbus network adapters. malo 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/malo-firmware-kmod port needs to be installed before ifconfig(8) will work.


The following cards are among those supported by the malo driver: Card
Chip Bus Standard

Netgear WG311v3
88W8335 PCI b/g

Tenda TWL542P
88W8335 PCI b/g

U-Khan UW-2054i
88W8335 PCI b/g


Join an existing BSS network (i.e., connect to an access point):
ifconfig wlan create wlandev malo0 inet \
    netmask 0xffffff00

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

    ifconfig wlan create wlandev malo0 ssid my_net up

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

ifconfig wlan create wlandev malo0 ssid my_net \
        wepmode on wepkey 0x1234567890 weptxkey 1 up


cardbus(4), pci(4), wlan(4), wlan_ccmp(4), wlan_tkip(4), wlan_wep(4), ifconfig(8), wpa_supplicant(8)


The malo device driver first appeared in FreeBSD 7.1 .

MALO (4) June 24, 2015

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