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AWI(4)		       FreeBSD Kernel Interfaces Manual			AWI(4)

NAME
     awi -- AMD	PCnetMobile IEEE 802.11	PCMCIA wireless	network	driver

SYNOPSIS
     To	compile	this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your
     kernel configuration file:

	   device awi
	   device wlan

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

	   if_awi_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION
     The awi driver supports various IEEE 802.11 wireless cards	which run AMD
     PCnetMobile firmware based	on AMD 79c930 controller with Intersil (for-
     merly Harris) PRISM radio chipset.	 It provides access to 32kb of memory
     shared between the	controller and the host.  All host/device interaction
     is	via this shared	memory,	which can be accessed either via PCMCIA	memory
     space or I/O space.  The awi driver encapsulates all IP and ARP traffic
     as	802.11 frames.

     The driver	works both in infrastructure mode and in adhoc (independent
     BSS) mode.

     In	infrastructure mode, it	communicates with an Access Point which	serves
     as	a link-layer bridge between an Ethernet	and the	wireless network.  An
     access point also provides	roaming	capability which allows	wireless nodes
     to	move between access points.

     In	adhoc mode, it communicates peer to peer.  Though it is	more efficient
     to	communicate between wireless nodes, the	coverage is limited spatially
     due to lack of roaming capability.

     In	addition to these two modes in the IEEE	802.11 specification, the awi
     driver also supports a variant of adhoc mode out of spec for DS radio
     cards, which makes	it possible to communicate with	adhoc mode of wi(4)
     driver.  The NWID does not	affect in this mode.

     For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8).

HARDWARE
     Cards supported by	the awi	driver include:

	   BayStack 650	  1Mbps	Frequency Hopping PCCARD adapter

	   BayStack 660	  2Mbps	Direct Sequence	PCCARD adapter

	   Icom	SL-200	  2Mbps	Direct Sequence	PCCARD adapter

	   Melco WLI-PCM  2Mbps	Direct Sequence	PCCARD adapter

	   NEL SSMagic	  2Mbps	Direct Sequence	PCCARD adapter

	   Netwave AirSurfer Plus
			  1Mbps	Frequency Hopping PCCARD adapter

	   Netwave AirSurfer Pro
			  2Mbps	Direct Sequence	PCCARD adapter

	   Nokia C020 WLAN
			  2Mbps	Direct Sequence	PCCARD adapter

	   Farallon SkyLINE
			  2Mbps	Direct Sequence	PCCARD adapter

     The original Xircom Netwave AirSurfer is supported	by the cnw(4) driver.

MEDIA SELECTION
     The DS cards support DS1 and DS2 media types, while the FH	cards support
     FH1 media type.  For each media type, adhoc mediaopt can be used to indi-
     cate the driver to	operate	in adhoc mode.	For DS radio cards,
     adhoc,flag0 mediaopt can be used for wi(4)	compatible adhoc mode.	In
     addition to these station modes, hostap mediaopt can be used to create a
     host-based	access point.

DIAGNOSTICS
     awi0: awi_pccard_probe: bad banner:  The device failed to initialize its
     firmware.

     awi0: failed to complete selftest (%s)  The device	failed to complete its
     self test.	 In some circumstances,	resetting device after power on	fails.
     Re-inserting the card or down-then-up interface may be helpful.

     awi0: transmit timeout  The device	failed to generate an interrupt	to
     acknowledge a transmitted packet.

     awi0: failed to lock interrupt  The system	was unable to obtain the lock
     to	access shared memory.

     awi0: command %d failed %x	 The device failed to complete the request
     from the system.

SEE ALSO
     altq(4), arp(4), cnw(4), miibus(4), netintro(4), pccard(4), wi(4),
     wlan(4), ifconfig(8)

     Am79C930 PCnet Mobile Single-Chip Wireless	LAN Media Access Controller,
     http://www.amd.com.

HISTORY
     The awi device driver first appeared in NetBSD 1.5.

AUTHORS
     The initial version of the	awi driver was written by Bill Sommerfeld
     <sommerfeld@netbsd.org>.  Then the	awi driver module was completely
     rewritten to support cards	with DS	phy and	to support adhoc mode by
     Atsushi Onoe <onoe@netbsd.org>.

FreeBSD	9.3			 July 16, 2005			   FreeBSD 9.3

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | HARDWARE | MEDIA SELECTION | DIAGNOSTICS | SEE ALSO | HISTORY | AUTHORS

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