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BWN(4)		       FreeBSD Kernel Interfaces Manual			BWN(4)

NAME
     bwn -- Broadcom BCM43xx SoftMAC IEEE 802.11 wireless network driver

SYNOPSIS
     To	compile	this driver into the kernel, add the following lines to	the
     kernel configuration file:

	   device bwn
	   device bhnd
	   device bhndb
	   device bhndb_pci
	   device bcma
	   device siba
	   device gpio
	   device wlan
	   device wlan_amrr
	   device firmware

     To	load the driver	as a module at boot, add the following lines to
     loader.conf(5):

	   if_bwn_load="YES"

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

     It	supports station and monitor mode operation.  Only one virtual inter-
     face 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/bwn-firmware-kmod port needs to be installed before ifconfig(8)
     will work.	 In most cases the bwn_v4_ucode	kernel module from the port
     should be used.  However, if an LP	(low power) PHY	is being used, the
     bwn_v4_lp_ucode module should be used.

HARDWARE
     The bwn driver supports Broadcom BCM43xx based wireless devices, includ-
     ing:

     Card		      Chip	 Bus	     Standard
     Apple Airport Extreme    BCM4318	 PCI	     b/g
     ASUS WL-138g	      BCM4318	 PCI	     b/g
     Buffalo WLI-CB-G54S      BCM4318	 CardBus     b/g
     Dell Wireless 1390	      BCM4311	 Mini PCI    b/g
     Dell Wireless 1470	      BCM4318	 Mini PCI    b/g
     Dell Truemobile 1400     BCM4309	 Mini PCI    b/g
     HP	Compaq 6715b	      BCM4312	 PCI	     b/g
     HP	nx6125		      BCM4319	 PCI	     b/g
     Linksys WPC54G Ver	3     BCM4318	 CardBus     b/g
     Linksys WPC54GS Ver 2    BCM4318	 CardBus     b/g
     US	Robotics 5411	      BCM4318	 CardBus     b/g

     Users of older Broadcom chipsets (BCM4301,	BCM4303	and BCM4306 rev	2)
     must use bwi(4) because the v4 version of the firmware does not support
     these chips.  The newer firmware is too big to fit	into these old chips.

EXAMPLES
     Join an existing BSS network (i.e., connect to an access point):

	   ifconfig wlan create	wlandev	bwn0 inet 192.168.0.20 \
	       netmask 0xffffff00

     Join a specific BSS network with network name ``my_net'':

	   ifconfig wlan create	wlandev	bwn0 ssid my_net up

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

	   ifconfig wlan create	wlandev	bwn0 ssid my_net \
		   wepmode on wepkey 0x1234567890 weptxkey 1 up

LOADER TUNABLES
     Tunables can be set at the	loader(8) prompt before	booting	the kernel or
     stored in loader.conf(5).

     hw.bwn.usedma
	     This tunable enables DMA operations on the	hardware.  If the
	     value is 0, PIO mode would	be used.  The default value is 1.

SEE ALSO
     arp(4), bcma(4), bhnd(4), bhndb(4), bwi(4), cardbus(4), intro(4), pci(4),
     siba(4), wlan(4), wlan_amrr(4), ifconfig(8), wpa_supplicant(8)

HISTORY
     The bwn driver first appeared in FreeBSD 8.1.  The	driver was updated to
     support the common	Broadcom bhnd(4) bus interface in FreeBSD 12.0.

AUTHORS
     The bwn driver was	written	by Weongyo Jeong <weongyo@FreeBSD.org>.	 Sup-
     port for bhnd(4) was added	by Landon Fuller <landonf@FreeBSD.org>.

CAVEATS
     Some LP PHY devices have DMA operation problems that in that case try to
     use PIO mode.

FreeBSD	Ports 11.2	       December	16, 2017	    FreeBSD Ports 11.2

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | HARDWARE | EXAMPLES | LOADER TUNABLES | SEE ALSO | HISTORY | AUTHORS | CAVEATS

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