Broadcom and Cypress wireless network
bwfm* at pci?
bwfm* at sdmmc?
bwfm* at usb?
bwfm driver provides support for
Broadcom and Cypress FullMAC network adapters.
These are the modes the
bwfm driver can
- BSS mode
- Also known as infrastructure mode, this is used when associating with an access point, through which all traffic passes. This mode is the default.
- Host AP
- In this mode the driver acts as an access point (base station) for other cards.
bwfm driver can be configured to use
Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA-PSK and
WPA2-PSK). WPA is the current encryption standard for wireless networks. It
is strongly recommended that WEP not be used as the sole mechanism to secure
wireless communication, due to serious weaknesses in it. The
bwfm driver relies on the software 802.11 stack for
the WPA handshake. Both encryption and decryption of data frames are handled
by the firmware.
The firmware automatically selects the transmit speed and the channel depending on the received signal strength.
bwfm driver can be configured at
ifconfig(8) or on boot with
The driver needs a firmware file which is loaded when the driver attaches. A prepackaged version of the firmware can be installed using fw_update(1).
The following example scans for available networks:
# ifconfig bwfm0 scan
The following hostname.if(5) example configures bwfm0 to join network “mynwid”, using WPA key “mywpakey”, obtaining an IP address using DHCP:
nwid mynwid wpakey mywpakey dhcp
The following hostname.if(5) example creates a host-based access point on boot:
mediaopt hostap nwid mynwid wpakey mywpakey inet 192.168.1.1 255.255.255.0
arp(4), ifmedia(4), intro(4), netintro(4), pci(4), usb(4), hostname.if(5), ifconfig(8)
bwfm driver first appeared in
bwfm driver was written by
The firmware is outdated and contains known vulnerabilities.