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IWM(4)                   BSD Kernel Interfaces Manual                   IWM(4)

     iwm -- Intel 7200 IEEE 802.11a/ac/b/g/n wireless network devices

     iwm* at pci?

     The iwm driver provides support for Intel Wireless 7260, 7265, and 3160
     PCIe Mini Card network adapters.

     These are the modes the iwm driver can operate in:

     BSS mode       Also known as infrastructure mode, this is used when asso-
                    ciating with an access point, through which all traffic

     The iwm 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 communica-
     tion, due to serious weaknesses in it.

     The iwm driver can be configured at runtime with ifconfig(8) or on boot
     with hostname.if(5).

     The driver needs one of the following firmware files, which are loaded
     when an interface is brought up:


     These firmware files are not free because Intel refuses to grant distri-
     bution rights without contractual obligations.  As a result, even though
     OpenBSD includes the driver, the firmware files cannot be included and
     users have to download these files on their own.

     A prepackaged version of the firmware can be installed using

     The following example scans for available networks:

           # ifconfig iwm0 scan

     The following hostname.if(5) example configures iwm0 to join network
     ``mynwid'', using WPA key ``mywpakey'', obtaining an IP address using

           nwid mynwid
           wpakey mywpakey

     iwm0: device timeout  A frame dispatched to the hardware for transmission
     did not complete in time.  The driver will reset the hardware.  This
     should not happen.

     iwm0: fatal firmware error  For some reason, the firmware crashed.  The
     driver will reset the hardware.  This should not happen.

     iwm0: radio is disabled by hardware switch  The radio transmitter is off
     and thus no packet can go out.  The driver will reset the hardware.  Make
     sure the laptop radio switch is on.

     iwm0: could not read firmware ... (error N)  For some reason, the driver
     was unable to read the firmware image from the filesystem.  The file
     might be missing or corrupted.

     iwm0: firmware too short: N bytes  The firmware image is corrupted and
     can't be loaded into the adapter.

     iwm0: could not load firmware  An attempt to load the firmware into the
     adapter failed.  The driver will reset the hardware.

     arp(4), ifmedia(4), intro(4), netintro(4), pci(4), hostname.if(5),

     The iwm driver does not support any of the 802.11n and 802.11ac capabili-
     ties offered by the adapters.  Additional work is required in
     ieee80211(9) before those features can be supported.

     The firmware stops passing traffic if the MAC address is changed with
           # ifconfig iwm0 lladdr ...

     Occasionally, firmware errors occur before association to a wireless net-
     work has completed.  Several attempts may be required before link is suc-
     cessfully established.

BSD                             March 30, 2017                             BSD