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UPGT(4)                      Device Drivers Manual                     UPGT(4)

     upgt - Conexant/Intersil PrismGT SoftMAC USB IEEE 802.11b/g wireless
     network device

     upgt* at uhub? port ?

     The upgt driver supports the USB 2.0 Conexant/Intersil PrismGT series
     wireless adapters based on the GW3887 chipset.

     These are the modes the upgt driver can operate in:

     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.

     monitor mode   In this mode the driver is able to receive packets without
                    associating with an access point.  This disables the
                    internal receive filter and enables the card to capture
                    packets from networks which it wouldn't normally have
                    access to, or to scan for access points.

     The upgt driver can be configured to use Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
     or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK).  WPA is the de facto
     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 upgt driver relies
     on the software 802.11 stack for both encryption and decryption of data

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

     The driver needs a firmware file which is loaded when an interface is
     brought up:


     Currently these firmware files can not be included in NetBSD base system.
     Please download these files and put them into the above firmware

     A tar archive file that includes upgt-gw3887 firmware can be found at:


     The following adapters should work:

           Belkin F5D7050 (version 1000)
           Cohiba Proto Board
           D-Link DWL-G120 Cohiba
           D-Link DWL-G122 rev A2
           FSC Connect2Air E-5400 USB D1700
           Gigaset USB Adapter 54
           Inventel UR045G
           IOGear GWU513
           Linksys WUSB54AG
           Linksys WUSB54G ver 2
           Medion MD40900
           Philips CPWUA054
           SMC EZ ConnectG SMC2862W-G
           Sagem XG703A
           Spinnaker DUT
           Spinnaker Proto Board
           Thomson SpeedTouch 121g
           Willcom / Sharp WS003SH/WS004SH smart phone internal wireless LAN

     The following ifconfig.if(5) example configures upgt0 to join whatever
     network is available on boot, using WEP key "0x1deadbeef1", channel 11,
     obtaining an IP address using dhcpcd(8):

           ssid 'my network' nwkey 0x1deadbeef1 chan 11

     Join an existing BSS network, "my_net":

           # ifconfig upgt0 netmask 0xffffff00 nwid my_net

     arp(4), ifmedia(4), intro(4), netintro(4), usb(4), ifconfig.if(5),

     The upgt driver first appeared in OpenBSD 4.3.  It was ported to NetBSD
     by FUKAUMI Naoki and first appeared in NetBSD 6.0.

     The upgt driver was written by Marcus Glocker <mglocker@openbsd.org>.

     The hardware specification was reverse engineered by the people at

     The upgt driver just supports the USB 2.0 devices (GW3887 chipset) but
     not the USB 1.0 devices containing the NET2280, ISL3880, and ISL3886
     chipsets.  Some further efforts would be necessary to add USB 1.0 support
     to the driver.

NetBSD 9.99                      July 4, 2010                      NetBSD 9.99