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       atmel_fwl  -  Load  firmware  into  Atmel  at76c50x wireless networking


       atmel_fwl <interface> /path/to/firmware


       atmel_fwl loads firmware images  for  Atmel  at76c50x  series  wireless
       networking chips into the Linux driver for same.

       Note that this utility is not normally necessary, since the driver will
       automatically load the correct firmware image via the  hotplug  system.
       Atmel_fwl  is provided for applications where use of the hotplug system
       may not be desirable.

       atmel_fwl should be run after the interface  has  been  created  (after
       card  insertion,  in the case of PCMCIA cards) but before it is brought
       up by running ifconfig.


       Note that there are two versions of many of the  firmware  images,  the
       second  one with the suffix "-wpa". These are later releases from Atmel
       which support WPA privacy. They are only  usable  by  versions  of  the
       driver  greater than 0.9. Be sure not to use the "-wpa" one unless your
       in-kernel driver code is version 0.9 or better. Sadly,  as  of  version
       0.9,  the in-kernel driver does not actually support the setting of WPA

       The firmware images are usually installed in /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware.

       The  status of the driver, including its firmware loading, is available
       in /proc/driver/atmel





       iwconfig(8), ifconfig(8),


       This manual page was written by Simon Kelley <>.