iwm drives does not work for Intel Wireless-AC 3165

DTD support at safeport.com
Sat Nov 25 18:27:09 UTC 2017

My laptop is a Lenovo ideapad 700. Windows shows 4 networking devices: Intel 
wireless bluetooth, Intel blue tooth RFCOMM TDI, Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 
3165, Realtek PCIe GBE controller. I got this system because as of 10.3 FreeBSD 
had support for Wireless-AC 3165.

uname -a
FreeBSD mneme.boltsys.com 11.1-RELEASE-p4 FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE-p4 #0: Tue Nov 14 
06:12:40 UTC 2017 root at amd64-builder.daemonology.net:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  amd64

pciconf -lv
pcib1 at pci0:0:1:0:       class=0x060400 card=0x380a17aa chip=0x19018086 rev=0x07 
     vendor     = 'Intel Corporation'
     device     = 'Xeon E3-1200 v5/E3-1500 v5/6th Gen Core Processor PCIe Controller (x16)'
     class      = bridge
     subclass   = PCI-PCI
none5 at pci0:2:0:0:       class=0x028000 card=0x42108086 chip=0x31668086 rev=0x99 hdr=0x00
     vendor     = 'Intel Corporation'
     device     = 'Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 Plus Bluetooth'
     class      = network
re0 at pci0:3:0:0: class=0x020000 card=0x004717aa chip=0x816810ec rev=0x15 hdr=0x00
     vendor     = 'Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.'
     device     = 'RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller'
     class      = network
     subclass   = ethernet

I think the none5@ means the iwm driver does not support this card. I had added 
the following to /boot/loader.conf:


On the next boot that got:

    rgephy0: <RTL8251 1000BASE-T media interface> PHY 1 on miibus0
    rgephy0:  none, 10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 10baseT-FDX-flow, 100baseTX,
      100baseTX-FDX, 100baseTX-FDX-flow, 1000ba seT-FDX, 1000baseT-FDX-master,
      1000baseT-FDX-flow, 1000baseT-FDX-flow-master, auto, auto-flow

This I think is an error as RGEPHY(4): rgephy - RealTek RTL8168/8169/8110/8211 
series 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet PHY driver. It should be iwm0 I would think. 
Anyway it can not be configured.

ifconfig rgephy0 add inet netmask
ifconfig: interface rgephy0 does not exist

ifconfig wlan create wlandev inet netmask
ifconfig: SIOCIFCREATE2: Device not configured

ifconfig wlan create rgephy0 inet netmask
ifconfig: must specify a parent device (wlandev) when creating a wlan device

ifconfig wlan create wlandev rgephy0 inet netmask
ifconfig: SIOCIFCREATE2: Device not configured

It seems to be an Intel design requirement to add stuff to invalidate FreeBSD 
wireless support. I think FreeBSD 7 or earlier was the last time wifi worked for 
me. Anyone know if there are plans to support any of the usb wireless devices?

Douglas Denault
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