Le Wed, 22 Apr 2009 17:04:41 -0400,
Daniel Underwood <djuatde...@gmail.com>:

> After re-reading man iwi, I noticed that it says:
> "This driver requires firmware to be loaded before it will work. You
> need to obtain iwicontrol(8)  from the IWI web page listed below to
> accomplish loading the firmware before ifconfig(8)  will work."
> I'm going to look into this. Sounds like this may be the problem. Do
> you think so?

No, before FreeBSD 7 you needed to download the firmware.
There is a port in /usr/ports/net/iwi-firmware but it is only for
FreeBSD < 7

You don't need anything on FreeBSD 7.x and you it seems you are not
using the right manual page for 7.1:

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