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Alexvader 01-17-2010 04:33 PM

Is Broadcom Wireless NIC supported in FBSD...?
Hi Forum,

Is there support for Broadcom BCM 4312 wireless NIC in FBSD 8.0...?

How do I enable this...?



bsdunix 01-17-2010 09:51 PM

I don't see BCM4312 as a supported chip in the bwi(4) driver man page so looks like the official answer is no.

A check of OpenBSD and NetBSD also did not list BCM4312 as a supported chip for the bwi driver.

flatdog 01-18-2010 05:17 AM

Quote from man page:

bwi -- Broadcom BCM43xx IEEE 802.11b/g wireless network driver

To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your
kernel configuration file:

device bwi
device wlan
device wlan_amrr
device firmware

Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the
following line in loader.conf(5):


The bwi driver provides support for Broadcom BCM43xx based PCI/CardBus
network adapters.

It supports station and monitor mode operation. Only one virtual inter-
face may be configured at any time. For more information on configuring
this device, see ifconfig(8).

This driver requires firmware to be loaded before it will work. The
ports/net/bwi-firmware-kmod port needs to be installed before ifconfig(8)
will work.

The bwi driver supports Broadcom BCM43xx based wireless devices, *including:

Card Chip Bus Standard
Apple Airport Extreme BCM4306 PCI b/g
Apple Airport Extreme BCM4318 PCI b/g
ASUS WL-138g BCM4318 PCI b/g
Buffalo WLI-CB-G54S BCM4318 CardBus b/g
Buffalo WLI-PCI-G54S BCM4306 PCI b/g
Compaq R4035 onboard BCM4306 PCI b/g
Dell Wireless 1470 BCM4318 Mini PCI b/g
Dell Truemobile 1400 BCM4309 Mini PCI b/g
HP nx6125 BCM4319 PCI b/g
Linksys WPC54G Ver 3 BCM4318 CardBus b/g
Linksys WPC54GS Ver 2 BCM4318 CardBus b/g
TRENDnet TEW-401PCplus BCM4306 CardBus b/g
US Robotics 5411 BCM4318 CardBus b/g

Join an existing BSS network (i.e., connect to an access point):

ifconfig wlan create wlandev bwi0 inet \
netmask 0xffffff00

Join a specific BSS network with network name ``my_net'':

ifconfig wlan create wlandev bwi0 ssid my_net up

Join a specific BSS network with 64-bit WEP encryption:

ifconfig wlan create wlandev bwi0 ssid my_net \
wepmode on wepkey 0x1234567890 weptxkey 1 up
Yes, there is support for BCM4312 wireless NICs in FreeBSD 8.0.
*includig/to include: to contain within as part of the whole.

bsdunix 01-18-2010 09:55 AM

If it works, great.

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