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Old 08-20-2016, 05:05 PM   #1
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How do I get Solaris to see my laptop's wireless network device?

I had this problem on OpenIndiana, and then I
tried Solaris 11.3, but I still have the problem.

A few minutes ago I booted my new laptop (well,
new to me) from the Solaris 11.3 iso, intending to
proceed immediately therefrom to an installation.
I noticed, alas, that the system had no knowledge
of my wireless network device. This makes the
system useless for my computer, it is, after all,
a laptop, it is a portable device that on occasion
literally sits atop my lap, it has to be able to
connect to a network without there being an
Ethernet cable stuck into it. The Device Driver
Utility noted, correctly, the existence of a

Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY

but it had no driver for it.

I have installed both LinuxMint and OpenSUSE on
this computer, and in both cases, having
previously placed the Broadcom drivers and the
b43-fwcutter program in an accessible area, I was
able to use b43-fwcutter to place the drivers into
/lib/firmware, and then these Linux systems were
able to see my wireless device.

Solaris, it seems to me, should be able to do
something similar. So what is the procedure for
making the drivers for my laptop's wireless device
available to Solaris 11.3, so I can install them,
first on the installation environment, and then on
the installed OS? I have a zfs filesystem (thank
you, ZOL) that can be used for communication
between my Linux systems and a Solaris system (or
FreeBSD, but FreeBSD also understands ext2 and
LVM). Thank you in advance for any and all
Old 08-21-2016, 07:59 AM   #2
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Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY
It is supported by an open module b43 and b43legacy. It was difficult situation with BCM4313! Nevertheless I compromised at running the *broadcom sta* which is not an open driver. It is running in my Slackware.

BCM4312 is proven to run in Gnu/Linux. Here are the links of those who have undergone solution: one, two, three. There are plenty of success stories with BCM4312. But with Linux kernel. Not Solaris.

Your kernel is not Linux. If I am correct Solaris is a full blooded UNIX from SUN. But I suppose Oracle has an NDISwrapped driver with broadcom check here.

Hope that presents comparison, at least.

Good luck.



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