> On Mon, 02 Feb 2015 08:12:17 +0300
> Alexander Perechnev <herfleisch at me.com> wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> I’ve installed FreeBSD 10.1 on my MacBook Pro 13 mid 2012. Everything
>> works pretty good, except wireless. It works with [ndis], but it
>> doesn’t work with existing [bwi-firmware-kmod] and
>> [bwn-firmware-kmod] facilities.
>> I’ve looked into [bwn] port Makefile
>> and found that all it does is just to download necessary firmware
>> (220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168), extracts it via [b43-fwcutter-015] and
>> compiles it into kernel module.
>> So the first problem is that 4th gen firmware does not support my
>> Also i’ve found the [siba-bwn], which recognizes the broadcom
>> So summary it seems that it is not so hard to support my BCM4331. I
>> have to:
>> - port [b43-fwcutter-018] to FreeBSD, because earlier versions
>> doesn’t work with newest firmware
>> - update existing [bwn-firmware-kmod] to point it to newest firmware
>> - add my BCM4331 device to [siba-bwn]
>> I expect that after this steps my BCM4331 should be working. But I am
>> new in FreeBSD and I’m just asking you for any help like related
>> information, existing problems, links, etc.
>> I am not sure if I am right in my theory, but for me it seems that it
>> should work. So if you know another problems, which I don’t, please
>> let me know before I go through this steps.
>> Thank you for excellent operating system, now it’s my favorite one!
>> Best regards,
>> Alexander Perechnev.
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> out of curiosity I reviewed the BCM status.
> IMO you don't have to port the b43-fwcutter to BSD. It would be nice,
> but you can use any Linux to get the firmware (from /lib/firmware/). For
> As of the support, JFYI
> BCM4331 Linux driver is provided by Broadcom
> ,there is no support in the Linux kernel atm
> and I'm not sure, where do the bwi/bwn drivers come from (to see how
> probable is the support of BCM4331).
> bwi -- Broadcom BCM43xx IEEE 802.11b/g wireless network driver
> bwn -- Broadcom BCM43xx IEEE 802.11b/g wireless network driver
Just out of curiosity, is anyone working on this ATM? I’ve had the same
problem, and it is (no offence to anyone intended) a bit ridiculous that the
latest Broadcom chips we support are around 5 years old now. I don’t actually
know enough to say this for sure, but judging by the first message it looks
like this is a (relatively) simple fix - simply add newer firmware and sell
siba to detect the new cards. Is this the case, or am I misreading the whole
Also, the Broadcom-provided linux STA driver you referenced above is not very
widely used - b43 (the kernel driver) is much more common, and requires
extracting the firmware just like the FreeBSD drivers. See
Felix Friedlander <felixph...@gmail.com>
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