> On 2 Apr 2015, at 9:12 am, Johannes Dieterich <dieterich....@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 11:42 PM, Felix Friedlander <felixph...@gmail.com
> <mailto:felixph...@gmail.com>> wrote:
>>> 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
>>>> (18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124), 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 situation?
> Well, looking at the commit history of both the siba source and the
> port containing the firmware binaries, I'd say the driver is in
> maintenance mode since March 2010. Which nicely lines up with the five
> year old chips, unfortunately. No idea if it is indeed as simple as
> adding a few PCI-IDs and the binaries but if you have such a device,
> maybe you could try it?
I’ll try, however my coding skills are truly woeful :-). I have access to
devices with BCM4331 and BCM43224 (I’m a convert from the Mac world), as well
as older ones to make sure I don’t break anything.
>> 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
> The page also claims that the operation of b43 is limited to 11g? Is
> this correct?
Nope, it’s not. b43 can do 11n for sure, not sure about 11ac or others. b43 is
a much more capable driver than the wl STA driver, and is also open (as opposed
to the STA which is sort-of, kind-of open depending on who you ask).
Felix Friedlander <felixph...@gmail.com>
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