Apr 19, 2009

How to install Broadcom BCM43xx driver on Fedora Core 10

It has been tested on the bcm4318 card.

1. Configure NetworkManager to automatically start and start the service.
Code:
chkconfig NetworkManager on
service NetworkManager start
2. Download and extract the firmware
Code:
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0.tar.bz2
tar -jxvf broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0.tar.bz2
3. Cut the firmware
Code:
cd broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0/kmod
/usr/bin/b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o
4. Restart NetworkManager
Code:
service NetworkManager restart
If you want to use the fedora system-config-network tool (System -> Administration -> Network) to configure the connection, run the following command as well.
Code:
echo "alias wlan0 b43" >> /etc/modprobe.conf
After that I was able to use the NetworkManager applet to enter my encryption key to finish connecting to my network.

If it does not work, check the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts directory and remove the possible file ifcfg-wlan0

Then restart the network service;

service network restart
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