PCBSD and the Dell 1400 series WiFi NICs
I have been following and using PCBSD since version 1.3.
One of my biggest gripes has always been the lack of support for my Broadcom WiFi 43xx chips.
These are WiFi Nics in my Dell Inspirons 5100, 1501 & D600.
They work just fine in Linux and of Course WinBlows as they were designed for that OS.
So the workaround has always been to use ndisgen and make usable Drivers from the Windows Drivers.
However since PCBSD 5 these ndisgen made Drivers have become unstable and drop the WiFi signal every 10 to 20 minutes and that is no fun.
I continued to follow the HCList and noted that as of FreeBSD 8 the bwi driver would be supporting Dell 1400 & 1470 Wifi.
I bought and installed a WiFi from the 1400 family a 1490 which is the same chip.
Of course it works in Linux. However just as with the Dell 1300 family of WiFi the Wifi doesn't even light up nor is the device listed in the system settings. The only NIC in the list for a Live PCBSD CD is the BCM 4400 which is my Cat5 NIC for hardwire connections. So nothing has changed.
Any experiences, comments or suggestions regarding the WiFi that are suppose to run under the bwi driver which I believe is the 1400 series compatible?