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Old 02-23-2010, 07:43 PM
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Default BCM4311 Setup
Hey, everyone. First time BSD user here, and I have no idea how to set up networking. I've tried googling for a solution, but BCM43xx support seems relatively recent and I've been having trouble finding any documentation on setting it up.

This is my first BSD install (long time Linux user) so if someone could hold my hand through the setup, it'd be much appreciated! I'm using a PC-BSD 8 (Hubble Edition) amd64 box.
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Old 02-24-2010, 03:14 AM
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Default Re: BCM4311 Setup
Well...lucky for you according to FreeBSD 8.0 Release notes

Quote: Network Interface Support
The bwi(4) driver has been added to provide support for Broadcom BCM43xx IEEE 802.11b/g wireless network interfaces.
[sparc64] The cas(4) driver has been added to provide support for Sun Cassini/Cassini+ and National Semiconductor DP83065 Saturn Gigabit Ethernet devices.
The cxgbtool(8) now supports an interactive mode for scripting of repeatedly performed tasks.
You will need to enable this feature at boot time.
1/ Install you system.
2/ Boot system
3/ Open terminal
4/ Escalate to su by invoking su and type in the administrative password
5/ If you know how to use vi then
vi /boot/loader.conf
and insert if_bwi_load="YES" on a new line. Quit and save.
6/ Else
cat if_bwi_load=\"YES\" >> /boot/loader.conf
7/ Reboot
8/ Open terminal
9/ Invoke ifconfig and see if bwi is there. If so then it will have a number associated with it like bwi0.

I'll go to the next step(s) if necessary...If you have DHCP on and no encryption key it should work automatically. Else...well we'll deal with that when that arise.

Proper documentation is here
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:18 PM
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I never was able to get mine to work. It'll find networks and it will connect but no data is transferred. It shows associated but no internet
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:58 AM
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michaelp -- check your /etc/rc.conf for a line that looks like this:

ifconfig_wlan0="WPA SYNCDHCP"

my original line was simply:

adding the SYNCDHCP helped.
hope that gets you a little farther along.
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