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Broadcom BCM4313, BCM43224, BCM43225 devices (brcmsmac, brcm80211)

This page describes how to enable support for WiFi devices based on Broadcom BCM4313, BCM43224, BCM43225 chips on Debian systems.

brcmsmac (brcm80211 prior to Linux 2.6.39) is a free and open source mac80211 driver, introduced in Linux 2.6.37.1

It supports wireless LAN devices based on specific Broadcom 802.11n PCIe wireless LAN chips:

Supported devices are listed at the end of this page.

The driver is included in Debian Linux kernel images since linux-2.6 2.6.32-22. Non-free firmware is required for device operation.

{i} For support of other Broadcom PCI wireless LAN chipsets, see bcm43xx.

Installation

Debian 7 "Wheezy"

  1. Add a "non-free" component to /etc/apt/sources.list, for example:

    # Debian 7 "Wheezy"
    deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free
  2. Update the list of available packages and install the firmware-brcm80211 package:

    # apt-get update && apt-get install firmware-brcm80211
  3. As the driver may already be loaded, reinsert the module to access installed firmware:

    # modprobe -r brcmsmac ; modprobe brcmsmac
  4. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.

Debian 6.0 "Squeeze"

<!> In this release, the driver is only available for the x86 and x86-64 architectures (Debian i386 and AMD64 ports respectively).

  1. Add a "non-free" component to /etc/apt/sources.list, for example:

    # Debian 6.0 "Squeeze"
    deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free
  2. Update the list of available packages and install the firmware-brcm80211 package:

    # apt-get update && apt-get install firmware-brcm80211
  3. As the driver may already be loaded, reinsert the module to access installed firmware:

    # modprobe -r brcm80211 ; modprobe brcm80211
  4. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.

Known Issues

Supported Devices

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo brcmsmac in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.46-1+deb7u1) kernel images.

See Also


CategoryHardware | CategoryWireless