Broadcom BCM4320 devices (rndis_wlan)
This page describes how to enable support for WiFi devices based on the Broadcom BCM4320 chip on Debian systems.
rndis_wlan is a Linux kernel driver introduced at Linux 2.6.25, supporting wireless RNDIS1 chips; the Broadcom BCM4320 is the only one known at this time. Supported devices are listed at the end of this page.
No firmware from userspace is required.
Connect the device to the system. The rndis_wlan kernel module is automatically loaded for supported devices.
Configure the wireless interface as appropriate.
This driver does not support connections to hidden WPA networks at this time.
If attempting to use a Belkin F5D7051 v1000 device (USB ID 050D:7051), blacklist the rt2500usb module and execute modprobe -r rt2500usb to unload it.
Known problems with this driver are documented on its homepage.
The page HowToIdentifyADevice/USB explains how to identify a USB device.
The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo rndis_wlan in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.46-1) kernel images.
USB: 0411:004B BUFFALO INC. (formerly MelCo., Inc.) WLI-USB-G54 802.11g Adapter [Broadcom 4320 USB] USB: 0411:00BC BUFFALO INC. (formerly MelCo., Inc.) WLI-U2-KG125S 802.11g Adapter [Broadcom 4320 USB] USB: 050D:011B Belkin Components (Device name unknown) USB: 0A5C:D11B Broadcom Corp. Eminent EM4045 [Broadcom 4320 USB] USB: 0B05:1717 ASUSTek Computer, Inc. WL169gE 802.11g Adapter [Broadcom 4320 USB] USB: 0BAF:0111 U.S. Robotics USR5420 802.11g Adapter [Broadcom 4320 USB] USB: 0BAF:011B U.S. Robotics Wireless MAXg Adapter [Broadcom 4320] USB: 13B1:000E Linksys WUSB54GS v1 802.11g Adapter [Broadcom 4320 USB] USB: 13B1:0014 Linksys WUSB54GS v2 802.11g Adapter [Broadcom 4320 USB] USB: 13B1:0026 Linksys WUSB54GSC v1 802.11g Adapter [Broadcom 4320 USB] USB: 1690:0715 Askey Computer Corp. [hex] Name: Voyager 1055 Laptop 802.11g Adapter [Broadcom 4320] USB: 1799:011B Thales Norway A/S (Device name unknown)
rndis_wlan can autodetect newer RNDIS devices not listed above.
Belkin F5D7051 v3000 (USB ID 4317:0711, Broadcom BCM4326U)
- Linksys WUSB54GSC v2 (USB ID 1737:0075, Broadcom BCM4326U)
TiVo Wireless G USB Adapter (AG0100: USB ID 0A5C:BD11)2
Support for these devices may be possible using NDISwrapper.