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How do I get my wifi to work on my Dell wireless 1450? (broadcom)

asked 2011-11-19 10:59:54 -0600

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updated 2011-12-30 02:53:08 -0600

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

Hi everyone,

Is there any way to make the dell wireless adapter 1450 work with fedora 16 ? At the moment it is not working, and I guess it is a matter of missing driver. Can anyone help ?


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answered 2011-11-19 11:17:21 -0600

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updated 2011-11-20 04:38:04 -0600

Then find out what chipset your wireless card has by looking at the output of




The Dell Wireless 1450 uses the Broadcom BCM4309 (rev 03) chipset. FedoraMobile has a guide to install the drivers for Broadcom BCMxx chipsets.

1.- Activate RPMFusion:

su -c 'yum localinstall --nogpgcheck'

2.- Update:

sudo yum -y update

3.- Install the Drivers:

sudo yum -y install broadcom-wl akmod-wl kmod-wl
sudo yum -y install rfkill

4.- Activate the Wi-Fi:

su -
rfkill list
rfkill unblock all

5.- Verifying ...

Now reboot and verify that our wireless switch is on and WLAN connections are enabled in Network Manager. After reboot run again:

sudo rfkill list
sudo rfkill unblock all

ust selecy the wifi that your prefer and connecting.

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answered 2011-11-24 15:04:39 -0600

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Thanks hhlp,

I did all what you recommended, but it seems it is not working. The two LEDs on the wireless adapter remain OFF. Is there something I missed ? How can I check that the installation was successful ?

The lsusb output shows:

Bus 001 Device 006: ID 413c:8104 Dell Computer Corp. Wireless 1450 Dual-band (802.11a/b/g) Adapter [Intersil ISL3887]

Or is there something I need to do in the Network Manager ?

I am confused, thanks for your support

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answered 2011-11-20 02:22:53 -0600

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Its as simple as

  • install rpmfusion
  • yum install kmod-wl
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