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Broadcom chipset without external RPM

asked 2017-04-09 06:32:27 -0500

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Is there a way to use Broadcom BCM4322 wireless chipset on Fedora 25 without using external RPM? Everywhere I can find only solutions with downloading packages from RPMfusion. I wonder if Fedora don't support this wireless chipset at all. I would like to make sure that there is no other way to do this. I found this package, installed by default: , but it doesn't support specifically my chipset. I assume that if my chipset was supported, then it would be working immediately after installing system, without additional configuration.

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Imposible with a driver proprietary... Remember is Fedora!!! But UnitedRPMS has a driver for broadcom called "broadcom-wl-dkms" works great!

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2017-04-13 11:32:58 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-04-11 17:01:54 -0500

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updated 2017-04-11 17:05:25 -0500

No, not unless Broadcom decides to release their drivers under an open license. There has been no indication that that will happen.

You could try swapping out your Broadcom WiFi module for one from Intel. (Intel release open drivers.) Unscrew the back of your laptop and see if you can’t make out which is the WiFi module. If you do find it and think “I can probably manage to take that out and stick in another one!” then go right ahead. Think of it as a ~15 USD upgrade to your laptop that means you’ll have fewer compatibility issues running Linux for the next couple of years.

You could also get an external USB dongle (search for “AR9271” on Amazon for a list of products with a highly Linux compatible chip) An external one costs pretty much the exact same as a internal WiFi module replacement.

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