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Date:      Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:32:55 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
Cc:        "Duane Whitty" <>,
Subject:   Re: Wireless on Dell Latitude D630
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On Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:16:41 -0500 (CDT), Valeri Galtsev wrote:
> On Mon, July 31, 2017 10:44 am, Duane Whitty wrote:
> >
> > On 17-07-31 12:40 PM, Polytropon wrote:
> >> On Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:19:27 -0300, Duane Whitty wrote:
> >>> Polytropon, in an earlier thread on this list (FreeBSD 11.1, Xfce, and
> >>> laptop screen and external monitor resolution) you mentioned you were
> >>> using a Dell Latitude D630.  Do you have the wireless working under
> >>> FreeBSD on that machine?  I am writing this email from D630.
> >>
> >> Yes, it works very nicely, even though I do not regularly use it
> >> due to a "fixed installation" of that particular machine, even
> >> with a docking station. :-)
> >>
> >
> > That's awesome.  Thanks for your quick reply.
> Incidentally, Dell is known for changing chipsets almost on daily basis.
> With the same laptop model you may have multiple choices of wileress
> adapter. Intel one may cost a few dollars more (but you know what you
> get). "Dell wireless card" may mean any chipset Dell can get their hands
> on at lowerst cost to them, and the "re-brand" it as Dell; if you are
> lucky (from the point of view of FreeBSD compatibility), you may get
> Atheros, if you are not, you may get crap like Broadcom BCM 43xx (the last
> is proprietary with very little of info about internals disclosed, but the
> worst is: it has 64 bit bus front end, but is 32 bit internally... mess in
> other words).

In this particular machine, those two networking interfaces
are being used:

wpi0@pci0:12:0:0:       class=0x028000 card=0x10218086 chip=0x42228086 rev=0x02
    vendor     = 'Intel Corporation'
    device     = 'PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection'
    class      = network

bge0@pci0:9:0:0:        class=0x020000 card=0x01fe1028 chip=0x167314e4 rev=0x02
    vendor     = 'Broadcom Limited'
    device     = 'NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express'
    class      = network
    subclass   = ethernet

The Intel graphics is also working very good - performant even
for 3D stuff, tested with OpenArena. ;-)

> So, good luck. If worst comes to worst, you can get different WiFi card on
> e-bay, make/model that is known to work under FreeBSD. The good news about
> Dell is, they do not make in BIOS list of "approved" adapters, as opposed
> to nasty guys like Compaq, I'm not sure is after HP bought them out they
> still do so.

And it's very easy to access the expansion bay in which the WLAN
module is located (and next to it, a GSM module can be added).
Take screws from the back, turn around, three screws from the
keyboard, lift it - and in the lower left you can find those
components. The HF microconnectors lead to the back of the system
and from there inside the screen.

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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