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Date:      Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:14:12 +0100
From:      Ben Woods <>
To:        Carmel <>,  "" <>
Subject:   Getting wireless network up and running
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In-Reply-To: <20160315173122.GB92613@slackbox.erewhon.home>
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> > > > > I cannot seem to get my wireless network up and running.
> > > > >
> > > > > /boot/loader.conf
> > > > > if_bwn_load=3D"YES"  # Broadcom BCM43xx IEEE 802.11 wireless NICs
> You also need to load the firmware using the ports/net/bwn-firmware-kmod
> port
> *before* calling ifconfig. See the manual page bwn(4). (Type =E2=80=98man=
 4 bwn=E2=80=99
> in a
> terminal or on the console to view the manual page.)

Just to ensure we are clear, installing the firmware and loading the kernel
module are 2 separate steps.

1. Install the package bwn-firmware-kmod, or install it from ports

2. Load the firmware module into the kernel.
# kldload bwn_v4_ucode

To ensure this is loaded during next book, add the following line to

You should be able to see that the kernel module has loaded using the
kldstat command.

Once you have done this, and have the correct /etc/rc.conf and
/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf configuration as previously recommended, it should

Note that if it doesn't work, you could try instead loading the low power
kernel module instead of the one above:
# kldunload bwn_v4_ucode
# kldload bwn_v4_lp_ucode

To use the LP module after the next reboot, change the line in
/boot/loader.conf to:

Good luck,


From: Benjamin Woods

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