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Date:      Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:14:12 +0100
From:      Ben Woods <woodsb02@gmail.com>
To:        Carmel <carmel_ny@outlook.com>,  "freebsd-questions@freebsd.org" <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Getting wireless network up and running
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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
(net/bwn-firmware-kmod).

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
/boot/loader.conf:
bwn_v4_ucode_load=3D"YES"

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
work.

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:
bwn_v4_lp_ucode_load=3D"YES"

Good luck,
Ben


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