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benoitc
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:53 pm    Post subject: how do you live with bcm43xx on a powerbook/ibook ? Reply with quote

I would like to share my experience with others and some feedback if possible about use of bcm43xx.

In fact I use it (a liitle) since 3 months on my powerbook 5,6 whitout any osx on this machine. Wifi works at home with wep. I hangs sometimes (less with 2.6.19-rc2) but it works. The point is it seems impossible to connecect outdorr. Except if I enter hexadecimal key. I have to ask for it and some of my custommers don't always know it. (tey know the string). So I can't have network. Anthother pb, sometimes the driver don't bind to AP. And of course I can have only 11Mb/s .

I would like to know if you have such pb and how do you solve them ? Do you use another card ?


I hope there will be some feedback here. It could help me and all of us that to use their powerbook but under linux :)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using gentoo on a Powerbook G4 (kernel is 2.6.17-gentoo-r8). The driver bcm43xx works quite ok.

I'm using wpa_supplicant to take care of WEP and WPA. It takes a little to reconnect after sleeping (sometimes 1-2 minutes) but it's usually fast when starting the laptop for the first time.

I'm not completely sure if you can specify WEP strings on wpa_gui, but you can add those networks to the config file and use the gui to change the network

Hope this helps
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you use the command "iwconfig eth? key s:string" (replacing eth* with your network device and string with your password string) and after that just type "iwconfig" it should display the wep key in hex.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:28 pm    Post subject: Re: how do you live with bcm43xx on a powerbook/ibook ? Reply with quote

benoitc wrote:
Anthother pb, sometimes the driver don't bind to AP


I've had a similar problem when using the free wireless in the city I live in. I can go to one bar and use the the free wifi fine, but I can go to another bar (where they provide the same wireless network) and it will not connect at all. In the logs I see that, apparently, the iee80211softmac driver has associated fine, but none of the network scripts seem to detect this and so it never actually tries to do the DHCP bit. I've just decided not to go to places where it doesn't work (they serve better coffee anyway) but it can be annoying. I know that's no help (and I haven't really tried to work out what's going on, so can't really complain) but, for me, in all other cases the BCM43xx driver has been reliable.
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