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Old 29th August 2008, 04:52 PM
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Wireless connects and drops secure networks (broadcom)

Hello all,
I am frustrated... I have installed Fedora9 on my Dell Latitude 620. It has a Broadcom wireless card.
When I am connected to a unsecured wireless network all seems fine. But when I connect to my home secured wireless it will connect and even work for a bit, then disconnect, then reconnect and disconnect.

This is driving me nuts, when I used Ubuntu 7x & 8.04 it worked fine. I dunno if it is because of the driver that Ubuntu was installing or what but I really would like to use Fedora.

Anyone have a clue of what it could be?
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Old 29th August 2008, 05:12 PM
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Hello abovenbeyond

Most of us who use broadcom cards with Fedora don't have that sort of problem with encrypted networks. I don't with my 4318 and WPA encryption.

Are you using the b43 driver or ndiswrapper?

Which broadcom card do you have, running:

Code:
/sbin/lspci
will probably tell us that.

If you are using b43 which firmware did you cut?

I assume you are using NetworkManager, what sort of signal level is it showing and how far are you from the access point?
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Old 29th August 2008, 06:02 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bbfuller
Are you using the b43 driver or ndiswrapper?
b43 driver

[QUOTE=bbfuller]Which broadcom card do you have, running:
Code:
/sbin/lspci
Will answer when I get to the laptop.

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Originally Posted by bbfuller
If you are using b43 which firmware did you cut?
Here is what I did...
yum -y update b43-fwcutter
sed -i 's/blacklist bcm43xx/#blacklist bcm43xx/g' /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
wget http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/b...0.10.5.tar.bz2
tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
cd broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver
b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta_mimo.o
rm -f broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
rm -rf broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5

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I assume you are using NetworkManager, what sort of signal level is it showing and how far are you from the access point?
Full all 4-5 bars, I am in the same room and the wireless router.
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