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Old 8th April 2011, 05:38 PM
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Installing the boardcom wifi driver using akmod or kmod


Fedora 15 with the latest updates.

I have the following wifi hardware device:
01:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
And using the kernel:
Code: #1 SMP Wed Mar 30 16:55:57 UTC 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
To install the boardcom wifi driver I first used the kmod-wl driver. However, when I did the usual:
yum install kmod-wl
It complained about my kernel version is not supported.

So I tried the following:
yum install akmod-wl
Reboot the computer and everything worked fine, checked that the wl had been loaded:
lsmod | grep -i wl
Now I can connect to the wifi.

What is the difference between the kmod-wl and akmod-wl? kmod failed but akmod was successful?

Many thanks for any suggestions,
Old 8th April 2011, 05:54 PM
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Re: Installing the boardcom wifi driver using akmod or kmod

Akmod compiles the kernel module when the kmod is not available. My guess is that the kmod matching your kernel was not available. Once the kmod is available, it takes over the kernel module built by akmod.

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