Broadcom 4311. How do I install it

Asked by WKen Couser on 2007-04-22

I am a recemt convert to Linux / Ubuntu.

I have a Compaq Presario - C506CA Notebook that has a Broadcom 0x4311 wireless device I can see it in the device manager but it does not appear in networking.

How do I install it?

Thanks, ken

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WKen Couser
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2007-05-30
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Hello,

open a console (terminal window) and give the following command:

sudo aptitude install bcm43xx-fwcutter

During install the application will ask whether he should fix the firmware itself, agree.

Now your wireless should be working :)

klondike0 (cjboeckman) said : #2

I like this solution more than the trusty old ndiswrapper-1.37 but haven't achieved full connectivity with it.

I've got a gateway mx6453 and just switched to fiesty and with the above command can scan wireless connections with the applet from the get go, which is sweet, but can't seem to get a connection with any wireless hub.

lspci lists the BCM4311 as:

05:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-PCI Card (rev 01)

and iwconfig says (after changing eth1 to wlan0 in /etc/iftab):

wlan0 IEEE 802.11b/g ESSID:off/any Nickname:"Broadcom 4311"
          Mode:Managed Frequency=2.484 GHz Access Point: Invalid
          Bit Rate=1 Mb/s Tx-Power=18 dBm
          RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
          Link Quality=0/100 Signal level=-256 dBm Noise level=-256 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

Anyone else having this difficulty?

Hello,

I gave up on 6.10 edgy and reinstalled using Fiesty.

I am having the same problem as Klondike0.

I noticed that my iwconfig version is not the same as my eth1 version and i ac not <set< my ESSID using iwconfig.

I appreciate any and all assistance.

ken :-)

Dennis Dirdjaja (dcd-ditsch) said : #4

If you can't connect with NetworkManager, which is default in Ubuntu, you perhaps want to give wifi-radar a try.

klondike0 (cjboeckman) said : #5

It is not a complete broken problem, I've been able to connect on 2 of 7 network, both open. I can always see networks like no one's business, so I think it is really close to full functionality. There is a lot of talky about similar problems in feisty, and I can't even see a pattern yet so it is still a tinkerer's OS, as though you didn't already know this...

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=419905

Out of curiousity, does anyone know of a 'dumb', 'cheap' device that will receive wireless communication and then share that connection via an ethernet cable? Kind of a reverse wireless router box... perhaps with multiple wireless cards for fooling hotel routers into giving up extra bandwidth...

Dennis Dirdjaja (dcd-ditsch) said : #6

klondike0, the problem is that most wireless devices don't have any linux driver support, so we have to rely on things like ndiswrapper or reversed-engineered drivers like bcm43xx, which do a good work when you keep in mind that the programmers did not know the specifications of the device.

The Ā»reverse wireless routerĀ« you are looking for is any wireless router which supports the wireless client mode. I am on such a connection network because broadband (DSL) internet connection is not available in our region. We are using Linksys WRT54 with DD-WRT on it for this task.

klondike0 (cjboeckman) said : #7

Thanks for the info, looks like I already have that hypothetical piece of travel gear. And I got my bcm4311 up on Feisty to WPA through ndiswrapper 1.43 using cabs from gateway and this oft trodden guide:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Device/Broadcom_BCM4311_rev_01_%28ndiswrapper%29?highlight=%28WifiDocs%2FDevice%29

Thank you to all whom have answered my post.

I have solved my problem with the aid of the community.

My problem consisted of three issues.
1) My network card is a Broadcom Dell 1390 not a Broadcom 4311.
I used this How To to find out the information

2) I needed to get my card working so I followed this HowTo exactly

3) I needed to connect to my router.
My router is a Linksys WRT54G running a firmware V3 and has WEP security.
I upgraded the router to V4 and set it up with WAP2 - Personal security
I upgraded the Windows XP machines with a Microsoft, ugh I hate that word, patch - KB893357.
I followed this HOW TO precisely
  HOWTO: Wireless Security - WPA1, WPA2, LEAP, etc.

Credits to

WEIMAN01

Sorry I need to finish my post

Thank you to all whom have answered my post.

I have solved my problem with the aid of the community.

My problem consisted of three issues.
1) My network card is a Broadcom Dell 1390 not a Broadcom 4311.
I used this How To to find out the information
Wifi Docs/Wireless Cards Supported

2) I needed to get my card working so I followed this HowTo exactly
HOWTO: Dell Inspiron Wireless (Broadcom 1390 WLAN)

3) I needed to connect to my router.
My router is a Linksys WRT54G running a firmware V3 and has WEP security.
I upgraded the router to V4 and set it up with WAP2 - Personal security
I upgraded the Windows XP machines with a Microsoft, ugh I hate that word, patch - KB893357.
I followed this HOW TO precisely
  HOWTO: Wireless Security - WPA1, WPA2, LEAP, etc.

Credits to
WEIMAN01.
paperdiesel

and the community.
Cheers ken