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b43 and b43legacy are wireless drivers for Broadcom SoftMAC chipsets. Kernel will automatically pick a proper module for you:


Known problems & limitations

Resolved problems

List of hardware

To check for a present hardware model execute following command:

lspci -nn -d 14e4:

If the chipset isn't listed, check if it's connected via SSB (Sonics Silicon Backplane). Such connected chipsets only become visible after the ssb kernel module has been loaded.

Please look carefully at device ID and chipset name.

PCI-ID Supported? Chip ID Modes PHY version Alternative
14e4:0576 not tested BCM43224 a/b/g/n ? brcm80211
14e4:4301 yes (b43legacy) BCM4301 b B
14e4:4306 yes (b43legacy) BCM4306/2 b/g G
14e4:4307 yes BCM4306/3 b/g G
14e4:4311 yes BCM4311 b/g G wl
14e4:4312 yes BCM4311 a/b/g G (r8) wl
14e4:4313 not tested BCM4311 a ? wl
no BCM4313 b/g/n LCN (r1) brcm80211
14e4:4315 yes BCM4312 b/g LP (r1) wl
14e4:4318 yes BCM4318 b/g G (r7)
14e4:4319 yes BCM4318 a/b/g G
14e4:4320 yes (b43legacy) BCM4306/2 b/g G (r1)
yes BCM4306/3 ? G (r2)
14e4:4321 partially BCM4321 ? N (r2)
14e4:4322 yes (3.18+) BCM4322 b/g/n N (r4)
14e4:4324 yes (b43legacy) BCM4306 a/b/g G (r1)
yes BCM4306/3 a/b/g G (r5)
14e4:4325 yes (b43legacy) BCM4306/2 b/g G (r1)
14e4:4328 partially BCM4321 a/b/g/n N (r2) wl
14e4:4329 partially BCM4321 b/g/n N (r1) wl
14e4:432a not tested BCM4321 a/n N wl
14e4:432b partially BCM4322 a/b/g/n N (r4) wl
14e4:432c yes BCM4322 b/g/n N wl
14e4:432d not tested BCM4322 a/n N wl
14e4:4331 yes (3.2-rc3+) BCM4331 a/b/g/n HT (r1) wl
14e4:4350 yes (3.8+) BCM43222 a/b/g/n N (r6)
14e4:4353 yes (3.1+) BCM43224 a/b/g/n N (r6) wl/brcm80211
14e4:4357 yes (3.1+) BCM43225 b/g/n N (r6) wl/brcm80211
14e4:4358 yes (3.17+) BCM43227 b/g/n N (r16) wl
14e4:4359 yes (3.17+) BCM43228 a/b/g/n N (r16) wl
14e4:4360 no BCM4360 ? AC (r1)
14e4:4365 no BCM43142 b/g/n LCN40 (r3) wl
14e4:43a0 no BCM4360 a/b/g/n/ac AC? wl
no BCM4352 a/b/g/n/ac ? wl
14e4:43a9 yes (3.17+) BCM43217 b/g/n N (r17)
14e4:43aa yes (3.17+) BCM43131 b/g/n N (r17)
14e4:43b1 no BCM4352 a/b/g/n/ac AC (r3)
14e4:4727 no BCM4313 b/g/n LCN (r1) wl/brcm80211
14e4:a8d6 not tested BCM43222 ? N (6)
14e4:a8d8 yes (3.6+) BCM43224 a/b/g/n N (r6) brcm80211
yes (3.6+) BCM43225 ? N (r6) brcm80211
14e4:a8db partially (3.18+) BCM43217 b/g/n N (r17)
14e4:a99d not tested BCM43421? ? ?


In case of any problem, please start with providing hardware model (including ID) and description of the issue.