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kern/40279: import bwi(4), driver for Broadcom BCM43xx 802.11 wifi devices, including Apple's AirPort Extreme

>Number:         40279
>Category:       kern
>Synopsis:       import bwi(4), driver for Broadcom BCM43xx 802.11 wifi 
>devices, including Apple's AirPort Extreme
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    kern-bug-people
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Sun Dec 28 00:00:00 +0000 2008
>Originator:     Taylor R Campbell <>
>Release:        NetBSD 4.0_STABLE
System: [sent from a machine with nothing pertaining to bwi(4); my PowerBook is 
out of commission this week]

        I have ported the bwi(4) driver from OpenBSD and DragonFlyBSD
        to NetBSD.  I use it regularly in the netbsd-4 branch, I have
        built and tested it in the netbsd-5 branch, and I have ported
        it also to -current as of a month or two ago and successfully
        built it but have not tested it.


        Install NetBSD on a PowerBook G4 with an AirPort Extreme card.
        Grumble at the absence of wifi support.


        Apply patches at
        Consider importing the firmware into pkgsrc, like that for

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