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Re: BCM43224 driver

I didn't know about the mail being send as HTML. as I informed I checked and set text-based email as default.
about the tutorial, thanks for the clear cut way to search for driver support.
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Subject: Re: BCM43224 driver
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2020, 23:05
From:  Martin Neitzel <>
To:  <>
> Hi John,

> > I want to know if there is any chance to enable Broadcom BCM 43224 in netbsd.
> > What driver (even similar driver) i could use for this.

> congrats on switching from text/html to text/plain. That makes
> your mails readable for me (I'm using mail(1) from base) and deserves
> a reply.

> Most chapter 4 man pages for the various drivers explicitly list
> the chips and product brand names supported by the driver.

> NetBSD's "man -k" keyword search is now full-text based, and that makes
> it much easier to search for drivers or the stat of support.
> On NetBSD-8-stable, I get these results:

> man -k 43224 ==> nothing
> man -k bmc ==> a single false hit ("bcms" in dhcp-options(5))
> man -k braodcom ==> half a dozen broadcom network drivers

> Out of the latter, bwi(4) appears to be the closest candidate, but
> not a really good match for your hardware. It lists:

> The following cards are among those supported by the bwi driver:

> Card Chip Bus Standard
> Buffalo WLI-CB-G54 BCM4306 CardBus b/g
> Buffalo WLI3-CB-G54L BCM4318 CardBus b/g
> Buffalo WLI-PCI-G54S BCM4306 PCI b/g
> Dell Wireless 1370 BCM4318 Mini PCI b/g
> Dell Wireless 1470 BCM4318 Mini PCI b/g
> Dell Truemobile 1400 BCM4309 Mini PCI b/g
> Dell Latitude D505 BCM4306 PCI b/g
> Apple AirPort Extreme b/g

> Alas, the "43224" doesn't appear to be closely related to this 43xy chip
> family.

> That's the general idea to look for a driver. It also makes sense
> to "man -k" for product or model names. You *might* be more lucky
> with NetBSD-9 or -current, I didn't check these.

> Usually, NetBSD will auto-detect all hardware which it supports.
> So don't expect too much. These "man -k" checks are best before
> you invest in new hardware to see wether it would be supported.

Martin Neitzel

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