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bcm43xx driver capabilities

Wireless features


  • Station mode (also called Infrastructure or Managed mode). That's the mode where you connect to an Access Point.
  • Access Point mode (although not tested very well).
  • Monitor and Promisc mode.
  • "Monitor while operating" and multiple monitor interfaces.
  • In-Hardware traffic de/encryption (relieves your CPU).
  • LEDs to signal card state and traffic.
  • Probably something we forgot to add here.

Does not work, yet

  • Ad-Hoc (IBSS) mode.
  • In-Hardware MAC address filter.
  • Interference mitigation.
  • Bluetooth coexistance
  • Probably something else that's not listed under "Works".

Device support


  • bcm4306
    • all newer revisions supported (built after about Jan 2005)
    • old revisions partially supported. Lacks some features like hw-crypto.

Partially supported

  • bcm4311 / bcm4312 (Major transmission power issues)
  • bcm4318 (Major transmission power issues)


  • 802.11a devices

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