NOTE: this page is for archival only, see the note at the end of the page.


brcm80211 is a complete fullmac (BCM4329) and softmac (BCM4313, BCM43224, BCM43225) wireless driver.


  • Completely open source host driver, no binary object files
  • On-chip firmware loaded using standard request_firmware()
  • Support for BCM43224, BCM43225, BCM4313 (PCIe NIC)
  • Framework for supporting new chips, including mac80211-aware embedded chips
  • Does not support older PCI/PCIe chips with SSB backplane
  • Uses minstrel_ht rate algorithm
  • HW based encryption not enabled yet
  • Infrastructure for future chips in place.
  • AMPDU support
  • many software, ucode and phy/radio counters available.

To Be Done once driver is in mainline

  • Add support for
    • suspend/resume
    • RFKill
    • 40MHz channels
    • powersave
    • debufs (for accessing counters and other diagnostic info)
    • monitor mode
    • IBSS
    • AP

Supported Chips


PCI Device ID







Get the code

The driver is currently available in staging-next branch of the staging tree, available at:


The driver is also available in the 2.6.38 kernel. When using 'make menuconfig' it can be accessed:

Location: -> Device Drivers

  • -> Staging drivers

    • -> Exclude Staging drivers from being built

      • -> Broadcom IEEE802.11n WLAN drivers

        • -> Broadcom IEEE802.11n driver style

Things To Be Done ================= See the TODO file

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