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Issue #1836

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Galaxy Note 2 Wi-Fi; Seemingly open source drivers exist but are not included in Replicant?

Added by Nichlas Severinsen over 4 years ago. Updated 11 months ago.

Status:
Closed
Priority:
Normal
Category:
Wi-Fi
Target version:
Start date:
09/19/2017
Due date:
% Done:

0%

Estimated time:
Resolution:
invalid
Device:
Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100), Galaxy Note 2 (N7100)
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Description

I'm very new to all this, so feel free to yell at me if I get this wrong. There's a huge possibility this is a duplicate issue.

The Galaxy Note 2 has a Wi-Fi chipset called Broadcom BCM4334, but Replicant does not include drivers to operate this chipset.
Thus, there is no Wi-Fi with Replicant on the Galaxy Note 2.

The way around this issue has been to use an external Wi-Fi adapter (the N150, based on the Atheros AR9271) together with RepWifi by Filippo "Fil" Bergamo.
While this solution works, it is not - in my opinion - an optimal solution.

I tried searching for drivers for the BCM4334 and found this; https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/brcm80211
I'm unsure what this page is actually saying so correct me if I'm wrong,
but that link seems to state there are libre drivers for the BCM4334 as of Linux kernel 3.6+; "Supported in 3.6+"

Running uname -a on my own Note 2 with Replicant 6.0 0002 shows kernel version 3.0.101-replicant, which would in theory be too old.

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So now to the issue; Is it true that the drivers in Linux 3.6+, that seemingly would operate BCM4334, are libre?
And how much work would it be to pull in these drivers? Could simply updating the kernel from 3.0 to 3.6+ be a solution?

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