Reverse engineering; How to...

Bernhard Schmidt bschmidt at
Thu Mar 29 07:15:31 UTC 2012

On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 22:22, Chris.H <bsd.chris at> wrote:
> Greetings,
>  Over the past year, in an effort to convert my server farm to wireless, I've purchased some half a dozen USB wireless dongles, at a total cost of ~150.00. Unfortunately, none of them are (yet) supported — I know, I know, I've already had this debate with both dev's, & users. On the up-side, I've devised a resource that will greatly assist would-be adopters in selecting, and researching these, and other adapters _currently supported_ under under FreeBSD. That said; the adapter I most recently purchased, is quite nice (Cisco(Linksys) AE2500 Wireless-N).
> [..]
> idVendor = 0x13b1
> idProduct = 0x003a
> bcdDevice = 0x0001
> iManufacturer = 0x0001 <Cisco>
> iProduct = 0x0002 <Linksys AE2500>
> iSerialNumber = 0x0003 <000000000001>
> bNumConfigurations = 0x0001

Seems to be Broadcom based, BCM43236[1]. I'm afraid, you won't have
much fun which that thing.. though, afaik Linux' brcm80211[2] supports
it. If you want to port that driver, by all means, go for it! The
license looks pretty useful at least.



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