advice for buying a laptop

Kyle Evans kevans91 at
Thu Jun 9 15:12:56 UTC 2016

On Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 10:02 AM, Valeri Galtsev
<galtsev at> wrote:
> Sorry, I was not clear enough.
> Intel WiFi adapters with model numbers 6xxx and 7xxx require some
> additions/modifications to wireless stack on FreeBSD. These adapters will
> not work under FreeBSD
> Intel adapters with model numbers 5xxx 4xxx and smaller should work under
> FreeBSD (were reported to work under FreeBSD) - current FreeBSD stack has
> all necessary for these, you may need to fiddle a bit with installing
> latest firmware.
> This is as far as I know. You may want to check which WiFi adapter the
> laptop of your choice has. Relying just on the fact that some laptop is
> certified for Linux (they usually will like Ubuntu for it) does not
> guarantee that WiFi on that laptop will work under FreeBSD. Namely, all
> Intel adapters with model numbers 7xxx and 6xxx will work under Linux, but
> will not under FreeBSD. As far as I know, that is; somebody, correct me if
> I'm wrong (with the reference to how I can make Intel 7xxx or 6xxx work
> under FreeBSD).
> I hope, this helps.
> Valeri
>> Best,
>> Chris
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The 7260 and 7265 seem to work pretty well with iwm(4), and iwn(4)
provides support for some 6xxx chips. Additional firmware required.


Kyle Evans

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