Enable Apple wi-fi adapter on Fedora 25

Apple, Broadcom and Fedora

To do the Test Day: Better Switchable Graphics Support for Fedora, I have updated one Fedora 24 machine to a freshly F25 build. All the process through some DNF commands went fine, the system boot and the new distro works really well out of the box.

Just, one big issue with my old MacBook Pro 8,2.

The wi-fi adapter (a Broadcom card) not works.

I remember that I did the same process on F24, F23 and more… because the Broadcom wireless adapter has only proprietary drivers.

Wireless adapter - Fedora 25 on MacBook Pro

RPMfusion helps a lot

The current kernel of Fedora 25 has no support for Broadcom drivers, so not supports the MacBook Pro wi-fi chip. Proprietary Broadcom drivers are packaged and available in the RPMfusion repositories.

So, first of all we need to make the RPMfusion repositories available on our system. You can go on RPMfusion official site and follow the instructions to do that.

After, install some packages:

sudo dnf install -y "kernel-devel-uname-r == $(uname -r)"

sudo dnf install -y akmods

sudo dnf install -y broadcom-wl

Then, rebuild the kernel extensions:

sudo akmods

Finally, reboot your system:

shutdown -r now

That’s all. Enjoy it!

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