I just installed Solaris 11.3 on the laptop. This laptop have Broadcom BCM4312 WiFi card.

It looks like the install does not have a driver for this card just like 11.1 version.

I have a Linux installed on this same machine (Gentoo) and this OS does have a driver.

Is it possible to get the driver for this card somewhere? Maybe broadcom.com? Failing that is it possible to use Linux driver inside Solaris?

On the kind of related side - I tried to connect a wire and run Driver Manager, but it does not want to finish. All controls are still disabled. Any idea?

Thank you for any pointers you can provide.

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    WLAN drivers which are supplied with Solaris are listed here: pkg.oracle.com/solaris/release/en/catalog.shtml under driver/network/wlan prefix. It appears that none of them supports Broadcom
    – myaut
    Mar 11, 2017 at 17:55
  • @myaut, is it possible to run Linux driver under Solaris?
    – Igor
    Mar 11, 2017 at 18:13
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    no. Kernels have completely different APIs
    – myaut
    Mar 11, 2017 at 18:29
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    @Igor - see the Solaris Hardware Compatibility List website.
    – alanc
    Mar 12, 2017 at 16:56
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    Just run Solaris inside your Linux, using VirtualBox. I do that and it is surprisingly efficient.
    – peterh
    Jun 28, 2017 at 21:06

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@Igor, your best bet is to check out the HCL, but as Solaris is intended as a server operating system, it's unlikely that many wireless chipsets are going to be certified unless they carried over from OpenSolaris.

As a work around, you could try running Linux in a VM and using that as a proxy or router to access the internet from the global. Or manually connect to a wireless repeater that you get instead of a USB wireless card?

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