I just updated to Fedora 30 on my Macbook Air and can no longer connect to wifi using the broadcom-wl driver from RPMFusion. WiFi networks are displayed and I can click in NetworkManager to connect, but it ultimately just returns the error “Activation of network connection failed”.
Here’s what I get when running lspci -k :
03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries BCM4360 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 03)
`Subsystem: Apple Inc. Device 0117`
`Kernel driver in use: wl`
`Kernel modules: bcma, wl`
Here’s what I get when I run iwconfig :
wlp3s0 IEEE 802.11 ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=200 dBm
Retry short limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
I just tried that and it doesn’t work either… Still “connecting…”, then “activation failed”, then trying to connect again.
Interestingly, with broadcom-wl I actually noticed that (once) after trying to connect for like an hour it eventually worked (temporarily - attempting to change networks or reconnecting reset the whole cycle)
Unfortunately, I think this seems to indicate a driver issue. We’ll have to look into a bit. Maybe worth investing in a cheap wifi dongle thing in the meantime. You get cheap ones for a fiver on amazon etc.
Before I got my new system (a Thinkpad), I had the broadcom wifi too, and even though support has improved considerably, it’s still buggy at times
Downgrading specifically to wpa_supplicant-2.6-17.fc29.x86_64.rpm and then excluding wpa_supplicant in dnf.conf has been the only solution that worked for me so far. I’m using a MacBook Pro 7,1 and with this method I still have a few issues with WiFi but it’s very sparse.