Thanks for the suggestion.
I was using version 17.01.4. I installed
kmod-brcmsmac and that created the
/etc/config/wireless file on reboot. I also tried
kmod-b43 with no luck. I just get a "Wireless disabled or not associated" message, when it is enabled.
I tried with 18.06 and trunk using the links you gave and this procedure:
- Flash 18.06 on device
- Update package lists
kmod-brcmsmac and reboot
- Disable and reenable wifi in N and G (legacy) modes
/etc/config/wireless and run
- Flash trunk version on device
- Install luci
- Repeat steps 2-7
All I ever got was "Wireless is disabled or not associated".
Some people claimed to have luck with a patched firmware version found on a seguridadwireless.net thread, but I couldn't find a copy of it. (I was hoping that patch's magic would be incorporated in the newer OpenWRT versions.)
It seems like broadcom is a generally unpopular chip for linux drivers. I remember having trouble with a broadcom chip while installing ubuntu on a laptop about ten years ago.
I'm going to put this box on the shelf and try my luck with a netgear WPN824N in my junk pile, which has an aethos chip. I'd be happy to pull the actiontec off the shelf if anyone has any other suggestions I should try though.