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    Fedora 30, Macbook Air and wireless connection

    Hi, I've been running Fedora on my Macbook Air for years without any real issues.
    In reality it got better from one release to another.
    I've just installed Fedora 30 and everything seems to be working fine, apart from the wireless that takes ages to connect.
    It does eventually connect, but I get "Connection failed - Activation of network connection failed" multiple times (anything between 5 and 40).
    I had originally done an upgrade from Fedora 29, so I did a clean installation to see if that solved the problem, but it didn't/

    I'm using the drivers provided by broadcom-wl on RPM Fusion.

    Is anyone else experiencing the same issue?

    Ivan

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    Re: Fedora 30, Macbook Air and wireless connection

    I haven't upgraded to F30 yet so can't advise, but I also use the broadcom-wl drivers in F29, please could you let me know your Wireless card as it may delay me upgrading? Is it the same as this one?

    Code:
    [root@darkstar ~]# lspci |grep -i wireless
    02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries BCM4360 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 03)

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    Re: Fedora 30, Macbook Air and wireless connection

    Yes, exactly the same one...

    Code:
    $ lspci |grep -i wireless
    03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries BCM4360 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 03)

    Today it connected after just 3 attempts, but it is obviously annoying when it hangs for anything more than 5 attempts.
    Having to wait 10 minutes to get a connection isn't fun.

    If it sorts itself out with a kernel, network manager or wpa_supplicant update (I presume it's related to one of those, since the firmware hasn't changed), I'll post it here.

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    Re: Fedora 30, Macbook Air and wireless connection

    Thanks for the info, I usually wait a month or so before updating to the latest release anyway but I might wait longer this time.

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    Re: Fedora 30, Macbook Air and wireless connection

    I took my laptop to work today and remembered I always have issues connecting to the work wifi automatically, possibly because it's a hidden wifi? Anyway, It seems to work if I run the following commands (Change the bits in <> to suit your wifi):

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    [haydn@darkstar ~]$ nmcli c add type wifi con-name <WifiName> ifname wlan0 ssid <WifiSSID> 
    Warning: There are 2 other connections with the name '<WifiName>'. Reference the connection by its uuid 'fec8280f-6dfb-495b-80db-a2b0bbe43bea'
    Connection '<WifiName>' (fec8280f-6dfb-495b-80db-a2b0bbe43bea) successfully added.
    [haydn@darkstar ~]$ nmcli con modify <WifiName> wifi-sec.key-mgmt wpa-psk
    [haydn@darkstar ~]$ nmcli con modify <WifiName> wifi-sec.psk <WifiPassword>
    [haydn@darkstar ~]$ nmcli con modify <WifiName> ifname wlp2s0
    [haydn@darkstar ~]$ nmcli con up <WifiName>  # Note: Can take 10 or so seconds...
    Connection successfully activated (D-Bus active path: /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager/ActiveConnection/5)
    [haydn@darkstar ~]$

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    Re: Fedora 30, Macbook Air and wireless connection

    Thank you for the suggestion, but unfortunately it doesn't really solve the issue.
    I can see the networks and, as mentioned, it does connect eventually.
    It just takes time negotiating an IP address or going through the password identification (I don't know how to check where it really gets stuck).
    This is what I see with the following command:

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    $ nmcli d
    DEVICE  TYPE      STATE                     CONNECTION 
    wlp3s0  wifi      connecting (configuring)  MyNetwork

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    Re: Fedora 30, Macbook Air and wireless connection

    There is bug filed for this, but the information in there hasn't helped me solve the issue:
    https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1703745

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    Re: Fedora 30, Macbook Air and wireless connection

    Just tested with

    wpa_supplicant-2.6-20.fc30.x86_64.rpm
    wpa_supplicant-2.7-1.fc30.x86_64.rpm

    and it connects on first attempt.

    The issue starts from wpa_supplicant-2.7-2.fc30.x86_64.rpm

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    Re: Fedora 30, Macbook Air and wireless connection

    This build (linked to the above mentioned bug report) fixes the issue:
    https://copr-be.cloud.fedoraproject....pa_supplicant/

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