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I'm planning on using the virtualhere app to set up a portable usb over ip server as well as giving me a way to screen cast (when i'm away from my home network) to my yogabook, which is irritatingly incapable of ad hoc, and as far as i understand hotspot/AP modes won't work for those kinds of setups.

Also i've seen the chip referred as the BCM43438 but on the adafruit site and a wiki of compatable wifi's it's called the BCM43143. Has this changed at some point?

  • There are verifiable photos of the WiFi chip that would strongly suggest it's a BCM43438 on the Pi 3 at least: this article and accompanying photo from the Pi Foundation, and this one from raspi.tv. There was a ye olde Farnell datasheet that came out at the Pi 3 launch with the wrong number, and it seems to have stuck as a reference. – goobering Mar 26 '17 at 22:28
  • ...and here is the reference I was looking for for the Pi Zero W. Definitely the 43438. – goobering Mar 26 '17 at 22:32
  • I am not sure I understand your question, but you can list list the capabilities of the chip with sudo iw list | grep -A 12 -i "supported interface modes" – Milliways Mar 26 '17 at 23:03
  • actually don't own one yet, this was going to be the deciding factor, but knowing that BCM3143 was a typo helps a lot, as the capabilities of the BCM3438 are answered here holes in my knowledge lead me to ask the wrong question i guess, but either way thank you, because you did tell me what i needed to know. – Candid Astrius Mar 27 '17 at 2:31

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