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ERROR @wl_cfg80211_get_station : Wrong Mac address  

This message continuously prints out on my virtual console. What does it mean, what is its cause and how would one fix it?

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More information you can refer to this article, but that article is in Chinese. The problem in that article is the same as yours. northcamel.com/install-broadcom-wireless-driver-in-linux –  northcamel May 10 '13 at 7:57

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I had the same problem. According to this http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-2082752.html it is caused by a buggy broadcom driver. The suggested solution is to manually upgrade to the lastest driver which you can get here: http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php.

This worked for me.

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As work around, just set fake MAC address in your wifi connection settings, in Ubuntu it's called "cloned MAC address".

I had the same error message on my Ubuntu 14.04 after upgrading from 13.10 with Broadcom BCM4313 wireless card, suggested answers didn't work for me, rolling back driver or changing it with different ones like STA and b43 didn't fix the issue. That work around made the error disappear.

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This is an awesome answer and works a treat. Just set the cloned address to the real address and the messages stop. thank you! –  John Lawrence Aspden Sep 2 at 10:29

I've also had this problem on my MacBook Pro 13" (mid 2012) running Linux Mint 16 (64-bit) and I found another solution by installing the package linux-firmware-nonfree:

sudo apt-get remove --purge bcmwl-kernel-source
sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree

Attention: You have to do this while using the ethernet link for internet connection!

Thanks to chili555: Mac Address Error in Console Constantly Repeating AFter Connecting to School Network

EDIT: I've used this solution now for some hours and could observe that my wlan connections collapsed for several times. In all cases pings to the gateway were not or only partly answered and the availability of all wlan networks went down to nearly 0%. For now I will go back to the broadcom drivers from the official ppa.

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