2010.12 KDE on two laptops.
compaq Presario C500 - when first setting up w/l, networks show only home at very low link level whereas usually all the neighbors show up as well. Once I set it up all seems well.
Toshiba a300 series - ethernet is id as eth0 and w/l is identified as eth1 but works fine.
Whatever the gang is doing, these Broadcom w/l devices are working with no ndiswrapper or work arounds whereas other distros don't.