Sep 16 2020

This wireless card in question would be a “Broadcom BCM 14e4: Sign up using Email and Password. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy , Privacy Policy , and our Terms of Service. I have the same card BCM 14e4: It could make all the difference from what I’ve researched. So I just decided to try again to install bcmwl-kernel-source. Support for both 32 and 64 bit Linux kernels.

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The devices use a single worldwide regulatory domain, with channels 2. The reason is simple: The open-source brcmfmac driver is available from the brcm module of the linux kernel package, maintained upstream by the linux kernel community. If the version of the driver you are using in the repository is an older version than that available from Broadcom, then contacting them would not apply. It does indeed find networks and seems to know how to connect to them, however, It will connect to them for a few minutes with very slow connection speed and then just drop.

Internal cards To identify a card that was installed inside your computer prior to purchase, please open a Terminal and execute: Using lsmod as you suggest now I think seems that has a conflict because of many drivers installed. For installation instructions, please see here. I have the same card BCM 14e4: The kernel log will tell you the exact file name.


en/users/Drivers/b43 – Linux Wireless

Make sure you linu the linux-headers package that matches your current kernel version, plus the appropriate generic header packages so that they are automatically updated on a kernel upgrade. Read the first answer of the link above when this question was marked as duplicate which involved installing removing bcmwl-kernel-source and instead install firmware-binstaller and bfwcutter. The first is the firmware-binstaller package.

It could make all the difference from what I’ve researched. Sign up using Email and Password. Support for additional new chips to follow.

Copy the downloaded file to your home folder. The b43 infrastructure is composed of two parts. I also have this exact card, and have also recently switched to Linux.

As this driver is closed source, fixes in the driver itself may only be provided by Broadcom. Instead, an investigation would need to occur to see if the version available for your release should be updated. The b43legacy infrastructure is composed of two parts. Regulatory Implementation for brcmsmac.

wl – Debian Wiki

External Links Upstream b43 and b43legacy kernel driver http: Currently I have only the following drivers loaded: The aim of Ubuntu is to ensure all card models work automatically with no, or minimal configuration. Sign up using Facebook. So, I’m not necessary new to Linux, I just never took the time to learn it, so please, bare with me.


This broadcomm of chips contain additional regulatory support independent of the driver. I also did extensive testing, and ended up just buying a cheap Linksys AE, which works fine for me through ndiswrapper. You will also need the bfwcutter package which is usually included on the install media or can be downloaded from the official online repositories. Thanks for your help, maybe I could help you too.


The broadcom-sta package aims to offer an earlier version for a given release. This is simply a script to extract and install the b43legacy driver firmware, maintained by the Ubuntu community. Installing Windows drivers with NdisWrapper.