21 May 2014

How To Install / Activate / Using broadcomm WLAN Adapter Driver In Linux Ubuntu

As default, Ubuntu GNU / Linux doesn't support broadcomm WLAN (WiFi) adapter. And so, if you have laptop / netbook with broadcomm adapter, you won't be able to connect to the internet throughout WiFi / hotspot connection.

But luckily, Ubuntu makes it very easy to install broadcomm WLAN adapter. There are two easy options to install it :

1. By APT
Plug your laptop in to a wired (cable) internet connection and install the driver by following command :

sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source

2. By Ubuntu Live CD / USB

In your Ubuntu Live CD / Live USB, find a folder named pool. Find these files : 
- pool/restricted/b/bcmwl/bcmwl-kernel-source.xxx.deb
- pool/main/d/dkms/dkms_xxx.deb
- pool/main/f/fakeroot/fakeroot_xxx.deb
- pool/main/f/fakeroot/libfakeroot_xxx.deb

Copy those files into your home, open terminal, and install them by following command :

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

And now, you will have your broadcomm WLAN / WiFi works.

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