WIFI configuration

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WIFI configuration

Postby jam7755 » 2019-08-01 02:38

Hi,
I am a newbie to Debian and am trying to install the driver for my wireless card. I have been reading on the Debian wiki and have watched a youtube video and am a bit overwhelmed. I am running Debian on a Dell Inspiron 1525 with 4gb ram and a Broadcom wireless card. Below are the specs on my card:

0b:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Limited BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)

Below are the contents of my /etc/apt/sources.list file:

# deb cdrom:[Official Debian GNU/Linux Live 10.0.0 kde 2019-07-06T12:13]/ buster main

#deb cdrom:[Official Debian GNU/Linux Live 10.0.0 kde 2019-07-06T12:13]/ buster main

deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster main
deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster main

deb http://security.debian.org/debian-security buster/updates main
deb-src http://security.debian.org/debian-security buster/updates main

# buster-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster-updates main
deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster-updates main

# This system was installed using small removable media
# (e.g. netinst, live or single CD). The matching "deb cdrom"
# entries were disabled at the end of the installation process.
# For information about how to configure apt package sources,
# see the sources.list(5) manual.

On the Debian wiki page under the Broadcom 43xx wireless devices section it says to add a "contrib" component to your existing repository line.

which line in my file is this?

Below are the contents of my /etc/network/interfaces file. I wasn't sure if this would be of any help but added it below anyway.

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

source /etc/network/interfaces.d/*

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

One other small unrelated question. Why when I login to the Debian user forums is the login page not secure? I tried https and it did not work for this forum's URL.
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Re: WIFI configuration

Postby ruwolf » 2019-08-01 04:00

Where is the word "main", you can simply add "contrib", so it will end by "main contrib" (without quotation marks, of course)...
But contrib type package usually depends on non-free type package(s), so it probably needs all 3 categories: "main contrib non-free".
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Re: WIFI configuration

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2019-08-01 17:05

jam7755 wrote:On the Debian wiki page under the Broadcom 43xx wireless devices section it says to add a "contrib" component to your existing repository line.

Your hardware needs the wl driver, refer to that Debian wiki page instead.

[spoiler alert]This requires the non-free component rather than contrib[/spoiler alert]
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Re: WIFI configuration

Postby jam7755 » 2019-08-02 03:31

Thanks. ruwolf, if I am reading the beginning of your post correctly I should update all lines where "main" is. Right?
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Re: WIFI configuration

Postby ruwolf » 2019-08-02 03:55

jam7755 wrote:Thanks. ruwolf, if I am reading the beginning of your post correctly I should update all lines where "main" is. Right?
Yes, exactly...
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Re: WIFI configuration

Postby jam7755 » 2019-08-03 02:32

It's working now. Thanks ruwolf and head-on-a-stick.
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