Install Broadcom Wireless Drivers Offline?

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Install Broadcom Wireless Drivers Offline?

Postby Sum1 » 2019-01-23 20:25

I was wondering how to install Broadcom wireless drivers offline. I don't care which, I just need something that can be installed offline and easily. I'm used to Ubuntu, and Fedora methods of installing packages. This Debian stuff is strange to me.
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Re: Install Broadcom Wireless Drivers Offline?

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2019-01-23 20:37

Go to the Debian wiki page for the driver in question, find out which packages you need, download the .debs from http://debian.backend.mirrors.debian.org/debian/pool/ and then install them with `dpkg -i *.deb`.
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Re: Install Broadcom Wireless Drivers Offline?

Postby stevepusser » 2019-01-23 21:17

If you need the hybrid "wl" driver provided by the broadcom-sta-dkms package, it is possible to get the driver deb package built on a connected system that uses the same kernel, using module assistant. Then you just install that on the isolated system. You can do that yourself on a Debian system in a virtual machine, too, or in a MX Linux Live system after installing the stock Debian kernel there (MX Live sessions allow this, but not the Debian ones), or you could get someone to build it for you if you ask nicely...do you need 32 or 64-bit if you need "wl"?
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Re: Install Broadcom Wireless Drivers Offline?

Postby Sum1 » 2019-01-23 21:47

stevepusser wrote:do you need 32 or 64-bit if you need "wl"?

64-bit
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Re: Install Broadcom Wireless Drivers Offline?

Postby stevepusser » 2019-01-23 22:00

Sum1 wrote:
stevepusser wrote:do you need 32 or 64-bit if you need "wl"?

64-bit


Are you sure you need the "wl" driver? Some broadcom hardware are supported by both that and built-in kernel drivers, and you just need the firmware for the built-in drivers. Do you know what chipset you have?

I'll crank out a 64-bit "wl" deb package in the meantime. It also needs a "broadcom-sta-common" deb I'll bundle with it.
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Re: Install Broadcom Wireless Drivers Offline?

Postby stevepusser » 2019-01-23 23:29

Here's the two debs in a tar.gz file archive...hopefully you know how to extract that: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1biGjB ... HXytt4ZiDq

Then they can be installed with sudo or as root with
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dpkg -i *.deb
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