Install Broadcom wireless 802.11 driver in Fedora 17 / 16 / 15 / 14

Broadcom wireless driver can be installed from source package or you can install the pre-compiled version. In this post you can find information on how to install pre-compiled version using yum install. This package can be install the same way how we install Firefox 6 or UNRAR in Fedora 15 / 14. If you have already upgraded your rpmfusion free and non-free release in your system then skip the dependencies.


Run the following command in terminal one by one and type the password for the root when prompted.

For rpmfusion free release

su -c 'rpm -Uvh'

For rpmfusion non free release

su -c 'rpm -Uvh'

Once you have upgraded the rpmfusion free and non-free release in your system then update the system using the following command. Type the password for the user when prompted.

sudo yum update

To install Broadcom Wireless driver

To install the driver run the following command in terminal.

sudo yum install kmod-wl

Now restart your system. It should work.

Hope this will be helpful for you!!!

  • vishal

    thanks pal., worked for me!!

  • Mahyar

    My laptop won’t install kmod-wl. It doesn’t seem to exist on x86_64.

    Any ideas?

    • Hi Mahyar,

      Try this command “sudo yum install broadcom-wl”. You successfully upgraded the rpm fusion free and non-free release isn’t it?

      • steven lyngdoh

        I tried but its showing ,Please re-boot … I rebooted but still no progress..>?

  • TuxTux

    Good a tutorial!!!
    worked for me!!

    From Yucatàn (Chichen-Itza), Mèxico, Greetings!!!
    : )

  • Adilson

    Sorry man!
    I did it… but not worked for me.
    I use Fedora 16 with a kernel 3.1.0-7.fc16.x86_64.
    Wired network works fine, but wireless network…. nothing…
    Anything else for tips?

    • hajime

      exact same problem with kernel 3.1.5-6.fc16

  • eko

    very good. its helpfull…….

  • Hi, Im usin DELL Inspiron 14″ lap model 4050 ,4gb ram 320 hd,.
    Now i m using Fedora 16 .From this OS the wireless network symbol in not shown and wirelss network drivet is not get yet now ………..Plz help ME………..

  • AndroidSefi

    all those who have upgraded and can’t install broadcom driver :
    after installing “kmod-wl” you need to install kernel module for your broadcom wireless device
    use uname -r and will give you your current kernel name and version.
    use “yum search broadcom” and it will give available kernel modules.
    after finding the one that fits your kernel download it and install it. for example :
    yum install kmod-wl-
    if you are using 3.x kernel please check on rpmfusion website for modules. download it through webpage and install manually “yum localinstall kmod-wl-3.0.1.fc16.x86_64.x86_64″
    good luck
    if you need any assistance you could find me by mail :

  • JakeyD

    You are my hero! I have been trying to figure this out for 3 days! Thank you!!!

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  • Arihant

    First of all let me thank you as the command which you have put up has worked perfectly for fedora 16. But the new problem that has appeared is, till last night everything was working fine. i was able to access net through wireless. today morning i don’t know what went wrong. on the right hand side corner we can see the network symbol. till last night it was showing 3 options wired, wireless and network settings. but today its showing only 2 options. wired and network settings. wireless is missing. am not able to connect through wireless. i reinstalled the command mentioned above but still its not working.

  • David66

    Thanks alot worked for me, Pavilion dv6.

  • Cyberspark

    This was a great help and it worked for me.

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  • mva

    Thank you!!!

  • popehax

    This did NOT work for me. If you tried WL drivers, Ndiswrapper and didn’t manage to get it working, try this, worked for me (using defaults B43 drivers, i have a bcm4312):

    sudo yum install b43*
    tar xjf b43-fwcutter-015.tar.bz2
    cd b43-fwcutter-015/
    sudo make install
    cd ..
    export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR=”/lib/firmware”
    tar xjf broadcom-wl-5.100.138.tar.bz2
    sudo b43-fwcutter -w “$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR” broadcom-wl-5.100.138/linux/wl_apsta.o

    • jengsen

      [root@localhost driver-update]# sudo b43-fwcutter -w

    • jengsen

      This work for the ;last step –
      sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware/b43/ wl_apsta.o

    • DAVID

      Thank you soooo much!
      Fedora 17 on a HP mini 1000

  • Tiago Lopes

    Thank you. Works perfectly

  • afciv

    Thank You! This worked for me with fedora 17

  • Anil

    Thanx it worked for me…i was trying it from last 3 days…thnax a lot

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    • GMontag451

      Edit: I should have said; this works in Fedora 17 on my HP Compaq Presario CQ50

  • chimaobi

    nice stuff, it worked on my dell inspirion running on fedora16.

  • fedora

    nice post

  • Marc M

    Thank you, thank you, thank you
    I Just “copy paste” those 3 lines in FEDORA 19 freshly installed on my Dell Inspiron 1545.
    I now have wireless connection

  • jc

    THANK YOU !!!!!!

  • Zuhair Saleem

    I am new in fedora
    I was using windows 7
    After the same commands it was working. But after new updation WIFI is not working
    What will do?

  • Sushant Bhangale

    In fedroa 15_32bit wi -fi & Ethernet not work

  • Neil Gunter

    Works on Fedora 20, HP Mini 1000 (1030NR)

  • Nagesh H.N

    works on fedora 22

  • Konrad

    Works on Fedora 22. Lenovo g510

  • Boliye

    Thanks the post worked perfect for me. God bless you…………!

  • Charles Mkwerekwere

    kmod-wl no package available