Install Broadcom Wireless driver in Ubuntu 13.10 / 13.04 / 12.10 / 12.04

Broadcom Wireless driver can be installed using Additional Drivers application in Ubuntu 13.10, 13.04, 12.04, 11.10, 11.04, 10.10, 10.04.


If the below method doesn’t work then follow these links.

To Open Additional Driver Application

For Ubuntu 13.10, 13.04, 12.10 –> click here to open Additional Drivers

If your using Unity then goto dashhome and search for Additional Drivers, then open it. Check the screen shot below.

Others, goto System->Administration->Additional Drivers. Check the screen shot below.

Once you open the application it will search for the available drivers, for your machine. Check the screen shot below.

After searching it will show you a list of drivers available for your machine, check the screen shot below.

From the list select Broadcom Wireless Driver and click on the Activate button. Provide password for the user when prompted

Once it finish installing the driver, Restart your system.

After restarting your system the driver is activated and you can use the wireless network.

Supported Driver

Broadcom STA Wireless driver

This package contains Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wireless driverfor use with Broadcom’s BCM4311-, BCM4312-, BCM4313-, BCM4321-,BCM4322-, BCM43224-, and BCM43225-, BCM43227- and BCM43228-basedhardware.

Broadcom B43 Wireless driver

This package installs the firmware needed for usage of the b43 kerneldriver. Supported chipsets:- BCM4312 (with Low-Power aka LP-PHY)

Hope this will be helpful for you!!!

  • maee

    hi, when i click on activate i face an error :
    ” installation of this driver failed.
    plz have a look at the log file for details:/var/log/jockey.log”
    im new in linux so i dont know what to do with it.
    would u help me?

    • Devenda

      Is it possible that you aren’t connected to the internet?
      if possible try connecting your pc directly to your router (wired).

      • Ken

        I’m having the same problem trying to install my wireless driver, and I know it’s not my connection seeing as I’m here, replying. :<

        So far I'm fine if I'm using a wired connection, but that defeats the purpose of having a wireless router and a laptop lol

  • Hemant

    I have the same problem when I tried ubuntu 12.04 live from dvd. The drive doesn’t get activated. Any solution?

    • Hi Hemant,

      It is not possible for live cd, it will work on live usb. Because you should restart your system after the installation.

      • heri

        I have the same problem when I tried ubuntu 12.04 live from USB. The drive doesn

  • Ken sommers

    any way to do this Without a wired internet?
    I can use internet with another os on same computer

  • Kishlay

    Hi All,

    Guys, even i had same problem but i have solved it.
    Please go to the file::/var/log/jockey.log and have a look,
    it will surely tell you about the problem.

    I did a restart after which my driver was properly installed.

    Hope it works for you guys!!

    Keep trying Ubuntu Rocks!!

  • nash

    pliz Ubuntu personnel give us correct driver for this broadcom wireless driver…when you search it get it but when you activate it comes to the same problem

  • zaty

    me either… i cant found the right broadcom …. how to install it… when i search by additional driver.. it found nothing… ): help me plzzzz

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  • jonathan

    where do i get the activation password

    • Hi Jonathan,

      Its your user password, which is used to login into your Ubuntu OS.

  • Frank McCaffery

    Hi Manivannan, 1204 inst from live dvd.Worked ok on inst(Apr-Nov) then Updates killed wl. Done X5 inst same dvd since, but wl is no-go. Done your guide several times too, still no wireless access.
    lspci -nn is ok, shows [0280] BCM4311 802.11a/b/g [14e4:4312] 02.
    iwconfig: both ‘no wl ext.
    rfkill: no blocks.
    sudo lsmod mod is listed.
    interfaces: auto=lo iface lo inet loopback.
    sudo lshw shows *-network UNCLAIMED.

    lshw network – shows 64 bits but mine is 32?

    jockey.log shows lot of warning/errors? Odd, since OS & wl has already functioned for 6 months.

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  • Duck

    I have followed your instructions, installing on lubuntu 12.04 on a Dell Latitude D531. When the installation bar gets about 3/4 of the way along, the computer goes full screen into command line with lots of lines beginning with [ 1990.772019] It stays like this unless I hard reboot by holding down the power button. Any ideas why?

  • Letty

    Thanks a span, i managed to have my wireless working with the addtinal drivers

  • sidheekhpv

    i have installed ubuntu 12.04 in lenonvo G50-80 but i cannot get wifi in this menu and not get any instruction from any where please help me

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