However, some steps may be helpful in case you’re running into them and looking for other options. Avoid using keywords unrelated to hardware support. In case you see yes on Soft blocked: If such output is present, your device is already failing on communication on USB-level. Thank you for your interest in this question.

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Please refer to this answer for a nice tutorial on getting these devices to work.

On some computers, including the Macbook Air, the correct wifi drivers are included but not enabled by default because they’re proprietary. At the time of writing, this was linux-backports-modules-cw Use linux as a keyword with it, rather than Ubuntu.

It may already work in this stage. Installing this way may work, but can break anytime later if the package management updates overwrite the files again.

Annoyingly, that worked for me. Try another cable if any you’ve verified is working.

Wireless LAN Soft blocked: Run sudo lshw -C network in a terminal. My WiFi adapter is not working at all, how to troubleshoot? In this answer I’m assuming you’re familiar with at least the following tasks: Don’t forget to reboot your system afterwards.


It may lead to unexpected errors which may be hard to solve for a novice user. Try the latest stable Linux kernel. Thanks for the great answer.

In case multiple devices are listed, locate the woreless concerned. The options to get it to work appear to be infinitely huge and I have no clue where to get started! Only for USB devices: However, some steps may be helpful in case you’re running into them and looking for other options. What should I provide in a new question?

One example of this: What order of things to try is most efficient in terms of time, effort and imposes minimal risk to my Ubuntu installation? Relevant output of the steps done in the Identifying the exact hardware section. Refer to How do I install additional drivers?

Go to the kernel.

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Try to see if Ubuntu suggests to install additional drivers. If it does work, the easiest approach is to simply wait for the new release. Preferably, try one directly attached to your mainbord, avoiding hubs or your computer case’s connectors.


Boadcom product you have was probably bfoadcom using a retail name completely irrelevant to you issue. Therefore, it’s of great importance to identify the chipset. Things to avoid if possible Compiling from source e.

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Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead? Try using the device’s chipset name as listed in the output in the steps of Identifying the exact hardware.

What is considered ‘best practice’?

The Thinkpad rebrand does usually not affect the hardware support in Linux, but the used chipset does.