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I am having some troubles with the WIFI on my Macbook using Tails (USB). I encountered a problem similar once when setting up an Arch Linux USB system but I as able to find the necessary drivers and install them properly (Arch doc is very well done).

However I have absolutely no idea how to do this in Tails (or Debian in general). I don't have ethernet so I need to download manually the packages and install them manually on the system after.

The device is Broadcom 14e4:43a0.

How should I achieve that?

Thanks!

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  • I didn't even think one second that android tethering would work out of the box but it did. I was able to connect to the internet from Tails OS. However installing drivers didn't work because of a kernel update that couln't be install. I think it is not compatible with Tails OS
    – Lich4r
    Jul 8, 2015 at 18:07

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I took the time to dig into this. We need to install the wl driver for the 14E4:43A0 chip.

Here are the steps :

  1. Enable non-free in the /etc/apt/sources.list file
  2. apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,') broadcom-sta-dkms
  3. modprobe -r b44 b43 b43legacy ssb brcmsmac to remove drivers that may conflict
  4. modprobe wl to enable the driver

On Tails OS, this won't be saved after reboot.

IMPORTANT EDIT :

You should not do this.

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  • I don't have a Mac, but I have an usupported USB-Wifi adapter also. So I could either use Ethernet cable, or use USB tethering from my Android phone. Works nicely most of the time. Occasionally it needs a tethering off/on cycle.
    – U. Windl
    Sep 6, 2021 at 21:10

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