I am attempting to configure a new netbook with Kali Linux. Everything seems to be fine, except wifi isn't working. Apparently the computer has a Broadcom BCM43142 wireless card, which doesn't have built in drivers. Where should I look to find them, and what are my possible workarounds? Should I attempt to use an older Broadcom driver?

From lspci -knn Manually copied, typos are possible

02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n [14e4:4365] (rev 01)
DeviceName: Broadcom WLAN Broadcom Nami 43142 bgn 1x1 + BT 4 LE PCIe+USB NGFF 1630
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company BCM43142 802.11b/g/n [103c:804a]

More searching has led me to find a couple of deb packages, which I'm listing below, still figuring out which is the right one for my version of Kali.

My Kali version is

Linux kali 4.3.0-kali1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.3.3-5kali4 (2016-01-13) x86_64 GNU/Linux

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  • Please add the output of lspci -knn | grep Net -A2 – GAD3R Jul 30 '16 at 19:42
  • @GAD3R As you requested. – C. Ross Jul 30 '16 at 19:53

After hours of searching, I found the broadcom-sta-dkms package, which explicitly supports my device, as mentioned in the README.txt. I also had to install the appropriate linux headers for my device. Initially I ran into several problems, particularly a message about "no headers for current kernal version" but after doing a full apt-get update, apt-get upgrade, and apt-get dist-upgrade I was able to apt-get install broadcom-sta-dkms, which built a new initrm and successfully got my wireless working.

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