I just installed Linux Mint 18 kde version.All seemed to work fine except the wifi.There were wifi networks but laptop was not able to detect any connection.I checked that I am using BCM4313 wireless adapter provided by broadcom which is shown as not working always in Linux wireless site

How can I make Linux mint 18 connect to WiFi?I had used Kubuntu 16.1 and Linux mint 17.3 before on my laptop and both seemed to work properly with WiFi devices.Can someone please help?


To get the wifi working using the BCM4313 wifi card you can use the open-source driver brcmsmac :

sudo rmmod bcma
sudo modprobe brcmsmac

Because the driver is not fully supported you can switch to the Proprietary driver : broadcom sta wireless driver

Please note: at least BCM4313 is not fully supported. Some models appears to work (users reported success), but some don't.

The bcmwl can be installed as follows :

Install the appropriate linux-headers package then run:

sudo apt-get install dkms bcmwl-kernel-source

Unload the conflicting driver or create a blacklist file

sudo modprobe -r b44 b43 b43legacy ssb brcmsmac bcma

load the wl module

sudo modprobe wl
  • I tried that but going into driver manager I found that the device is already using bcmwl kernel source recommended driver.But still wifi connections are not shown – Sambeet Panigrahi Apr 19 '17 at 15:33
  • Remove the re-install the bcmwl-kernel-source package from the terminal – GAD3R Apr 19 '17 at 15:54
  • I did that but "modprobe wl "command still shows module wl not found. – Sambeet Panigrahi Apr 19 '17 at 16:32
  • run sudo modprobe wl – GAD3R Apr 19 '17 at 17:09
  • I tried that too.... – Sambeet Panigrahi Apr 19 '17 at 17:15

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