I have a new Kali Rolling set up and am having numerous problems attempting to install WiFi drivers for a broadcom 14e4:43a0 device (TP LINK Archer T8E). I am currently USB tethering from my phone.

Searching online gave me results that I should install the bcmwl-kernel-source package for the drivers but whenever I attempt to apt-get bcmwl-kernel-source I get E: Unable to locate package bcmwl-kernel-source.

I have tried to download this package straight from the web and installing from a local folder but still get the same error.

I then proceeded to continue to search for solutions, many to do with updating the /etc/apt/sources.list list. I have tried messing with those with no prevail and have since defaulted those changes back.

It seems every package that I try to install (can install but) doesn't help me setting up WiFi.

No WLAN devices show up in ifconfig or iwconfig.

Using modprobe wl returns a fatal error, something about wl not being found (currently not at work to access machine).

Any further help, ideas and suggestions will be much appreciated.


  • "Searching online gave me results that I should install the bcmwl-kernel-source package for the drivers" Could you link to the page where it says that, please? – Faheem Mitha Jul 26 '17 at 9:35
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    The first hit I get is wiki.debian.org/wl. Did you try those instructions? The Debian Wiki isn't perfect, but the instructions are usually relatively reliable. – Faheem Mitha Jul 26 '17 at 9:37
  • @FaheemMitha it is the correct way to install the BCM4360 driver . – GAD3R Jul 26 '17 at 10:28

The bcmwl-kernel-source isn't available on kali repository the alternative package is the broadcom-sta-dkms

with the regularly kali-linux repository, your /etc/apt/sources.list should contain only this URL:

deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main contrib non-free

the apt-cache search broadcom-sta will show you:

broadcom-sta-common - Common files for the Broadcom STA Wireless driver
broadcom-sta-dkms - dkms source for the Broadcom STA Wireless driver
broadcom-sta-source - Source for the Broadcom STA Wireless driver

To install the driver for the BCM4360 (14e4:43a0) wireless card run the following command:

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get dist-upgrade

Reboot and install the linux-headers package (run apt-cache search linux-headers to get the available linux-headers) then run:

apt-get install broadcom-sta-dkms
modprobe -r b44 b43 b43legacy ssb brcmsmac bcma
modprobe wl
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    thanks @GAD3R this solution work for me Installing Broadcom 4360 Kali Linux on MacBook Air, use Wireless External adapter first to get internet connection then, do above solution, and now you are ready to connect to internet without External Adapter. – Dark Cyber Jan 10 at 10:37

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