Trying to install wifi on my fresh debian I got confused. It seems to be more complex than I thought. As far as I understood it correct I need to manually download drivers for my router, that depend on his chipset. How to find out the chipset of the router?

I have a fritz!Box 7430.


$ lspci -knn |grep Net -A3

01:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Wireless 8260 [8086:24f3] (rev 3a)
Subsystem: Intel Corporation Wireless 8260 (Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260) [8086:1010]
Kernel modules: iwlwifi

$ uname -a

Linux debian-sgtechedge 4.19.0-6-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.19.67-2+deb10u2 (2019-11-11) x86_64 GNU/Linux
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    Welcome, you need to install the driver for you wifi card ,not the router. To know the wifi card details please add the output of lspci -knn |grep Net -A3 and uname -a – GAD3R Jan 22 at 8:18
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    @GAD3R then I misuderstood the guides. Ive added the execution of the commands in the description. – Predicate Jan 22 at 8:21
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    See the installation guide , replace stretch by buster . – GAD3R Jan 22 at 8:27
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    @GAD3R thanks so much. It helped. I would like to accept your answer, but I cant accept your comment.) – Predicate Jan 22 at 9:46

You need to install the wifi driver for the Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260, follow the installation guide on debian wiki (replace stretch by buster):

Add a non-free component to /etc/apt/sources.list, for example:

deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ buster main contrib non-free

Update the list of available packages and install the firmware-iwlwifi package:

apt-get update && apt-get install firmware-iwlwifi

As the iwlwifi module is automatically loaded for supported devices, reinsert this module to access installed firmware:

modprobe -r iwlwifi ; modprobe iwlwifi

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