Broadcom wireless Network in Kubuntu Lucid

Warning - Old Content

This post is quite old, and it might not apply anymore, or maybe there's a better way to do the same thing nowadays. Take with a big grain of salt.

When I set up Kubuntu Lucid on my new laptop a month ago, I promised I would document what was needed to get the broadcom wireless driver working. As it turns out, that was incredibly simple so I never got around to it. However, I just had an issue with my laptop losing wireless after a crash, and I wasted time fiddling because I couldn’t remember what I’d actually set up.

Steps to get the Broadcom wireless network card working in the first place:

  1. Plug the laptop into a wired ethernet port (you need internet to install the wireless driver!)
  2. Open the K Menu -> Applications -> System -> Hardware Drivers
  3. enter your password when prompted
  4. In the window that appears, enable the “broadcom blah blah blah” driver

This will install the bcmwl-kernel-source package, and will set up/load the bcmwl driver. Tada, wireless should now work, without editing a single text file.