I have installed Ubuntu 16.04 on my new Alienware 17 R4 laptop that comes with Killer 1550 WiFi network card. Currently I am running on LAN cable to connect to the internet but would very much like to make use of my WiFi card. I have tested that it works well in Windows 10.

How do I get Killer 1550 installed on Alienware 17 R4?

The following are my outputs from sudo lshw -C network:

hello@world:~$ sudo lshw -C network

description: Ethernet interface
product: Qualcomm Atheros
vendor: Qualcomm Atheros
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:3c:00.0
logical name: enp60s0
version: 10
serial: 10:65:30:fd:d6:35
size: 100Mbit/s
capacity: 1Gbit/s
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm pciexpress msi msix bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=alx duplex=full ip= latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100Mbit/s
resources: irq:16 memory:dd300000-dd33ffff ioport:d000(size=128)

***-network UNCLAIMED
description: Network controller
product: Intel Corporation
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:3d:00.0
version: 29
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix cap_list
configuration: latency=0
resources: memory:dd200000-dd203fff**

I can certainly use my ethernet hence I believe I do have the Qualcomm Atheros driver. Probing further on my network controller (WiFi card?):

hello@world:~$ lspci -knn | grep Net -A2
3d:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:2526] (rev 29)
Subsystem: Bigfoot Networks, Inc. Device [1a56:1550]
3e:00.0 Non-Volatile memory controller [0108]: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0116]
Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]

In case this could be of any useful information, my current linux kernel is:

hello@world:~$ uname -r

Thank you all for reading and your kind assistance in getting my wifi to work!

P.S.: I tried suggestions found here Wifi not working in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on an Alienware 17 R4 but it doesn't work for me.

  • Please edit to add result for lspci -nv -s 3d:00.0 – Jeremy31 Mar 20 '18 at 16:16
  • Thanks Jeremy, the output was as follows: hello@world:~$ lspci -nv -s 3d:00.0 3d:00.0 0280: 8086:2526 (rev 29) Subsystem: 1a56:1550 Flags: fast devsel, IRQ 255 Memory at dd200000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=16K] Capabilities: <access denied> – Kenny Low Apr 2 '18 at 1:59
  • Tried this on Ubuntu 18.04 today and WiFi still does not work :/ – aikeru Apr 16 '18 at 17:18
  • I contacted killer networking last month and they said "Unfortunately, there is not currently a Linux driver or firmware for the 1550. We apologize for the inconvenience." "..since the 1550 is Intel-based, it's likely that it won't take too long." – Mygod Apr 23 '18 at 19:04
  • I hope they release a patch soon. Keep us updated! – Kenny Low Apr 25 '18 at 11:21

Intel recently added the VID and PID to their backports, to install

sudo apt-get install git
git clone https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/iwlwifi/backport-iwlwifi.git
cd backport-iwlwifi
make defconfig-iwlwifi-public
make -j4
sudo make install
Reboot and if the wireless doesn't work, in terminal dmesg | grep iwl | nc termbin.com 9999 and post the URL from terminal in a comment as we made need to get firmware from upstream

After a kernel update you will need to

cd backport-iwlwifi
make clean
make defconfig-iwlwifi-public
make -j4
sudo make install

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  • Searched for this for too long! Worked on kernel 4.15 for me too! Actually commenting here because I have internet :D – Fred Jul 16 '18 at 22:12
  • Good to hear Fred – Jeremy31 Jul 16 '18 at 22:38
  • Thank you Jeremy! It worked for me too, pardon for the long delay! – Kenny Low Sep 7 '18 at 6:37
  • Thank you so much! This worked for my MSI GS65 with Ubuntu 18.04 – T M Sep 15 '18 at 16:34
  • thanks for the post. was searching for this for a while. – Naseeruddin V N Sep 18 '18 at 15:51

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