Please note that this question is specific to Intel WiFi adapters.

My laptop is an HP ENVY with an Intel AX201 Wifi Adapter. I've dualbooted Ubuntu with Windows.

AX201 WiFi adapter is not supported by latest Ubuntu 18.04 version, because Ubuntu 18.04 comes with Linux Kernel 5.0, whereas support for AX201 comes built-in in Linux Kernel 5.2+. Canonical claims that Ubuntu 18.04 will get Linux Kernel 5.3 sometime next year. However, I wont be able to wait that long.

I tried downloading and installing Kernel 5.2.14, but I cant go beyond Grub: I get the error:

error: you need to load the kernel first.

Other option is to download the Intel Backport Driver, which I tried. That didn't seem to work either. As per the tutorials, I've restarted frequently, but that didnt work either.

Also I'm not quite sure if Intel IWLWIFI Backport driver supports AX201 in the first place.

WiFi works while I'm booted in Windows.

What should I do? Thanks in advance!


I tried out @Pilot6's answer, and it worked. Thanks!

I have one last question: I've read that if you upgrade the Kernel beyond what Ubuntu 18.4 supports, its kinda unsafe (which I read as prone to system crashes).

I dont want system crashes because I have only one partition (root) for Ubuntu, and any crash would likely mean all my data is lost. One method forward would be to split my Ubuntu partition into root and home.

So if I want to access WiFi on my device safely without risking any crashes, what should I do?

My understanding of Ubuntu and Linux may be wrong as they are built on forum answers only. Please correct me if Im wrong anywhere.

  • It is unclear how you tried to install a kernel. It looks like you couldn't do it.
    – Pilot6
    Dec 15, 2019 at 13:06
  • I upgraded using the .deb packages. I followed this example ot get Kernel v5.2.14: theubuntumaniac.com/2019/09/… Dec 15, 2019 at 14:34
  • That doesn't look correct to me anyway.
    – Pilot6
    Dec 15, 2019 at 14:44
  • If you installed kernel form the official repos, it is quite safe to use. The 5.3 kernel will get updates and will be official HWE soon. Please accept my answer if it works.
    – Pilot6
    Dec 15, 2019 at 14:57
  • Thanks a tonne! Dec 15, 2019 at 18:27

2 Answers 2


This wireless adapter is supported by the 5.3 Linux kernel.

You can install the 5.3 kernel already a normal "Ubuntu" way.

Run in a terminal

sudo apt install linux-generic-hwe-18.04-edge

That will install the 5.3 kernel used in Ubuntu 19.10.

As soon as the 5.3 kernel is provided by linux-generic-hwe-18.04 (without edge), you can replace the meta package.

Some time next year linux-generic-hwe-18.04-edge will pull some next kernel and linux-generic-hwe-18.04 will pull the 5.3. If you don't want to switch to a new major kernel version, you can always remove linux-generic-hwe-18.04-edge and install linux-generic-hwe-18.04 later.

  • You'd have to explain to me: what meta package? Dec 15, 2019 at 12:59
  • linux-generic-hwe-18.04-edge is a meta package. Now it pulls the 5.3 kernel. After it is finally added to bionic, you can remove it and install linux-generic-hwe-18.04. It is not relevant now. If you have questions about it, you can always ask next year. I gave a working solution for now.
    – Pilot6
    Dec 15, 2019 at 13:01
  • Thanks a lot. Work well on Razer Studio 15" Jan 19, 2020 at 13:37
  • There is no need for the edge now. The 5.3 kernel is pooled by linux-generic-hwe-18.04 now. The meta package can be removed.
    – Pilot6
    Jan 19, 2020 at 16:39
  • @Pilot6 What if I'm on Ubuntu 16.04.6, which ships with HWE by default. What would you suggest me to do?
    – IgNite
    Mar 16, 2020 at 8:58

Had similar problem on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Dell Precision 7550). Open a terminal and follow these steps:

sudo apt-get install backport-iwlwifi-dkms
sudo apt-get update
sudo modprobe iwlwifi

Then running the following command:

lshw -C Network

If you saw driver=iwlwifi then the wifi should be installed successfully.

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