Package https://packages.debian.org/search?keywords=broadcom-sta-dkms and its option wl are proposed as the fix for Macbook Air 2013-mid (6.2) here, also in Ubuntu, since they work in the upstream. I want to know how to enable the option.

  • Without wl option of broadcom-sta-dkms, the lid closure will halt wifi connection. New connections cannot be made. Only solution is restart.
  • With Broadcom BCM4360, the firmware firmware-b43-installer is not sufficient.

Ubuntu versions: 14.04 and 16.04 Laptop: Macbook 6.2

  • In Ubuntu, you would simply do: sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source If you have the 4360 device, I doubt it it supported prior to Ubuntu 16.04. We know nothing about Debian; it is off-topic here. – chili555 Jun 8 '16 at 15:02
  • The Broadcom driver is maintained by Intel?? – chili555 Jun 8 '16 at 20:25
  • I am sorry. I don't understand what at all this has to do with your Broadcom. – chili555 Jun 8 '16 at 20:45


% See https://wiki.debian.org/wl
sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list 
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial main restricted contrib non-free
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates main restricted contrib non-free

% unload conflicting modules
modprobe -r b44 b43 b43legacy ssb brcmsmac bcma
modprobe wl

which works if there is no conflict with PatrikJacobsen's fix described here i.e. backlight. If it works as expected, the wifi also works as expected. I have noticed unstable powerconfigurations also with the complications of the non-i915 backlight control in Macbook Air 2013-mid.

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