I just installed Ubuntu 16.0.4 and no Wifi connections are showing up in my networks. So I tried:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source

And this didn't change anything even though it installed successfully. Then I tried updating the system, which also didn't help.

I then tried the troubleshooting guide, and the first step tells me to write


in the terminal. This command isn't recognized.

So I try lshw -C network to see if my device is recognized at all. It's not -- only the ethernet I'm using. So then I try

sudo lsusb -v

And it shows that apparently my USB device is being detected:

Bus 001 Device 005: ID 13b1:003e Linksys AE6000 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wireless Adapter [MediaTek MT7610U]

But, the docs don't tell me what to do beyond finding out what type of device I have. What steps can I take to activate this wireless/download the drivers I need? Thanks.


Output of dkms status :

mt7610u, 0.2, 4.4.0-38-generic, x86_64: installed

Output of usb-devices | awk '/003e/' RS= :

T:  Bus=01 Lev=02 Prnt=02 Port=05 Cnt=03 Dev#=  5 Spd=480 MxCh= 0
D:  Ver= 2.00 Cls=00(>ifc ) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS=64 #Cfgs=  1
P:  Vendor=13b1 ProdID=003e Rev=01.00
S:  Manufacturer=Cisco
S:  Product=Linksys AE6000
S:  SerialNumber=0009
C:  #Ifs= 1 Cfg#= 1 Atr=a0 MxPwr=500mA
I:  If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 8 Cls=ff(vend.) Sub=ff Prot=ff Driver=(none)
  • What is the Ubuntu version? And what was the point of installing Broadcom drivers? – Pilot6 Sep 26 '16 at 18:12
  • @Pilot6 I don't know, I'm a newb and I'm just pasting things off the interwebs to try to get my internet working. The version is 16.0.4 – David J. Sep 26 '16 at 18:16
  • Did you try rebooting? – You'reAGitForNotUsingGit Sep 26 '16 at 18:18
  • @AndroidDev What is the point of rebooting without drivers? – Pilot6 Sep 26 '16 at 18:21
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    You need to run the full command usb-devices | awk '/003e/' RS=, not only a part of it. – Pilot6 Sep 26 '16 at 18:50

Disable Secure Boot in BIOS and run in terminal

sudo apt purge bcmwl-kernel-source
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hanipouspilot/rtlwifi
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mt7610u-dkms


This will remove Broadcom drivers and install Mediatek ones.

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  • Thanks for the suggestion, but I went through these steps and it still doesn't work. No wireless connections detected. – David J. Sep 26 '16 at 18:35
  • Make sure it isn't disabled by hardware switch. – user589808 Sep 26 '16 at 18:39
  • @DavidJ. Did the driver install OK? It supports this adapter. – Pilot6 Sep 26 '16 at 18:40
  • @Pilot6 Yes, installation was successful – David J. Sep 26 '16 at 18:41
  • @Pilot6 Disabled secure boot. Now using my usb wifi! Thanks for your excellent help. – David J. Sep 26 '16 at 19:20

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