Install BCM4360 Wi-Fi drivers in Ubuntu for Macbook Pro 13″ Retina display mid 2014

Ubuntu 14.04 doesn’t install by default any driver suitable for the Wi-Fi device in the Macbook Pro 13″ Retina display mid 2014 (A1502 model or MacBookPro11,1). This is what you can see in dmesg for the Wi-Fi device:

Broadcom Corporation BCM4360 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter [14e4:43a0] (rev 03)

BCM4360

But this Macbook does not have any Ethernet port so… How can you install the drivers? If you have access to an USB-Ethernet adapter just connect it to the network and install:

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

But in case you don’t have one, it’s posible to download all the deb packages (from another computer and copy them to an USB drive) and install them manually. The version numbers will differ from one distribution version to another so check them. For Ubuntu 14.04 I installed those:

The installation process is quite simple, just follow this order:

$ sudo dpkg -i libfakeroot_1.20-3ubuntu2_amd64.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i fakeroot_1.20-3ubuntu2_amd64.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i dkms_2.2.0.3-1.1ubuntu5.14.04_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i bcmwl-kernel-source_6.30.223.248+bdcom-0ubuntu0.1_amd64.deb

You may need to load the wl module:

$ sudo modprobe wl

And add it to modules loaded at boot in /etc/modules:

lp
rtc
wl

Now the Wi-Fi device should work just fine.

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  1. jesus christ thanks man 🙂

  2. James Livingstone

    bloomin heck, cant thank you enough…..as a tinkerer but not an expert with linux this helped me no end! 🙂 Cannot beleive that there are not more thank you comments

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