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Wifi issues on Fedora 24

asked 2016-08-09 01:42:01 -0500

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updated 2016-08-09 22:46:47 -0500

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Hello everyone,

I'm completely new to Fedora and only have dabbed in Linux at all. If you need any more information than what I'm about to give, please just let me know what you need and how I can get it.

This is a Dell Inspiron N5110 laptop with factory Windows 7.

About a week ago I decided to install Kodibuntu (Kodi and Lubuntu) and dual boot with Windows 7 that was already on this laptop. After about a day the wifi started to disconnect from the network randomly here and there. Usually just rebooting was all it needed. And doing that once or twice a day was fine with me. But then it started disconnecting about a minute or so after booting. When booting into Windows 7 which did not have this problem before having Lubuntu installed, was doing the same. In Windows, disabling the wireless adapter and re-enabling it would get it connected again but only for 30 seconds to a minute. Now, for some odd reason I'm also having the problem with Fedora. Most of the questions I have seen, people having similar problems can't connect to any networks. But I can connect and stay connected to my smartphone with Mobile Network Sharing. Which wouldn't normally be a big deal to me, but I share data with 3 other people.

So my question is what could possibly be different between the two networks that it works with one but not the other? Like I stated previously, I'm rather new at all this. So, please just let me know if you need any more information and how I can obtain it, and I most definitely will.

Thanks in advance for any help I can get.

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Tell us what wireless adapter the laptop is using please. Post output of the command

lspci | grep -i wireless
Glenn gravatar imageGlenn ( 2016-08-09 03:40:51 -0500 )edit

Given that it's having the same issue in Windows and multiple versions of Linux, I would expect it's a problem with either the network card or your wifi access point. Have you tried rebooting the access point? When you connect to your smartphone, are you using wifi or bluetooth?

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2016-08-09 13:53:57 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-11-04 17:04:34 -0500

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Install broadcom firmware cutter

sudo yum install b43-fwcutter

Download wireless card


Extract driver

tar xjf broadcom-wl-

Go to folder you downloaded the driver

cd broadcom-wl-

Activate the driver

sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o


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