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Question How to install driver for TP-Link Archer T6E | AC1300 WiFi card

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Hello all; this is my first post here; and I am brand new to Pop!_OS so forgive my inexperience.

I installed Pop!_OS for the first time yesterday via a USB drive. While still in Live mode, I realised I had no Wifi / Internet Access.

Searching around I can see that the TP-Link Archer T6E requires proprietary drivers, and that such drivers do exist and can be installed for ubuntu. The post here https://askubuntu.com/questions/875112/how-do-i-install-drivers-for-tp-link-ac1300 refers to a Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wireless driver from bcmwl-kernel-source (proprietary)

However I have the following problems
  1. I can't seems to find a place to enable proprietary drivers.
  2. Without an internet connection I don't know how I would get the driver on to the machine.
Any and all help appreciated. I am predicting the suggestion to by a new Wifi card; but for a number of reasons I was very much hoping to avoid that. Really excited to start using Pop!_OS as it looks great; but so far the wifi issue has put a stop to that.
 

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There are broadcom packages you can install in Pop's repos. lspci | grep Network is good to tell what type of network controller the system has. If it is broadcom, you can apt-cache search broadcom and install the driver for that wireless chip. Installation is just with apt then. sudo apt install <package>. Pop's repo also has some results for realtek.

Without an internet connection I don't know how I would get the driver on to the machine.
I keep around a USB 3 Ethernet adapter for situations like that. This is by far the easiest way.

Alternately you can get the package you need by downloading it to another computer and transfer it via USB and install with dpkg. https://askubuntu.com/a/626653
 
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There are broadcom packages you can install in Pop's repos. lspci | grep Network is good to tell what type of network controller the system has. If it is broadcom, you can apt-cache search broadcom and install the driver for that wireless chip. Installation is just with apt then. sudo apt install <package>. Pop's repo also has some results for realtek.


I keep around a USB 3 Ethernet adapter for situations like that. This is by far the easiest way.

Alternately you can get the package you need by downloading it to another computer and transfer it via USB and install with dpkg. https://askubuntu.com/a/626653
Thank you so much; I will give this a go!
 

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