How do I install a WiFi driver in Linux?

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  1. smileyhead
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    smileyhead I am DEFINITELY a madman with a box.

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    I have a Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter, but it doesn't work with Linux. How do I get a driver for it?
    (I'm a Linux noob.)
     
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    They're usually builtin in the kernel already.

    Is it an USB adapter? If so post the
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    sudo lsusb
    output here, I'll need that to check the chipset used.
     
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    It isn't USB. It's built in. Do I check it with the same command?
     
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    Linux distro being used?
     
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    smileyhead I am DEFINITELY a madman with a box.

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    Ubuntu 15.10
     
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    Looks like your device is notoriously difficult to set up. Do you have another way of getting your machine on teh interwebs? You might have to download some packages.
     
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    My laptop does have an Ethernet port. Maybe that could work.
     
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    Yup, then there are a few packages to install and it SHOULD WORK.
     
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    I can't wait. :D
     
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    At worst, NDISWrapper may work as it allows use of the Windows Driver instead, which some chipsets need to work properly or at all.
     
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    Oh, I forgot to tell you all. Sorry. I found the driver on the LiveCD, and I've been happily using Ubuntu since. :)