No wireless access for BCM 43162 [14e4:43ae] rev 02

Bug #1576815 reported by chobot
This bug affects 9 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
linux (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I would like to report missing driver for Broadcom wlan identified as BCM 43162 [14e4:43ae] rev 02. Bug was reported in past here

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
Package: linux-image-4.4.0-21-generic 4.4.0-21.37 [modified: boot/vmlinuz-4.4.0-21-generic]
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-21.37-generic 4.4.6
Uname: Linux 4.4.0-21-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.1-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
 /dev/snd/controlC1: chobot 1406 F.... pulseaudio
 /dev/snd/controlC0: chobot 1406 F.... pulseaudio
CurrentDesktop: GNOME
Date: Fri Apr 29 20:11:16 2016
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
InstallationDate: Installed on 2016-04-22 (7 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-GNOME 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" - Release amd64 (20160421)
MachineType: LENOVO 80N6
ProcFB: 0 inteldrmfb
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.4.0-21-generic.efi.signed root=UUID=e86ca941-78f4-4c7f-89f0-845a49b61a7d ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
 linux-restricted-modules-4.4.0-21-generic N/A
 linux-backports-modules-4.4.0-21-generic N/A
 linux-firmware 1.157
SourcePackage: linux
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install) 07/21/2015
dmi.bios.vendor: Lenovo
dmi.bios.version: BDCN61WW
dmi.board.asset.tag: No Asset Tag Lenovo Yoga 500-15IBD
dmi.board.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.board.version: SDK0J40709 WIN
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: No Asset Tag
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.chassis.version: Lenovo Yoga 500-15IBD
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnLenovo:bvrBDCN61WW:bd07/21/2015:svnLENOVO:pn80N6:pvrLenovoYoga500-15IBD:rvnLENOVO:rnLenovoYoga500-15IBD:rvrSDK0J40709WIN:cvnLENOVO:ct10:cvrLenovoYoga500-15IBD: 80N6
dmi.product.version: Lenovo Yoga 500-15IBD
dmi.sys.vendor: LENOVO

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chobot (xsobotkaj) wrote :
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Brad Figg (brad-figg) wrote : Status changed to Confirmed

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Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: bios-outdated-bdcn61ww
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Christopher M. Peñalver (penalvch) wrote :

chobot, nothing was found documented upstream at You may want to email the mailing list to see if someone is actively working on enabling this card with b43.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: Confirmed → Triaged
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Martin Steen (zibbr) wrote :


I just bought a Laptop and aimed to use it with Ubuntu. What I didn't know was that it contained this WiFi-chip.

I followed the trail of e-mails between Chobot and the community, after that i ended up here.

I can see that the status is "triage" and importance is "wishlist".

So my question is: Is there some ongoing development that i can provide information too?
Or should i aim to either switch out the WiFi-chip or roll it back to Win 8.1?
(hopeing not to get the rollback answer, my frist attempt at useing Linux and Ubuntu, kind of the reason i bought the laptop. But thats my problem and not yours.)

Best regards
Martin Steen

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Benno Zuure (bzuure) wrote :

I ended up replacing the wifi/bluetooth module by an "Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160" module, which is supported both by Linux (Mint) and W10.

Costs about 30 euros

Kind regards, Benno

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chobot (xsobotkaj) wrote :

I also solved the lack of drivers for BCM 43162 [14e4:43ae] rev 02. by replacing WiFi card with Intel Dual band Wireless-AC 7260 7260NGW Bluetooth BT4.0 NGFF 867Mbps. This card works fine in Ubuntu GNOME 16.04. If you plan to change the card too, be careful - some manufacturers block hardware changes on BIOS level... More information can be found at

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Povilas Brilius (pbrilius) wrote :

@chobot (xsobotkaj) that worked in Lenovo E565 case as well, the replaced BCM943162ZP WIFI card to Intel 7260NGW Dual Band Wireless-AC was recognized by iwlwifi drivers, thanks for the advice.

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