Ubuntu – How to install drivers for TP-Link AC1300

Ubuntu – How to install drivers for TP-Link AC1300


When I ordered this TP-Link AC1300 Wireless Dual Band PCI-Express Adapter (Archer T6E), I looked into customers reviews and they said it worked fine with no drivers on Ubuntu. I didn’t have a CD/DVD player on my desktop so I (on a laptop with a DVD drive) copied and pasted the DVD support disk content on to a USB drive and used that. But when I tried to run autorun.exe it puts up archive manager and says An error occurred while loading the archive
Ubuntu verison- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Output from: lspci -vnn

02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [10ec:8168] (rev 11)
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Motherboard (one of many) [1849:8168]
Kernel driver in use: r8169 
Kernel modules: r8169

I am fairly new to Ubuntu (1 month) and have learned alot (sudo commands) and now know that windows is overpriced and that ubuntu is better in most fields.

Thanks for the help.

Best Answer

  • I found this post on ubuntu-forum which mention the wifi-card you are using. So I’m going to instruct you to enable proprietary drivers.

    Proprietary Drivers are not generally available by sudo apt-get update. You should go to

    system settings -> software & updates

    Software Updates

    and click on the Additional Drivers tab. There you should see proprietary drivers available for use.

    Proprietary Softwares

    In your case, details of software should indicate that the driver is for "Using Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wireless driver source from bcmwl-kernel-source (proprietary) Card. You should tick the radio button which will enable the use of the driver. Then apply changes.

    I hope it resolves your issue.

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