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Killer AX1650 in Debian/Ubuntu 16.04+ (Without Internet Access)

If your Killer Wireless AX1650 is not seen or used by your Linux Computer, and you are using Ubuntu 16.04 or later, (or another version of Debian Linux), you can use this guide to Backport the drivers from the latest version of Ubuntu/Debian. We have confirmed that this will restore Wireless connectivity using the AX1650 in Ubuntu 16.04/18.04/19.04.

Here is an example log of the following steps.

Following this Guide without Internet Access

This guide closely follows the steps found within the AX1650-in-Debian-Ubuntu article.

However, these steps show what will be needed if the Computer with the AX1650 Wireless Adapter has no access to the Internet at all. You will need another Computer with internet access and a USB Flash Drive or another method to transfer the files to the Computer without internet access.


For these steps we will need another computer capable of downloading a Git Repository and several Packages.

I used another Computer running the same Ubuntu 18.04 installation that matches the Ubuntu 18.04 installation on my Offline Computer. You should be able to use a VM running Ubuntu or even Windows 10 if it has Ubuntu on Windows from the Microsoft Store.

Here is an example of using the Ubuntu On Windows Terminal to download something using APT and then copying it to your Windows Desktop (RIVET is my Windows User name, so you need to use yours instead!):
[email protected]:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:canonical-hwe-team/backport-iwlwifi
[email protected]:~$ apt download backport-iwlwifi-dkms
[email protected]:~$ cp backport-iwlwifi-dkms_8286-0ubuntu1~latest~ubuntu18.04.1_all.deb /mnt/c/Users/RIVET/Desktop/

Step 1 – Download Backport-Iwlwifi-Dkms, it’s Dependencies, and the Linux-Firmware.git Repository

On the Computer with Internet Access, open a Terminal and then copy and paste the following commands one at a time.

Press ENTER after each command.

$ mkdir -p backport-iwlwifi-dkms/dependencies
$ cd backport-iwlwifi-dkms
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:canonical-hwe-team/backport-iwlwifi
$ sudo apt-get update
$ apt download backport-iwlwifi-dkms

$ cd dependencies/
$ apt download build-essential cpp cpp-7 dkms dpkg-dev fakeroot g++ g++-7 gcc gcc-7 gcc-7-base gcc-8-base libalgorithm-diff-perl libalgorithm-diff-xs-perl libalgorithm-merge-perl libasan4 libatomic1 libc-dev-bin libc6-dev libcc1-0 libcilkrts5 libdpkg-perl libfakeroot libgcc-7-dev libgcc1 libgomp1 libitm1 liblsan0 libmpx2 libquadmath0 libstdc++-7-dev libstdc++6 libtsan0 libubsan0 linux-libc-dev make manpages-dev
$ cd ..

$ git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/firmware/linux-firmware.git

Step 2 – Move those downloaded files / folder to your Offline Computer using a USB Flash Drive.

The Online Computer should now have a folder that has the following structure / content:

  • backport-iwlwifi-dkms/
  •             dependencies/
  •             linux-firmware​​/
  •             backport-iwlwifi-dkms_8042-0ubuntu2_all.deb

You will need to move those files over to your Offline Computer.

Symbolic Links Error

You may see an error about Symbolic Links when trying to move the Linux-Firmware.git Repository. If so, zip/tar the folder first and then move that to the Offline Computer. When you unzip/untar the folder its Symbolic Links will be preserved or recreated.

Step 3 – Install the Dependencies, copy the Iwlwifi Firmware files, and install Backport-Iwlwifi-Dkms

Secure Boot and Backport Drivers

Before proceeding, Secure Boot must be disabled in your BIOS. If you are unsure how to disable Secure Boot, please refer to your machine or motherboard’s support materials or website. Once that is done, you can begin the process installing the Backported Iwlwifi Driver onto your Computer.

$ cd backport-iwlwifi-dkms​/
$ sudo dpkg -i dependencies/*.deb
$ sudo cp linux-firmware/iwlwifi-* /lib/firmware/
$ sudo dpkg -i backport-iwlwifi-dkms_8042-0ubuntu2_all.deb

Now run the following command to update the Initramfs that your machine might be using:
$ sudo update-initramfs -u

Then restart your Computer!
Once you have done this, you should be able to connect to your wireless access point.

Updated on January 3, 2020

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