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

Some users have expressed a desire to use the Killer AX1650 in Debian-based Linux. If your version of Linux does not support the Killer Wireless AX1650 at install, 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, enabling the Killer AX1650 in 16.04 or later. We have confirmed that this will result in wireless connectivity in Ubuntu 16.04 with the Killer Wireless AX1650.

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 drive or another method to transfer the files to the Computer without internet access.


Using a Computer with Internet access download the following files and transfer them to a USB drive. The Build-Essential.deb file will need to be chosen by you to match your specific system:

Acquiring Git Repository Content

During verification of these steps another Linux machine was used:

$ sudo git clone https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/iwlwifi/backport-iwlwifi.git

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

If you are trying to use Windows to download the git content, you may need this:


Once you have downloaded the above content and moved the files to your Computer with the AX1650, the Computer should have two directories and the .deb file chosen by you:

  • backport-iwlwifi/
  • linux-firmware​​/
  • build-essential_12.1ubuntu2_amd64.deb
    (example filename chosen for my 64-bit system)


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 of building and installing the Backport Driver onto your Computer.

Type or copy and paste the following commands in a terminal, one line at a time, pressing Enter after each command.

Make sure you update the .deb filename to match the one you chose earlier:
$ sudo dpkg -i build-essential_12.1ubuntu2_amd64.deb​

$ cd backport-iwlwifi
$ sudo make defconfig-iwlwifi-public
$ sudo make -j4
$ sudo make install

Additionally, you will need to ensure you have the latest iwlwifi firmware:

$ cd linux-firmware
$ sudo cp iwlwifi-* /lib/firmware/

Then restart your Computer!

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

Updated on August 28, 2019

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