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Re: Laptop Wireless issues

On 2017-09-13 14:40 -0400, Henning Follmann wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 11:58:01AM -0600, Cody Jackson wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm a new linux user. I've used Debian on Virtualbox but recently decided
>> to make the move to a dedicated Debian system. I recently purchased an Asus
>> X541-UA-RH71 to install Debian on. I ran into some issues with the wifi
>> setup.
>> When I was installing it said that the firmware for rtlwifi/rtl8723befw.bin
>> couldn't be found. Realizing that I probably wouldn' be able to fix the
>> issue without finishing installation, I went on until installed.
> [...]
>> Cody
> add non-free to your apt sources file (/etc/apt.sources.list)
> The default looks like
> deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stretch main
> add at least the non-free to it (maybe contrib too) ->
> deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stretch main contrib non-free
> now a 
> apt update; apt install firmware-realtek
> is all you might need.

The obvious problem here is that this fetches the firmware via the
network, and to use the network you need the firmware…