No broadband access on Thinkpad T430, part 2

This is new/old thread, because I may have done something hamhanded in the old one titled:
No broadband access on Thinkpad T430

as it left off, I was being advised to upgrade to the current stable kernel and had been convinced that that wasn’t as scary as it sounded. Convinced, I then noted something that probably got lost in the ether that because the T430 has no internet connection I would have to download from my rather ancient Thinkpad X61 running openSuSe 13.2 and transport the contents to the T430 via a USB stick. I imagine that is possible, but also that kernel updating to a machine with an internet connection may be more direct than that.