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Recently built a PC, everything's working fine, except for the wifi dongle. I was told to get a PCI wifi card, but the slots aren't far enough on motherboard, and connecting a graphics card takes up all the space.

So I bought a ALFA USB WiFi dongle, in the CD that came with it, it's mentioned that it's a rtl8188EUS realtek chip. Since the driver they provided in the disk didn't compile (maybe because it was for linux 4.1, and I'm on 5.x).

So far, I have tried installing these drivers:

Is there anything I'm missing or doing wrong? What can I do to get this working.

  • try with ifconfig -a and iwconfig – cmak.fr Jul 8 '19 at 5:09
  • @cmak.fr no luck, ifconfig -a lists same interfaces as ifconfig. and iwconfig says none of interfaces has wireless extensions. – Nafees Jul 8 '19 at 5:30
  • if the good driver is loaded, ifconfig -a should show the nic... what gives lsmod | grep 8188 ? (fyi the rtl8188eu module is bundled with ubuntu but there can be an issue with networkmanager that cant see it loaded)... – cmak.fr Jul 9 '19 at 7:41
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The problem was that the drivers I was testing were the wrong ones. Thanks to u/XFM2z8BH on reddit, I found the right one.

Just had to do this to get it running:

sudo apt-get install git build-essential
git clone git://github.com/ulli-kroll/rtl8188fu
cd rtl8188fu
make
sudo make installfw
sudo modprobe cfg80211
sudo insmod rtl8188fu.ko

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