My laptop has this card, what should I do? What version of linux should I get?


I think it is supported from linux 3.13 ....
Install ubuntu 15.10 (which has kernel 4.2)

  • i did, didn't work Jan 7 '16 at 6:30
  • In that case, please open a new question to ask for help with this particular problem, since it doesn't fit under the theme of your current question of "is it supported"? Please run the WiFi diagnostics and include a link to the result in your new question. Jan 7 '16 at 11:48

According to this answer, the Linux kernel includes a driver for the RTL8723BE wireless network adapter chipset since (at least) version 3.13, which is included in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Alternatively the most recent release 15.10 has a newer kernel version that should work just as well.

  • If I upgrade to the newest kernel 4.3.3 will it work? Jan 7 '16 at 18:04
  • This is unlikely to make a difference. Jan 8 '16 at 9:48
  • I have 4.4.9 and RTL8723BE works but Bluetooth is displayed as unknown and scanning devices has problem finding device names.
    – dashesy
    May 25 '16 at 23:52
  • @dashesy: If you have a question please open a new question. The comment section is not the right place for questions or extended discussion. May 26 '16 at 7:44

Actually there were/are problems with the Wifi chipset RTL8723BE. Here is a link to my blog post describing couple of my attempts to solve this with different kernels:


One conclusion: newest kernel doesn't automatically mean better support for this chipset.

It's not that bad if you can use antenna selection configuration. If I recall correctly this was the case with some kernels in versions 4.15.0-X where X < 33. With the kernel 4.15.0-33 you need to compile a kernel module which may be not obvious for less advanced users.

In worst case it was like that: antenna selection configuration was ignored and source code of an alternative kernel module was not compatible with the kernel...

The best is to try different Linux kernels using live versions.

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