I'm using Kubuntu 16.04 on a laptop, and I face a strange problem. I have an internal WiFi card as well as a USB WiFi dongle. I prefer to connect to WiFi using the dongle because the internal WiFi is unreliable and gives spotty connection. However, when I try to connect to eduroam (WPA2-PEAP) using the USB WiFi, the network-manager disconnects wifi altogether (WiFi is on, but whole network-manager screen is blank) as soon as it first connects to the WiFi (e.g. opening homepage / page refresh / dropbox connecting etc). However, it doesn't happen with the internal WiFi card. I have to use sudo service network-manager restart for making all WiFi networks visible again.

  • Is the driver for the internal device blacklisted or is it loading and possibly conflicting?
    – chili555
    Jul 15, 2016 at 17:56
  • @chili555 How do I find it out?
    – taninamdar
    Jul 15, 2016 at 18:14
  • Run the terminal command: lspci -nnk | grep 0280 -A2 Does it show a kernel driver in use? Is it loaded? lsmod If it is, I'll suggest you blacklist it to see if the performance improves.
    – chili555
    Jul 15, 2016 at 18:46
  • 08:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188EE Wireless Network Adapter [10ec:8179] (rev 01) DeviceName: Realtek RTL8188EE 802.11b/g/n 1x1Wi-Fi Adapter Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company RTL8188EE Wireless Network Adapter [103c:804b]
    – taninamdar
    Jul 15, 2016 at 19:17
  • And is some driver loaded? lsmod | grep rtl
    – chili555
    Jul 15, 2016 at 19:55

1 Answer 1


I suggest that you unload the driver for the internal device:

sudo modprobe -r rtl8188ee

And blacklist it:

sudo -i
echo "blacklist rtl8188ee"  >>  /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

Any improvement? It may take a reboot.

  • I see, I'll look into that. But if I understand correctly, it will improve the performance of the internal wifi card, right? How do I solve the original problem?
    – taninamdar
    Jul 15, 2016 at 20:36
  • No. It will disable the internal in order to get the USB to work correctly. Don't worry, if need be, it is easily reversible.
    – chili555
    Jul 15, 2016 at 20:38

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