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Recently I installed Ubuntu 16.04 but cant get the usb wifi adapter to work properly , can anyone help me?

When wifi adpater is plugged , the lsusb output:

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 2357:0109
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0e0f:000b VMware, Inc. 
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub 
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 0e0f:0008 VMware, Inc. 
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0e0f:0002 VMware, Inc. Virtual USB Hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0e0f:0003 VMware, Inc. Virtual Mouse
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

When wifi adapter is unplugged , the lsusb output:

Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0e0f:000b VMware, Inc. 
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 0e0f:0008 VMware, Inc. 
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0e0f:0002 VMware, Inc. Virtual USB Hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0e0f:0003 VMware, Inc. Virtual Mouse
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
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    Are you in a virtual machine? You cannot use the host's usb devices unless you explicitly select it from your VM software. – user589808 Sep 4 '16 at 16:38
  • Possible duplicate of DLink DWA 131 wireless adapter not working on ubuntu 15.10 as Pilot6 updated his rtl8192eu-dkms to include support for that 2357:0109 as there is no support from the Linux kernel for the device. Mange updated his github to support the device – Jeremy31 Sep 4 '16 at 20:07
  • @CelticWarrior, I am not the OP, but I can assure this is not necessarily a VM problem, since I'm experiencing the same issue on my single-boot Ubuntu desktop. – Waldir Leoncio Sep 15 '16 at 14:51
  • @DavidFoerster, thanks for the link, but I believe this might not be VM-related. I am experiencing the very same issue on my single-boot Ubuntu desktop. – Waldir Leoncio Sep 15 '16 at 14:52
  • @Waldir Leoncio - Doesn't yours appear listed? The main problem here is out to "move" the device from the host to the guest OS in VMWare, as shown by the results above. If your doesn't work follow Jeremy31's comment. – user589808 Sep 15 '16 at 14:57
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I was going through the same problem. Here is how to solve it, even though it doesn't solve the nameless problem:

If you have wired internet available to your problem PC

  1. Follow this answer, which adds Pilot6's rtlwifi PPA to your sistem and installs the required rtl8192eu-dkms package.

If you have no internet access in your computer

  1. Find another computer with internet access to download the rtl8192eu-dkms package manually.
  2. Access https://launchpad.net/~hanipouspilot/+archive/ubuntu/rtlwifi
  3. Click on "View package details"
  4. Filter your Ubuntu codename (16.04 LTS is Xenial).
  5. Click on the triangle to open more options of "rtl8192eu-dkms - 4.4"
  6. Download rtl8192eu-dkms_4.4_all.deb.
  7. Transfer this file to your target PC
  8. Install the file on your target PC, either through the Software Center or the Terminal (by issuing dpkg -i <filename> in the appropriate folder).
  9. Re-plug your dongle.

Here's a screenshot to better show the location of the download link:

Source of image: https://launchpad.net/~hanipouspilot/+archive/ubuntu/rtlwifi/+packages?field.name_filter=&field.status_filter=published&field.series_filter=xenial

deb highlighted in blue

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  • @DavidFoerster You are wrong. The system does see the device. It is 2357:0109 – Pilot6 Sep 15 '16 at 16:49
  • it does see the device , it just doesn't recognise it , installing the drive should add the required udev config to have lsusb identify it – Amias Sep 15 '16 at 16:50
  • This is a correct answer. You can use my PPA. See the last comment under your question. – Pilot6 Sep 15 '16 at 16:52
  • @Waldir Leoncio I do not have internet on my computer. I followed your answer up to #8 but it resulted in package dkms not installed . Any help? – user278121 Sep 29 '16 at 9:08
  • @user278121, what is the terminal command you issued and what was the output? – Waldir Leoncio Sep 29 '16 at 9:10
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The driver for this dongle can be installed by

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hanipouspilot/rtlwifi
sudo apt update
sudo apt install rtl8192eu-dkms
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  • Tested on 16.04 x64, kernel 4.4.0-36. It works great for me. My dongle: TP-LINK TL-WN823N(EU) "VER 2.0". – gorlok Sep 16 '16 at 23:43

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