$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hanipouspilot/rtlwifi
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install rtlwifi-new-dkms linux-firmware

But giving

whiplash@whiplash-HP-Notebook:~$ sudo apt-get install rtlwifi-new-dkms    
Reading package lists... Done    
Building dependency tree           
Reading state information... Done    
E: Unable to locate package rtlwifi-new-dkms

My wireless card details:

       description: Wireless interface
       product: RTL8723BE PCIe Wireless Network Adapter
       vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
       logical name: wlp2s0
       version: 00
       serial: a8:a7:95:23:cb:25
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=rtl8723be driverversion=4.8.0-27-generic firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
       resources: irq:17 ioport:3000(size=256) memory:a1100000-a1103fff
  • As i see here the package rtlwifi-new-dkms isn't available for Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety). The latest Ubuntu version that is supported by this PPA repository is 16.04 (Xenial). I think you should download the package for Ubuntu 16.04 and force dpkg to install it. Be careful about this solution. Maybe it causes broken dpkg database!
    – SuB
    Nov 26, 2016 at 8:34
  • 2
    You already have drivers for your wifi, is there a problem?
    – Jeremy31
    Nov 26, 2016 at 12:58
  • As @Jeremy31 says, you already have a driver. Installing an older version not written specifically for your kernel version is unlikely to help. Please tell us what problem you are having.
    – chili555
    Nov 26, 2016 at 14:04
  • 1
    The problem is I should sit very close to the router, or else due to weak signal strength I can't connect to the wifi. The issue is with the weak signal strength Nov 26, 2016 at 15:25
  • 1
    You can build the drivers manually by following instructions mentioned in answer to this question askubuntu.com/questions/590414/… I have successfully tried them in Ubuntu 16.10. Dec 29, 2016 at 11:47

1 Answer 1


I maintain the hanipouspilot PPA. That is why I can give the best answer ;-)

I did not upload an rtlwifi-new-dkms package for Yakkety 16.10.

You can try to download the deb for Xenial, but it is unlikely that it will build for the 4.8 kernel. I did not test it.

The reason is simple. I do not use this release and I can't test the module.

You can try to use a driver from https://github.com/lwfinger/rtlwifi_new

  • Are you going to upload soon for Yakkety 16.10? Nov 26, 2016 at 15:18
  • Or should I roll back to 16.04 LTS? Nov 26, 2016 at 15:29
  • I did not plan to support yakkety in my PPA. Probably I will do it some time, but no promise.
    – Pilot6
    Nov 26, 2016 at 17:21

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