Ubuntu – TP-Link WN725N, unable to get drivers to work with 13.04 after upgrade (worked on 12.10 and prior)


I went back to my desktop after a bunch of months not using it, and I decided to upgrade Ubuntu to the newest version (I was still in 12.04). I had to download a driver for my TP-Link USB wireless device (TL-WN725N, chip RTL8188eu), which worked flawlessly in 12.04, then stopped working after the upgrade to 12.10. I recompiled the driver and it worked again (My router is pretty far from my room so I can't really use an ethernet cable without moving it).

Then problems started! After upgrading to 13.04, it gives me an error when I try to run it. I looked on google and found many solutions, but always with the RTL8188CUS chip, which isn't using the same driver as mine… So I'm kinda stuck! I could plug it to upgrade to 13.10, but I have no idea if my driver will work better on this version.

Any solution? I would paste the error, but I'm at work currently. I'll add it later when I'm home, if needed to fix the problem!

Thanks! I love Ubuntu, hope I'll find a way to make it compatible with my wireless! 🙂

Best Answer

If you are quite certain that it's an RTL8188eu chip, then I suggest this package: https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8188eu/archive/master.zip Right-click the zip file and select 'Extract Here.' Then, in a terminal:

cd rtl8188eu-master
sudo make install
sudo modprobe 8188eu

If you are unsure if it's an RTL8188eu chip, please post:


The file I linked above 'makes' perfectly on my 13.10 system.

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