Ubunti 18.04 wifi

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  1. MyrtleGuru

    MyrtleGuru Funster

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    Now I'm a big fan of Linux, and definitely not a Windows fan. and ambivalent towards Android/iOS/macOS.

    But recently trying to get wifi working under Ubunti 18.04 has been driving me mad.

    I was trying to repurpose an old MSI Wind Box DC11. I thought its small size and 500GB hard drive would make it a suitable addition to the van to serve as a media centre.
    windbox.jpeg

    An internet connection would be desirable although not essential, as the content would largely be stored on the hard drive. However, can I get the wifi to work? No, I can't.

    The internal wifi device is a Realtek 8188CE, which seems to be poorly supported in Ubuntu.

    I wonder if there is a USB wifi dongle that works out of the box under Ubuntu 18.04 or if I should be trying a different Linux distro.

    Any advice gratefully received.
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    I keep saying this -- Linux Mint.
     
  3. MyrtleGuru

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    Yes, I might as well give that a bash!
     
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    It's free and I've got at least 4 running here and never a problem.

    I suppose you might just have an oddball PC to prove me wrong.
     
  5. MyrtleGuru

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    Well that was a bit of a palaver.

    Decided to try Mint.. and it's rather nice, so sticking with that.

    Wifi still didn't work though. Decided the internal wifi device was poorly supported under Linux, so spent a few quid on a USB wifi device (tp-link WN823N).

    Still didn't work out of the box though. The internal wifi device could not be turned off in the bios, so I blacklisted the driver (rtl8192ce).

    The driver that Mint installed for the USB wifi (rtl8xxxu) didn't work -- I could see the wifi networks but could not establish a connection.

    So I blacklisted that one and built a new driver (rtl8192eu) using instructions from here:

    https://github.com/Mange/rtl8192eu-linux-driver

    I now have a nice useful box to stick in the van.
     
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