Ubunti 18.04 wifi

Aug 22, 2017
431
600
Funster No
50,136
MH
Wildax Europa PVC
Exp
Since 2014 -- cycle-camper before that
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.
 
OP
MyrtleGuru
Aug 22, 2017
431
600
Funster No
50,136
MH
Wildax Europa PVC
Exp
Since 2014 -- cycle-camper before that
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.
 
SMC Motorhomes Newark
RoadPro
Johns Cross
Safeguard Motorhome Insurance
Rhino Installs
Friendly professional service from qualified technicians
Free Club Stickers
Dave Newell Leisure Vehicle Services
Top