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Realtek RTL8180, RTL8185, RTL8187, RTL8187B, RTL8187SE devices

This page describes how to enable support for WiFi devices based on Realtek chipsets on Debian systems.

Drivers

rtl-wifi is a project to develop drivers for Realtek wireless LAN chipsets, a fork of the rtl8180-sa2400 project. These drivers were introduced into the mainline Linux kernel at various stages.

The driver modules are:

The RTL8187SE chipset is not supported by the project at this time. An experimental vendor driver is available.

Installation

<!> Lenny users:

<!> Etch users:


  1. Install the wireless-tools package:

    $ su
    # aptitude update
    # aptitude install wireless-tools
  2. If your device uses USB or PC Card (PCMCIA), physically connect it to your system.
  3. The necessary kernel module should be automatically loaded. If necessary, it can be manually loaded via either:

    # modprobe rtl8180

    or

    # modprobe rtl8187
  4. Verify your device has an available interface:

    # iwconfig
  5. Raise the interface to activate the radio, for example:

    # ifconfig wlan0 up
  6. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.

Supported Devices

rtl8180

The page HowToIdentifyADevice/PCI explains how to identify a PCI device.

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo rtl8180 on Lenny.

rtl8187

The page HowToIdentifyADevice/USB explains how to identify a USB device.

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo rtl8187 on Lenny.

RTL8187SE

The Realtek RTL8187SE is an IEEE 802.11b/g single-chip wireless LAN integrated circuit, with a PCI Express interface. This can be found in the Asus EeePC 701SD.

A driver from Realtek is available for initial device support on Linux systems.

Installation

  1. Install the debhelper, module-assistant and wireless-tools packages:

    $ su
    # aptitude update
    # aptitude install debhelper module-assistant wireless-tools

    Lenny users: Manually acquire and install the sid/rtl8187se-source package (http://packages.debian.org/sid/all/rtl8187se-source/download):

    # wget http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/r/rtl8187se/rtl8187se-source_1023.0928.2008_all.deb
    # dpkg -i ./rtl8187se-source*deb
  2. Build and install a rtl8187se-modules-* package within your system:

    # m-a a-i rtl8187se
  3. Load the r8180 module:

    # modprobe r8180
  4. Verify your device has an available interface:

    # iwconfig
  5. Raise the interface to activate the radio, for example:

    # ifconfig wlan0 up
  6. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.

Supported Devices

The page HowToIdentifyADevice/PCI explains how to identify a PCI device.

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo r8180 as at driver version 1023.0928.2008. Devices already supported by the rtl8180 driver have been removed.

See Also


CategoryHardware | CategoryWireless