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Realtek RTL8180L, RTL8185L, RTL8187L, RTL8187B, RTL8187SE devices

This page describes how to enable support for WiFi devices based on Realtek 802.11a/bg chipsets on Debian systems.

Drivers

rtl8180, rtl8187, rtl8187se are drivers for Realtek 802.11b and 802.11a/bg wireless LAN chipsets, included in the mainline Linux kernel.

The produced kernel modules are:

For all drivers, no firmware from userspace is required for device operation.

<!> rtl8187se is a staging driver and only available for the x86 and x86-64 architectures (Debian i386 and AMD64 ports respectively) at this time.

{i} Realtek 802.11n devices are supported by different drivers.

Installation

Squeeze

This release supports Realtek RTL8180L, RTL8185L, RTL8187L, RTL8187B and RTL8187SE-based devices.

  1. Install the wireless-tools package:

    # aptitude install wireless-tools
  2. If not already performed, connect the device 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

    or

    # modprobe rtl8187se
  4. Verify your device has an available interface:

    # iwconfig
  5. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.

Lenny

The oldstable release supports Realtek RTL8180L, RTL8185L and RTL8187L-based devices.

  1. Install the wireless-tools package:

    # aptitude install wireless-tools
  2. If not already performed, connect the device 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. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.

Wheezy

The testing distribution supports Realtek RTL8180L, RTL8185L, RTL8187L, RTL8187B and RTL8187SE-based devices.

  1. Install the wireless-tools package:

    # aptitude install wireless-tools
  2. If not already performed, connect the device 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

    or

    # modprobe r8187se
  4. Verify your device has an available interface:

    # iwconfig
  5. 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 in Debian 2.6.32 (2.6.32-34squeeze1) kernel images.

rtl8187

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

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo rtl8187 in Debian 2.6.32 (2.6.32-34squeeze1) kernel images.

rtl8187se / r8187se

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

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo rtl8187se in Debian 2.6.32 (2.6.32-34squeeze1) kernel images.

See Also


CategoryHardware | CategoryWireless