help with status of realtek wifi driver?

Mandeep Sandhu mandeepsandhu.chd at
Sat Jan 8 00:50:44 EST 2011

> My Samsung N220 has a RTL8192E wifi chip. The windows 7 driver works fine, but
> I think the Linux driver is in staging. Does anyone know how to find out if
> there is work being done on this driver or who is doing it? Flaky in Ubuntu.
> lspci -nn shows:
>  05:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.  RTL8192E
>  Wireless LAN Controller [10ec:8192] (rev 01)

I have Ubuntu 10.10 (32-bit) running on my Toshiba laptop which has a
"similar" wlan card which works fine with the stock driver that comes
with Ubuntu:

lspci -nn | grep 819
02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
RTL8191SEvB Wireless LAN Controller [10ec:8172] (rev 10)

lsmod | grep 819
r8192se_pci           469517  0
cfg80211              144470  1 r8192se_pci

The module is actually showing 8192 so I guess it controls both the
wlan chipsets.

We did, however, experience a lot of issues with the same driver on
the 64-bit version of Ubuntu 10.10.

What Ubuntu version are you trying?


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