Saturday, June 30, 2018

TP-Link TL-WN725N wireless USB adapter on Linux

The default driver which is auto loaded by the kernel does not seem to work as expected . The workaround is simple. Go to the TP link site here :

download the driver , unzip the file and ,

$ apt-get install gcc

$ make clean
$ make


$sudo cp 88x2bu.ko /lib/modules/[kernel version]/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ #[kernel
version] is the directory name of the system kernel version

$ sudo depmod  –a
$ sudo modprobe 88x2bu.ko

in my case it was 8188eu.ko

lsmod to check

Blacklist the existing module by adding  the line

blacklist   r8188eu

to  /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf 

unplug the dongle and plug it back again .

Seems to work perfectly now! :) 


  1. hi how do i know what to put in 88x2bu.ko?

  2. Search in the downloads folder for the .ko extension file. you'll find the whole name there.