Step-by-step – Realtek RTL8188CE Driver Ubuntu 18.04 Installation

May 9, 2021 | By the+gnu+linux+evangelist | Filed in: Tutorial.

GNU/Linux Ubuntu 18.04 Realtek RTL8188CE Driver Source Setup Guide

Hi! The Tutorial Shows You Step-by-Step How to Install Realtek RTL8188CE WiFi/Bluetooth Wireless Driver from Source Code in Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic LTS GNU/Linux.

And this Realtek RTL8188CE Driver for Ubuntu 18.04 Fixes some well known Issues and so:

  • It has been modified to allow you to transmit at up to 33 dBm instead of the stock driver hard limit of 20 dBm, regardless of your CRDA regulatory domain. This is a substantial increase in capability because every 3 dB increase is equivalent to a doubling of the power. IOW, you can pump out 4x more Tx power than before. This is subject to CRDA restrictions however (though you can set that to whatever you want, just make sure you’re staying legal)

  • It has a few default settings that generally increase stability

  • Some helpful fixes are backported from newer kernels so that they can be enjoyed without upgrading the entire kernel (very useful for staying on your distros current kernel while benefitting from fixes relating to this driver)

Again this Driver may be functioning also for all the following Realtek Chipsets:

  • RTL8188CE/RTL8188EE

  • RTL8191SE

  • RTL8192CE/RTL8192DE/RTL8192SE

  • RTL8723AE

As suggested from the Realtek Driver Support.

Especially relant: please be aware of how this Driver is Not supporting all the Linux Kernels range, so in case of issue consult the available Online Documentation.

Finally, this Realtek RTL8188CE Driver Ubuntu 18.04 Setup should be working also after a Kernel Upgrade with the Dkms integration.

Step-by-step – Realtek RTL8188CE Driver Ubuntu 18.04 Installation
  1. 1. Launching Terminal

    How-to Quick-Start with Command Line on Ubuntu GNU/Linux

    Command Line Ubuntu Linux QuickStart Guide

    First, Update the Apt Repo Sources with:

    sudo apt update
    Authenticate with the User Admin Pass.
    If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then see: How to Enable sudo.
  2. 2. Installing Requirements

    Then to Install Required Stuff
    First, play:

    sudo apt install bc build-essential git module-assistant dkms
    Now better to Upgrade the System with:
    sudo apt upgrade
    And in this case after Restart your System running:
    sudo reboot
    Last, to Setup the Kernel Headers and other eventual Requirements run:
    sudo m-a prepare

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