Step-by-step – Realtek RTL8188CE Driver Ubuntu 21.04 Installation

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

Installing

  1. 3. Downloading Realtek RTL8188CE Driver

    Download Realtek Driver for Ubuntu GNU/Linux

    Get Realtek Wi-fi Driver .git/.zip for Ubuntu

    If you are using Firefox then on Prompt Choose “Open with Archive Manager”:

    Step-by-step Realtek RTL8188CE Driver Ubuntu 21.04 Installation - Firefox Prompt

    Or After try to Select the Package by the Downloads Button on Top Panel:

    Step-by-step Realtek RTL8188CE Driver Ubuntu 21.04 Installation - Downloaded Packages

    Instead, on Google-Chrome simply try to Choose the Package on the Bottom Panel:

    Step-by-step Realtek RTL8188CE Driver Ubuntu 21.04 Installation - Chrome Bottom Panel Downloads

    How to Install Chrome Browser on Ubuntu.
    Or best to Clone the Archive with Git.

  2. 4. Extracting Realtek RTL8188CE Driver

    And then Extract Driver Archive into /tmp
    (But best instead you follow instructions for a Git Checkout)
    Possibly Double-Click/Right-Click on Package and Open with Archive Manager:
    Step-by-step Realtek RTL8188CE Driver Ubuntu 21.04 Installation - Extraction
    Or from Command Line:

    sudo unzip -d /tmp/ ~/Downloads/*master.zip

    But if yuo are in Trouble to Find it out on Terminal then See: How to Access Downloads Folder from Browser.

  3. 5. Installing Realtek RTL8188CE Driver

    Then to Install Wi-fi Driver for Ubuntu
    Access the Target folder, in case of a Git Checkout modifies the Path accordingly:

    cd /tmp/*master

    Or whatever else the Git Archive location.
    First, you may try with the Automatic Setup running:

    ./install.sh

    In case of Faillure then go with the DKMS Installation that could be functioning after a Kernel Patch.
    But after a Kernel Upgrade you may need to remake the Setup changing or Branch as on instructions.
    So now to start with the DKMS Installation first Copy the Source Code:

    cp -rv . /usr/src/rtlwifi-1.0.0

    Then Register the Sources with DKMS:

    sudo dkms add rtlwifi/1.0.0 .

    Next provide to Build and Install the Modules:

    sudo dkms install rtlwifi/1.0.0

    To Check the New Module is Loaded use:

    ./am_i_using_this_driver.sh

    Finally, in case of Troubles with Dkms you may Try with an Ordinary “make” “sudo make install” Setup following the given Commands.

  4. 6. Loading Realtek RTL8188CE Driver

    Now to Load Realtek Driver into Ubuntu’s Kernel
    You should Reboot your System to Activate the Interface with:

    sudo reboot now

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