How to Install Realtek RTL8192CE Driver on Debian Bookworm

April 4, 2024 | By the+gnu+linux+evangelist.

GNU/Linux Debian Bookworm Installing Realtek RTL8192CE Driver Guide

Hi! The Tutorial shows you Step-by-Step How to Install Realtek RTL8192CE WiFi/Bluetooth Wireless Driver from Source Code in Debian Bookworm 12.x GNU/Linux.

And this Realtek RTL8192CE Driver in Debian Bookworm 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.

Most noteworthy: a Module is already bundled into the Linux Kernel, so in this case if you want to try this quick Solution see first the Realtek Firmware Setup Guide.

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 RTL8192CE Driver Debian Bookworm Setup should be working also after a Kernel Upgrade with the Dkms integration.

Step-by-step Realtek RTL8192CE Driver Debian Bookworm Installation - Featured
  1. 1. Launching Terminal

    Open a Shell Session
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)

    Open Terminal

    In case first see: Terminal QuickStart Guide.

    First Update the Apt Repo Sources with:

    sudo apt update
  2. 2. Installing Dependencies

    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
  3. 3. Downloading Realtek RTL8192CE Driver

    Download Realtek Driver in Debian GNU/Linux

    Get Realtek Wi-fi Driver .git/.zip for Debian
    If you are using Firefox then on Prompt Choose “Open with Archive Manager”:
    Step-by-step Realtek RTL8192CE Driver Debian Bookworm Installation - Firefox Prompt
    Or After try to Select the Package by the Downloads Button on Top Panel:
    Step-by-step Realtek RTL8192CE Driver Debian Bookworm Installation - Downloaded Packages
    Instead, on Google-Chrome simply try to Choose the Package on the Bottom Panel:
    Step-by-step Realtek RTL8192CE Driver Debian Bookworm Installation - Chrome Bottom Panel Downloads
    How to Install Chrome Browser on Debian.
    Or best to Clone the Archive with Git.
  4. 4. Extracting Realtek RTL8192CE 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 RTL8192CE Driver Debian Bookworm Installation - Extraction Or from Command Line:
    unzip -d /tmp/ ~/Downloads/*
    But if you are in Trouble to Find the Location on Terminal then See: How to Access Downloads Folder from Browser.

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