Realtek RTL8192EU WiFi drivers for Raspbian

dmesg has the following lines after pulling and replacing the dongle:

[ 139.561996] usb 1-1.4: USB disconnect, device number 4
[ 148.245617] usb 1-1.4: new high-speed USB device number 6 using dwc_otg
[ 148.347566] usb 1-1.4: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=818b
[ 148.347602] usb 1-1.4: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[ 148.347618] usb 1-1.4: Product: 802.11n NIC
[ 148.347633] usb 1-1.4: Manufacturer: Realtek
[ 148.347649] usb 1-1.4: SerialNumber: 00e04c000001

Edit: This is the ebay page where I got it.

Hmmm… That adapter seems to have jumped out of a can of worms:

You may get it going with some of the info in that thread - mostly driver and firmware stuff, it appears. Or get one of the officially supported Wifi dinguses for the Pi – they’re cheap. :wink:

Thanks Rene,

Following the links and info led me to the excellent MrEngman’s posts.

MrEngman keeps a repository of compiled drivers for the RTL8192EU chipset and has devised a most excellent script which will install the appropriate driver for your kernel and build automagically. The commands to download and install the script are:

tar xzf install-wifi.tar.gz

The script has a help option displaying functionality:

./install-wifi -h

Run the script without options to simply install the appropriate driver:


After doing this I rebooted, went back into dietpi-config and was able to setup WiFi in the usual (easy) way by following the prompts.

A hearty thankyou to MrEngman and to you Rene. There is something genuinely life-affirming about people who help others so generously.

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Great news! And while my contribution was rather pedestrian, I share the sentiment. :slight_smile:

Speaking of scripts and helping: don’t waste any time installing @rovinggecko’s excellent little GPIO13 tuning script – seems you’re all set with your Tube!

Mr. Engman has struck an issue with Dropbox and had to change the location of his script and drivers. On 22 April 2017 he posted:

Dropbox have made a major change to their web site and its really screwed things up. Really annoying to say the least so I have moved the drivers to a new site. I have a script to use the new site which will automatically determine the driver you need and download and install it.

Download and install the new version of the script with commands
sudo wget -O /usr/bin/install-wifi
sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/install-wifi

The command:
sudo install-wifi -h
will show details on using it.

To install the driver on your current kernel you should just need to run command
sudo install-wifi
This will select the driver you need and automatically download and install it.


Here is another resource for Realtek WiFi drivers including kernel 4.4.

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