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Old 01-27-2013, 12:06 PM   #1
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Help getting a working Realtek wireless driver.

Need a driver for the following wirless card:
ENCORE ENEWI-1XN45 Wireless N150 Adapter with 5 dBi antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/ n 2.0 PCI Express Up to 150Mbps

lspci -vv shows:
02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter [10ec:8176] (rev 01)
Subsystem: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter [10ec:8176]
Control: I/O- Mem- BusMaster- SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 7
Region 0: I/O ports at e000 [disabled] [size=256]
Region 2: Memory at fea00000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=16K]
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1+ D2+ AuxCurrent=375mA PME(D0+,D1+,D2+,D3hot+,D3cold+)
Status: D0 NoSoftRst+ PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
Capabilities: [50] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
Address: 0000000000000000 Data: 0000
Capabilities: [70] Express (v2) Endpoint, MSI 00
DevCap: MaxPayload 128 bytes, PhantFunc 0, Latency L0s <512ns, L1 <64us
ExtTag- AttnBtn- AttnInd- PwrInd- RBE+ FLReset-
DevCtl: Report errors: Correctable- Non-Fatal- Fatal- Unsupported-
RlxdOrd- ExtTag- PhantFunc- AuxPwr- NoSnoop-
MaxPayload 128 bytes, MaxReadReq 512 bytes
DevSta: CorrErr+ UncorrErr- FatalErr- UnsuppReq- AuxPwr+ TransPend-
LnkCap: Port #0, Speed 2.5GT/s, Width x1, ASPM L0s L1, Latency L0 <512ns, L1 <64us
ClockPM+ Surprise- LLActRep- BwNot-
LnkCtl: ASPM Disabled; RCB 64 bytes Disabled- Retrain- CommClk+
ExtSynch- ClockPM- AutWidDis- BWInt- AutBWInt-
LnkSta: Speed 2.5GT/s, Width x1, TrErr- Train- SlotClk+ DLActive- BWMgmt- ABWMgmt-
DevCap2: Completion Timeout: Not Supported, TimeoutDis+
DevCtl2: Completion Timeout: 50us to 50ms, TimeoutDis-
LnkCtl2: Target Link Speed: 2.5GT/s, EnterCompliance- SpeedDis-, Selectable De-emphasis: -6dB
Transmit Margin: Normal Operating Range, EnterModifiedCompliance- ComplianceSOS-
Compliance De-emphasis: -6dB
LnkSta2: Current De-emphasis Level: -6dB, EqualizationComplete-, EqualizationPhase1-
EqualizationPhase2-, EqualizationPhase3-, LinkEqualizationRequest-
Capabilities: [100 v1] Advanced Error Reporting
UESta: DLP- SDES- TLP- FCP- CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF- MalfTLP- ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
UEMsk: DLP- SDES- TLP- FCP- CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF- MalfTLP- ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
UESvrt: DLP+ SDES+ TLP- FCP+ CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF+ MalfTLP+ ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
CESta: RxErr+ BadTLP- BadDLLP- Rollover- Timeout- NonFatalErr-
CEMsk: RxErr- BadTLP- BadDLLP- Rollover- Timeout- NonFatalErr+
AERCap: First Error Pointer: 00, GenCap+ CGenEn- ChkCap+ ChkEn-
Capabilities: [140 v1] Virtual Channel
Caps: LPEVC=0 RefClk=100ns PATEntryBits=1
Arb: Fixed- WRR32- WRR64- WRR128-
Ctrl: ArbSelect=Fixed
Status: InProgress-
VC0: Caps: PATOffset=00 MaxTimeSlots=1 RejSnoopTrans-
Arb: Fixed- WRR32- WRR64- WRR128- TWRR128- WRR256-
Ctrl: Enable+ ID=0 ArbSelect=Fixed TC/VC=01
Status: NegoPending- InProgress-
Capabilities: [160 v1] Device Serial Number 01-91-81-fe-ff-4c-e0-00 shows the following driver is this the right one (???):

I've been downloading & trying different driver Tarballs all day without success. I did get linux_mac80211_0010.0109.2013.tar.bz2
to install on Fedora-17 with kernel-3.6.1 but modprobe wouldn't load it. If I remember correctly there were lots of "waring"
messaages during the "Make" but drivers were installed in the /lib/modules/3.6.1-efi/kernel/drivers/net/wireless directory.

modinfo rtl8192se
filename: /lib/modules/3.6.1-efi/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/rtl8192se.ko
firmware: rtlwifi/rtl8192sefw.bin
description: Realtek 8192S/8191S 802.11n PCI wireless
license: GPL
author: Realtek WlanFAE <>
author: lizhaoming <>
alias: pci:v000010ECd00008174sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010ECd00008173sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010ECd00008172sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010ECd00008171sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v000010ECd00008192sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
depends: rtlwifi
vermagic: 3.6.1-efi mod_unload modversions
parm: fwlps:bool
parm: swenc:using hardware crypto (default 0 [hardware])
parm: ips:using no link power save (default 1 is open)
parm: swlps:using linked sw control power save (default 1 is open)

Under kernel-3.7.1 the "make"command failed with Error:linux_mac80211_0010.0109.2013/base.c:1441:16: ‘struct <anonymous>’
has no member named ‘sta’.

Thank you for reading this post. I hope someone can help.
Old 01-27-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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This is a start point when asking questions about wireless drivers

Also when posting output from console commands please put it inside the CODE tags to increase readability. See BBcodes.

I'm no wireless savoy but to me looks like it is installed just need to set the access point password etc.
modinfo rtl8192se
filename: /lib/modules/3.6.1-efi/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/rtl8192se.ko
firmware: rtlwifi/rtl8192sefw.bin
But I may be wrong.

By the way isn't better to use the Fedora way to install drivers, with yum or their tools ?

Old 01-27-2013, 10:42 PM   #3
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Yes, it did install but it wouldn't load on reboot & modprobe wouldn't load it from the konsole. I didn't see a /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-wlan file either. I believe there were lots of warning messages during the make process too.

I just downloaded a fresh copy of the linux_mac80211_0010.0109.2013.tar.bz2 driver, so I'll give it another try & report back with the "make" command warring messages.
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The RTL8188CE should be supported out of the box by any recent distro, so you shouldn't need to install a driver at all.
What exactly are your problems with that device?
Old 01-29-2013, 11:09 AM   #5
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you need 8192ce, not 8192se, AFAIK. It should be included in more recent kernels (>=3.2 or so). At least it worked out-of-the-box on ubuntu 3.0 kernel (though not too well).
Old 02-04-2013, 01:47 AM   #6
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Sorry I didn't respond back sooner but I can report now that I have a working driver for my
ENCORE ENEWI-1XN45 Wireless N150 Adapter. It was in the Kernel-3.7.1 source. I didn't have
to use the proprietary linux_mac80211_0010.0109.2013.tar.bz2 after all but I think that is the
correct Reaktek package. I also think it would compile on by system now that I selected the
following Kernel options:

<*> Improved wireless config API
<*> Generic Ieee 802.11 Networking stack (Mac 80211)

Here is where the ENCORE ENEWI-1XN45 Wireless N150 Adapter (Chip:RTL8188CE) Kernel-3.7.1 source driver options are located:
Drivers Section:
Device Drivers ---->
Networking Support ---->
Wiweless Lan --->[*] Wireless Lan (IEEE 802.11)
Realtek RTL8192CE/RTL8188CE Wireless Network Adapter
Realtek RTL8192SE/RTL8191SE PCIe Wireless NetWork Adapter
Realtek RTL8192DE/RTL8188DE PCIe
Realtek RTL8192cu/RTL8188cu USB

Cryptgraphy Section:
Cryptographic Options --->
[*} Cryptographic API

Sorry to say I don't use the Fedora-17 distribution kernels. I like to build my kernels from source.
That explains why this card didn't work "Out_Of The_Box" for me.

Thank you all for reading this post.


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