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Old 05-04-2013, 09:32 AM   #1
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Wifi Help: Debian 7 and USB TP-Link TL-WN725N

Hi all,

I'm having a rough time getting the correct firmware/driver to recognize my TP-Link USB wireless adapter. The full model number is TL-WN725N Ver 2.0.

I'm running Debian 7 (Wheezy) kernel 3.2.0-4-amd64. Debian 3.2.41-2.

The TL-WN725N is apparently based on the Realtek wireless adapters. I've tried installing those drivers through compilation and by using apt-get.

apt-get install firmware-realtek
However, the device is not shown in ifconfig. All I see are eth0 and lo.

When I attempt to use iw, I only see the following:

nl80211 not found
The device is recognized within lsusb:

Bus 01 Device 004: ID 0bda:8179 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
I also updated all software sources to non-free in sources.list.

Any and all help appreciated.
Old 05-04-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
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It seems there's a driver for this device here. (You can find instructions on how to compile it at the end of this link).

It's also a good idea to have a read at this thread:, since it's about the same device. Judging from the last link, ndiswrapper might be an option, in case the native Linux driver installation/compilation fails for some reason.

Hope this helps.
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You may need to use the ath9k_htc driver.


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