TL-WN725N, image taken from TP Link's site.

TL-WN725N, image taken as is from TP Link’s site. Used according to TP Link’s site Terms of Use.

I was helping some folks setting up their PC. They used Edubuntu 13.10 and using a broadband provider. They got a modem connected into a Wireless LAN Access Point (WLAN AP).

They brought TP Link TL-WN725N to connect into the AP. It was suggested by their vendor. Well, it was a cheap one, so I think the vendor was right.

Unfortunately, installing it on Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy) variant wasn’t that easy. Ubuntu 13.10 came with 3.11 kernel. After a long search, I have came up with solution. So, I wrote this tutorial for others to find.

Cut The Chase and Go On

To install this, make sure the PC got the right packages for building kernel modules.

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential dkms

Optionally, if you haven’t got GIT, install it:

sudo apt-get install git

Then, grab the driver’s source code:

git clone https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8188eu

Get into the directory.

cd rtl8188eu

Compile.

make

And install.

sudo make install

Don’t forget to reload the kernel modules dependency.

sudo depmod -aq

Reboot, and enjoy.