TP-Link TL-WN725N on Ubuntu

Simple steps to take a working TP Link TL-WN725N USB wireless dongle on Ubuntu 13.10…

Get working USB device in “dmesg” list:

[104052.357090] usb 2-1.2: USB disconnect, device number 4
[104057.671917] usb 2-1.2: new high-speed USB device number 5 using ehci-pci
[104057.764598] usb 2-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=8179
[104057.764606] usb 2-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[104057.764610] usb 2-1.2: Product: 802.11n NIC
[104057.764614] usb 2-1.2: Manufacturer: Realtek
[104057.764617] usb 2-1.2: SerialNumber: 00E04C0001

Verify blacklist:

# rfkill list

0: phy0: Wireless LAN
	Soft blocked: yes
	Hard blocked: no

Run this build/install script (

# Download, build and install TP Link TL-WN725N driver on Ubuntu 13.10
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential dkms git

mkdir /tmp/tl-wn725n
cd /tmp/tl-wn725n
git clone
cd rtl8188eu

sudo make install
sudo depmod -aq

Use new device as “wlan1”:

# iwconfig 

wlan1     unassociated  Nickname:""
          Mode:Managed  Frequency=2.412 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
          Retry:off   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality=0/100  Signal level=0 dBm  Noise level=0 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

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