Published by expire0
Posted on February 26, 2016
Recently I installed a barebones Debian 8.2 OS. Everything went well with the exception of the wireless adapter. Performing “Ifconfig -a” showed nothing while “lspci” showed the card. After further review I found that none of the firmware files were in /lib/firmware/rtlwifi and /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/ . I ran “apt-get install firmware-realtek” and “
After enabling the non-free sources.
# Debian 8 "Jessie" deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ jessie main contrib non-free The installation of firmware-realtek and wireless-tools went well. I also ran "update-initramfs -u " The wireless card was then recognized but was unable to scan for access points. (iwlist wlan0 scan) . To correct the scan issue I had to download the Realtek firmware files and place them in /lib/firmware/rtlwifi . The firmware files can be downloaded via git at https://github.com/airtime166/realtek_linux_drivers Additional information can be found at : https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/users/drivers/b43 Possible Errors after running update-initramfs -u
/lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8402-1fw for model r8169 If your nic model is not 8169, you can remove the module by running modprobe -r r8169 Additional commands dmesg