Here’s how to Enable Realtek RTL8188FTV Wi-Fi adapter on Linux (Ubuntu) (Beginner friendly guide)

The full name of the Wi-Fi adapter is Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188FTV 802.11b/g/n 1T1R 2.4G WLAN Adapter, however to make it easier, I use Realtek RTL8188FTV Wi-Fi adapter on the rest of this article.

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My work sometimes requires me to be involved with Linux, however, mostly is on shell scripting to run ETL related programs. Outside work, I’m actually pretty new on the Linux world especially on setting up the hardware/environment. To keep long story short: I recently got myself a used home-office server with Intel Xeon processors and had installed Ubuntu Desktop on it. I also recently bought a Wi-Fi dongle from AliExpress – the cheapest I could find – but turned out, it’s not straight-away compatible with Linux or in my case with my Ubuntu Desktop.

So after searching, trying and testing myself here and there, finally I was able to make the Wi-Fi adapter runs perfectly on my Ubuntu Desktop. Therefore, with this article I would like to share the steps – beginner steps, so that if you are like me – newbie to Linux – you won’t get frustrated setting up the Wi-Fi adapter on your Linux / Ubuntu PC.

The Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter

While I don’t recommend you to get this Wi-Fi Adapter (because it’s not straight-away running on Linux), but if you are not sure which one to get, I would say do give this Wi-Fi adapter a try, because at least you could get it running using the guide written here.

Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapterGet it from AliExpress

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Here’s how to use Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter on Linux

Don’t worry, my guide written below will be a very step by step beginner friendly.

Tested on following Linux distro, so if you are using different distros / version, your steps may be slightly different. But fret not, in case you have any questions, I’ll try my best to answer and assist.

OS: Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish)
Kernel: Linux 5.15.0-46-generic.

Before starting, ensure you have plugged in the Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter into one of your Linux PC USB ports and have booted up your Linux PC. The steps below are tested on Ubuntu Desktop 22.04.1 LTS.

Step 1) Open Terminal

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Ubuntu Application Drawer

a) On your Ubuntu PC, click on the Grid button (which has nine dots) to open the Application drawer.

b) Inside the Application drawer, find and click on “Terminal” to open it.

c) When you successfully open Terminal, you should see a window with black background and white text, similar to Windows Command Prompt.

Step 2) Ensure the WiFi adapter is there

Before continuing on the next step, ensure your Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter has been detected by the OS, by doing the following steps:

a) Inside Terminal, key in and then press Enter:

ip a

linux terminal ip a
ip a – to return all your network interfaces

This will return you all the network interfaces your Linux is having. See if you can find something with prefix as “wlx” (such as “wlx002711003c26 on my case).

As an alternative way, inside Terminal, you can key in and press Enter:


This command will return you all the available device that plugs to your USB port. See if you can find “Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188FTV 802.11b/g/n 1T1R 2.4G WLAN Adapter” from the list.

linux terminal lsusb
lsusb – utility for displaying information about USB buses in the system and the devices connected to them

If you can find the adapter from the list, then proceed to the next step.

Step 3) Updates your Linux packages to the latest

Once confirmed you can see your Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter detected by the OS, now first update your Linux (Ubuntu) to the latest. This is to ensure, your Ubuntu Desktop has all the latest packages. Follow the steps in sequence.

a) To resync latest package index and information – need to install latest packages.

sudo apt update

b) To upgrade all packages to the latest

sudo apt upgrade

c) To install network related tools command (such as ifconfig)

sudo apt install net-tools

Once you have done the steps above, by right your Linux packages has been updated to the latest.

Step 4) Add Kelebek repository

Kelebek is the contributor that wrote the driver for Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter. Follow the steps in sequence.

a) To add Kelebek repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kelebek333/kablosuz

b) Then resync latest package index and information, this time to get Kelebek package(s) which contains driver for Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter.

sudo apt-get update

Step 5) Install the Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter.

Now it’s the time to install the driver for Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter.

a) To install Driver

sudo apt-get install rtl8188fu-dkms

b) (Optional) To purge the now-no-longer-needed packages

sudo apt purge rtl8188fu-dkms


Step 6) Change the Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter driver config

On Terminal, key in and press Enter:

echo “options rtl8188fu rtw_ips_mode=0” | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/rtl8188fu.conf

Then key in and press Enter:

sudo modprobe -rv rtl8188fu && sudo modprobe -v rtl8188fu

Step 7) Reboot your Linux PC

By right after doing the steps above, the Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter should have been detected and ready to be used, but in case it’s not or just to be safe, do restart your Linux PC.

Click the Power menu (on top right of the screen), then choose Restart.

Step 8) Connect to your Wi-Fi

Once rebooted, login to your Linux PC, then do the following steps:

a) Click on Grid button > Settings > Wi-Fi.

b) Turn ON the Wi-Fi if it’s not yet turned ON.

c) The select the network you want to connect to and key in the password.

linux wifi dongle driver fix
Now the Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter is able to detect Wi-Fi network

Voila! That’s quite a long steps but you should now get the Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter activated and connected to your chosen Wi-Fi network.

Bring it all together

Like I mentioned earlier, if you have not purchased the Realtek RTL8188FTV WiFi adapter, I would highly recommend you not to buy this adapter and instead find adapter that’s has direct compatibility with Linux. I provided some of the links below. However, if either you have purchased or not sure which one to buy, then using the guide I shared above, you should get the adapter up and running.

D-Link USB WiFi Adapter Dual Band AC1300Get D-Link from Amazon
TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter N150 Get TP-Link from Amazon

Wi-Fi adapter that’s directly supported by Linux distros: Wi-Fi Adapter list from Linux Contributors.


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30 thoughts on “Here’s how to Enable Realtek RTL8188FTV Wi-Fi adapter on Linux (Ubuntu) (Beginner friendly guide)

  • September 17, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Can you do this without connecting to the internet.
    Maybe an offline driver .deb file

    • September 27, 2022 at 6:18 am

      Hi Hanzi,
      I believe there should be a way. But the easiest way is to hook-up your Linux PC with either a router or any other Internet-connected PC via wired cable (LAN cable).

    • January 15, 2023 at 10:03 pm

      Bro it shows the wireless networks but it does not connect to anyone. When I try to connect after few seconds it says disconnected.

  • September 23, 2022 at 2:01 am

    Finally it worked. I have been struggling for two days. I can’t thank you enough. God bless you. THank you for such a detailed article.

  • October 8, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Очень благодарен вам за инструкцию. В Линуксе я полный новичек, но благодаря вам смог настроить вай-фай адаптер. На российских ресурсах помощи не нашел. Зато ваш пост меня очень выручил! Спасибо

  • November 5, 2022 at 8:16 am

    Thank you for the tutorial I got thsi realtek adapter to work but as you have stated I will not get another one. I use Linux mint and it finds everything it would not find this though the tutorial taught me a lot thank you

  • December 18, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Just noted that on step 6 just do:
    echo options rtl8188fu rtw_ips_mode=0 | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/rtl8188fu.conf
    i.e don’t use commas when writing into conf or it will give bad line error when executing next command.

    • July 29, 2023 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you, I was wondering what was going wrong. It was the smart quotes.

  • January 14, 2023 at 3:06 am

    Thanks for this guide. It worked for my USB Wifi, purchased from AliExpress.

      • March 8, 2023 at 2:53 am

        Will it work for Parrot Os
        Plz tell me the diff between doing it on ubuntu and parrot os

  • January 18, 2023 at 11:59 pm

    please can i use guid on kali linux virtualbox

    • May 16, 2023 at 10:59 pm

      I did try it but I don’t found the -sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kelebek333/kablosuz-.
      And I have 3 days when I look for driver to this device to kali linux…
      If you found it tell me please

  • March 6, 2023 at 9:45 pm

    thanks a lot. Many months ago i purchased this stick at aliexpress. it did function
    on windows but not on Kubuntu. now it did work.. best regards.

  • March 17, 2023 at 5:00 am

    Completed the detailed installation procedure for the RTL8188FTV. Last step ended with a FATAL error. “Module rtl8188fu not found” . Repeated the procedure twice more, with multiple errors. Reinstall Ubuntu? Buy another WIFI dongle other than the 8188FTV? It looked sooo promising 🙁

  • March 17, 2023 at 6:53 am

    Wiped, reloaded Ubuntu. Repeated above steps. FATAL error: could not find rtl8188fu module. Should post this comment so as not to mislead the hopeful.

    • July 23, 2023 at 12:55 pm

      Hi, have you solved the issue? I am getting the same error “FATAL error: could not find rtl8188fu module.”

  • May 13, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks, worked like a charm on Linux Mint.

  • July 23, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Jonathan Jilaxzone
    I did all steps, in the last step it says FATAL error: could not find rtl8188fu module.
    I am using ubuntu 22.04 server

      • September 26, 2023 at 6:58 pm

        Its half worked!

        I do your all steps and all are succeded untill after restarting the pc in the connection section it written the name of the device(the wifi adapter) and beside it its says unavailable. How can I dfix this?

        • October 8, 2023 at 9:35 am

          Hi TH sakib,

          Try to redo the steps, hopefully the next restart will fully enabled your WiFi adapter.
          Anyway, which Ubuntu version are you using?

    • July 29, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      I had the same error, I retried the steps above and it worked for me the second time. Ensure that
      1. On step 6 just do:
      echo options rtl8188fu rtw_ips_mode=0 | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/rtl8188fu.conf
      Do not use quotes, especially if you are copy-pasting it on the terminal.
      2. I also did not purge in Step 5, IDK if that makes a difference.

  • September 19, 2023 at 5:07 am

    Thanks, it worked great!


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