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How-to install TP-Link TL-WN725N

The TL-WN725N is a nano USB adapter from TP-Link with 150 Mbps wireless N. In general this WLAN stick is compatible with the Raspberry PI according to the hardware compatibility list. But it depends on the hardware version how easy it is to set it up.

Hardware Version 1

Should work out of the box without any further actions. Just plug the WLAN stick into the Raspberry PI and run the command


to check that the WLAN interface is recognized (normally wlan0).

Hardware Version 2

This version is shipped with the Realtek 8188eu chipset. Driver for this chip are not part of the Raspbian OS. There is a long discussion in the Raspberry PI forum about it. The forum user MrEngman created a driver package for the Raspbian OS. The following steps are necessary to download and install the driver on your Raspberry PI:

tar -zxvf 8188eu-20130830.tar.gz
sudo install -p -m 644 8188eu.ko /lib/modules/3.6.11+/kernel/drivers/net/wireless
sudo insmod /lib/modules/3.6.11+/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/8188eu.ko
sudo depmod -a

This is the the original post from MrEngman.
In case of a broken download link, here is a copy of the file.

If everything worked well the command


should list the wlan interface (normally wlan0).

WLAN interface setup

Since the WLAN interface is now available you have to setup the WLAN connection. This is described here.

tl-wn725n.txt · Last modified: 09.10.2013 19:20 by derk