Zach Adams Web Developer and Programmer

Fixing RTL8723ae Driver for Ubuntu Linux

June 24, 2014

Update: If you have RTL8723be and are experiencing difficulties try this

I love Ubuntu. XUbuntu to be more specific but it’s still Ubuntu. I love it so much I made it my main OS and haven’t looked back since. There are a few issues with this driver (RTL8723AE) that I’ve had to deal with though, and here’s one of them.

After telling my computer to restart then getting impatient when that took more than 15 seconds I foolishly did a hard reset and when I restarted my wireless card no longer detected wifi networks. After stumbling my way through 20-25 obscure blog posts that weren’t technically related to my wifi card I found a solution. So for the 2 other people in the universe to have this issue in the future here’s what I did to remedy the situation.

If you have an available Ethernet connection and can still use it try this

If you haven’t try installing the linux-firmware-nonfree drivers with this command:

sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree

Then try installing the Wicd network manager. Wicd has more tools than the default one XUbuntu uses.

sudo apt-get install wicd wicd-gtk wicd-daemon wicd-cli wicd-curses

Awesome, now try restarting your computer and it should be working.

If you don’t have an available Ethernet connection

If on the off chance you’re also dual booting with Windows try restarting into Windows and see if the connection works there. If it doesn’t work there then I don’t know what you can do. Have fun.


Shree says:
November 30th 2014 at 12:00am
This works.
Pawel says:
December 6th 2014 at 12:00am
I found it after many tries and attempts to improve my Wifi range. I have Toshiba Sattelite c855-2et. Ububtu 14.10 64 bits is running smoothly however wifi range is jumping up down without fully disconecting connection. Did those two commends and range is still jumping a bit however when watching movies online I m able to do this - not like before with interruptions. Love Ubuntu so I m staying with it however don't believe that one day this issue will be fixed - Realtek thanks for your support (and Toshiba too) Zach thanks for your help. Pawel
Stephan says:
December 22nd 2014 at 12:00am
It didn't work for me. I cannot get any wireless networks even after trying this. I have an MSi S12 has a RTL8723ae PCI card with Ubuntu 14.04
Vladimir says:
January 15th 2016 at 12:00am
Thanks a lot !!! it's works !!!
Itumeleng says:
June 20th 2016 at 12:00am
Awesomeness after three days of struggle.
Mahdi says:
January 25th 2020 at 12:00am
Nope, didn't work. But thanks anyway!

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