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Asus PCE-N15 (PCIe, 802.11n, 300Mbits, Wps)

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Asus PCE-N15 (PCIe, 802.11n, 300Mbits, Wps)
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Updated: 17/09/2014 21:34

Review of Linux Compatibility

The PCI-Express wireless network card bases on the Realtek RTL8188CE chipset. This chipset is supported by the Linux kernel since version 2.6.38-2 and recognized by the kernel in the following way:

03:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter (rev 01) [10ec:8178] (rev 01)
   Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:84b6]

The PCE-N15 is controlled by the kernel module rtl8192ce (kernel/drivers/net/wireless/rtlwifi/rtl8192ce/rtl8192ce.ko). This drivers is loaded automatically by the kernel:

rtl8192ce 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 18
rtl8192ce 0000:02:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
rtl8192ce: Using firmware rtlwifi/rtl8192cfw.bin
ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'rtl_rc'
rtlwifi: wireless switch is on

Furthermore, Realtek provides the kernel module for download at their homepage.
To compile this driver under Ubuntu the following packages have to be installed first: linux-headers-generic and build-essential. Afterwards, the driver can be unpacked and compiled:

sudo su
make clean
make
make install

Unfortunately, the quality of the Linux driver seems to be low and several Linux user experience disconnctions and other problems with the WiFi card or the RTL8188CE chipset.
As a remedy it is suggested to deactivate the hardware encryption of the card. In this case, the module has to be loaded by the kernel with additional options, which can be given in the file /etc/modprobe.d/rtl8192ce.conf:

options rtl8192ce ips=0 fwlps=0 swenc=1

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 Comments

5 Responses to “Asus PCE-N15 (PCIe, 802.11n, 300Mbits, Wps)”

  • avatar
    skullman says:

    At this moment due to some bug in the driver this card no working. Last known working kernel was 3.7. Currently running on 3.14 and problem still exist. Avoid this.

  • avatar
    Serge says:

    The same problem with PCE-N15, it does not work properly in OpenSuSe 13.1, the card is available but I cannot join to WiFi access point. I’m using WEP2 personal authentication. Each time when I’m trying to connect I get meesage “Undable to authenticate”.

  • avatar
    phirux says:

    I also installed Asus PCE-N15 on Asus Z87-K motherboard and it was recognizes by system. It seemed that Asus PCE-N15 is controlled by Kernel 3.7.x module in openSuse 12.3 and everything just worked correctly. But when I installed new version of openSuse 13.1, this mentioned card couldn’t communicate with access point. I couldn’t still solve this problem in openSuse 13.1. I found same problem in new openMandriva Lx 2013. I tested this card with Mint 15 Cinnemon and Manjaro 0.8 and it worked correctly.

  • avatar
    phirux says:

    I installed Asus PCE-N15 on my Asus Z87-K motherboard and it was recognized by system after instalation without any addintional configuration. It is working correctly. I get connected to internet using openSUSE 12.3 diustro as I prefered OS.

    • avatar
      Tero says:

      Did you compare ping results with other WLAN cards or with this card under Windows? It loses packets and can have 10 second breaks in the connection. I’m using Asus Z87M-Plus and the card even breaks connection without getting it back on again. The WLAN symbol is ok but data does not move. This is on Ubuntu 13.10.

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