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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: 06/03/2016 23:06

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 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

Identified Hardware Configurations (1 Result)

This hardware component was used by Linux users under the following system configurations. These results were collected by our LHG Scan Tool:
Scan Date
Debian GNU/Linux 8.1 (jessie) 3.16.0-4-amd64 - 22/08/2015

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

  • Killa says:

    Out of Linux Mint 17/17.3 didn’t work right.
    Plug n play work for if you lucky to update then would drop 17 said it was out of range 15 ft away.
    You can compiler the driver yourself if you know how. Here a real good noob/me guide.

    But Linux Mint 18 got the right driver mostly 80%+ compared to 17 a lot would be in 50%.
    Thankfully not one issue in a month or so.
    Loving Mint btw my laptop got 17 on it this rig 18. Came from Win 7 on both 64bit.

    I love you guys but that guide from 2012 which i just found it’s real good but why no support.
    Release date for Mint 17 is 2014/ 17.1 is 2015/ 17.2 is 2015/ 17.3 is 2015/ 18 is 2016.

    Still loving Mint i will try that guide as i still have a hdd with 17 on it for this pc. I was testing AMD drivers in 17 vs 18 best i could get in this rig on 17 with amd lastest linux driver in glmark2 was 4800 or so but in 18 no amd driver 6800 anyway rambling.

  • steve says:

    installed in a Dell T5610 with dual Xeon processors running Ubuntu 15.10, kernel 4.2.0-27-generic. with the card installed, the kernel would panic before the boot process completed.

  • 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.

  • 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”.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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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