The TP-Link TL-WN725N is known as a hard one to get working on your Raspberry Pi. After searching for a long time, I finally got it working. In this post, I will tell you how to install it.
It is recommended to upgrade your Raspberry Pi first. Originally, my Raspberry Pi version was 3.10.25+ #622. After trying many times to install the TP-Link, it still wouldn’t work. So I upgraded my Pi to 3.10.33+ #654. To upgrade your Raspberry Pi, use the following command:
If the command is not found, you need to install that. To do so, use the following command:
sudo apt-get install rpi-update
Now you are able to run the ‘rpi-update’ command. To control if you upgraded your Raspberry Pi, run the following command to see your operating system number. In my case, I upgraded from 3.10.25+ #622 to 3.10.33+ #654.
After you finished upgrading. It is recommended to upgrade and update your packages. Do this with the following commands:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo reboot
Now, it’s time to install the driver for the WN725N adapter. To do so, type the following commands: (The .bin file is not needed for operating systems above 3.10.33+). Make sure you use the correct dropbox url. This can be found at: http://www.raspberrypi.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=462982
wget https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/80256631/8188eu-20140307.tar.gz //make sure you use the correct dropbox url for your Raspberry version tar -zxvf 8188eu-20140307.tar.gz sudo cp rtl8188eufw.bin /lib/firmware/rtlwifi //not needed anymore if your operating system is above 3.10.33+ sudo install -p -m 644 8188eu.ko /lib/modules/3.10.33+/kernel/drivers/net/wireless sudo insmod /lib/modules/3.10.33+/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/8188eu.ko sudo depmod -a sudo reboot
After you have rebooted, log in into Raspberry with username ‘pi’ and password ‘raspberry’. Then type the following command:
Now, a graphical user interface will show up. On the screen, you can see an icon with the name ‘WPA_GUI’. Open that. Now, you can see a window like here below:
Now, you can use WPS to access your network or perform a scan to detect all possible network in your environment.
To control if your TP-Link is connected to the internet, type the following command and look if the adapter got an IP-address:
After each operating system update, the driver changes. To install the driver for your RP version, you can find the dropbox link here. Reading this article is really recommended!
Hopefully it worked for you too. If it did, please share, If it didn’t, contact me, and we can work on a solution. Enjoy! 🙂