Wi-Fi Troubles

I just finished building a new computer with parts given to me by my friends Jon and Max. The thing works great, but I've got Wi-Fi issues.

I bought this wifi card. It worked fine, but for some reason the signal strength behind my computer was terrible (two bars or so). This was bad.

Using my cell phone, I noticed that the signal strength was much higher a few feet above the back of the tower, so I bought this USB wifi adapter, which I could place several feet away.

This initially worked perfectly. The computer is a dual boot—Windows 8 and Ubuntu 14.04—and it worked in both. Then, a few days later, it stopped working in Ubuntu. It would disconnect and reconnect every few minutes. This change coincided with my accidentally plugging a cable into my shitty USB hub backward, shorting out all the peripherals and causing the wifi adapter to shut off and reconnect. I can't be sure they're related, but I can't think of anything else that changed.

I found this thread on the subject. Apparently, I have the TL-W822N V3. Versions 2 and 1 worked fine with Ubuntu, but Version 3 doesn't. This doesn't completely fit, since it was working at one point, but I couldn't find anything else to try.

I ran the code at the top of Pilot6's answer, and rebooted.

sudo apt-get install git
git clone https://github.com/lwfinger/rtlwifi_new.git
cd rtlwifi_new
make
sudo make install

Aaand found just a blank white screen that didn't respond to any input. I should mention that also coincided with installing Dropbox, so that may have caused the problem. Not sure. Anyway, I tried a few things, but this was a new install anyway, so I figured I'd just reinstall Ubuntu.

My new install had the same problem. I tried the second suggestion in Pilot6's answer.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hanipouspilot/rtlwifi
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rtl8192cu-dkms

Didn't help.

I tried the solution suggested in Rajat Pandita's answer. Also didn't help.

Finally I tried the solution in Pilot6's second answer.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hanipouspilot/rtlwifi
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rtlwifi-new-dkms linux-firmware

And it worked! So, there you have it. If you're having this issue, maybe this'll be useful.

Author | Ben Wiener

Currently a Ph.D. student in Physics at Brown University.