Trying to install drivers for TP-Link TL-WN725N

Brand new Manjaro user here guys so please excuse my ignorance. I have searched the forum for similar posts and am still stuck. I am trying to install the Tp-Link TL-WN725N wifi adapter and can not figure out how to download the drivers. The installation manual has directions for Ubuntu but I can’t figure out how to download these and activate it through manjaro.
I appreciate any help
Thanks
Andy

In order for anyone to provide you with assistance, you will need to post an inxi output here as the proper chipset for that adapter will need to be identified to find the driver. Sometimes manufacturers change the chipset for a particular model as well. Please read:

CPU: Dual Core Intel Core i5-3320M (-MT MCP-) speed/min/max: 1499/1200/3300 MHz
Kernel: 5.10.33-1-MANJARO x86_64 Up: 26m Mem: 988.6/7658.5 MiB (12.9%) Storage: 476.94 GiB (17.8% used)
Procs: 184 Shell: Bash inxi: 3.3.04

So I finally got the driver installed but still am unable to activate it

wlp0s20u2 unassociated ESSID:"" Nickname:“WIFI@REALTEK
Mode:Managed Frequency=2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Sensitivity:0/0
Retry:off RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality=0/100 Signal level=0 dBm Noise level=0 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

What about this? Found it searching for WN725N:

Sorry, try again. What does your CPU have to do with your network adapter? Please refer to the link you were provided above.

For good measure, please also post the output of lsusb with the formatting guidelines provided above.

Great. What did you do? What instructions did you follow?

I posted the CPU information due to a direct request to post my inxi output. What instructions did I follow? After 5,000,000 you tube videos I finally found one that walked me through step by step the driver update and it finally worked.
Here is the lsusb info, and as you can see Bus003 Device002 it is there with the correct driver, now to just get it activated, I will check out the link you provided above, thank you.

Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 028: ID 04f2:b44d Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd Integrated Camera
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 062a:5918 MosArt Semiconductor Corp. 2.4G Keyboard Mouse
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0bda:8179 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188EUS 802.11n Wireless Network Adapter
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Please don’t be obtuse. Help use help you. Again, no one asked for CPU information. This is specifically what would be helpful from the link posted above.

Copy-paste the following:

inxi --admin --verbosity=7 --filter --no-host --width

According to:
https://linux-hardware.org/index.php?id=usb:0bda-8179

The device is supported by kernel versions 3.12 and newer according to the LKDDb

The device is supported by the following additional drivers:

It’s possible 8188eu-dkms in the AUR (Arch User Repository) may work if it doesn’t out of the box with the kernel drivers.

Wow…ok … But …what is this then?

jrichard326

4h

In order for anyone to provide you with assistance, you will need to post an inxi output here as the proper chipset for that adapter will need to be identified to find the driver. Sometimes manufacturers change the chipset for a particular model as well. Please read:

The instructions you didn’t follow? :thinking: Huh?

Device-3: Realtek RTL8188EUS 802.11n Wireless Network Adapter type: USB
driver: r8188eu bus-ID: 3-2:2 chip-ID: 0bda:8179 class-ID: 0000
serial: 00E04C0001

Listen Yo, I’m sorry dude but as a first day user I really don’t appreciate being called names. Give me a bit of a break it’s literally my 3’rd day ever touching Linux. Feel free to ignore my posts and go make someone else feel like shit!

No one called you names. I asked you politely to not behave in a certain way. No one is here to make you feel bad. We’re here to help, however you also have to be willing to participate so we can.

Take a break and go outside or something, relax. Come back and read the info and try again later.

Let me try this again. I have gotten the drivers installed but still can’t activate the wifi adapter. Following the link above I am no stuck on

$checkdmesg | grep rtl8xxxu
bash: checkdmesg: command not found

sudo dmesg | grep rtl8xxxu

try this as well in terminal, to see if the adapter is blocked:
rfkill list

Have you tried a different kernel? Maybe 5.4 LTS.

Thanks Richard
No results with sudo dmesg | grep rtl8xxxu
rfkill list seems fine…only thing hard blocked is bluetooth which doesn’t matter

Let me do some reading before changing kernel as I do not know what this entails i did originally have a problem when I did this:
$dmesg | grep firmware
But I worked it out

You didn’t indicate which driver that you installed or a proper inxi output, so I am guessing you won’t get much help here.

I tried using the 5.4LTS kernel and it didn’t even show the device so I switched back to 5.10

I thought that the above was all that was relevant out of the inxi output, I hesitated to put the whole thing here because I got yelled at for putting irrelevant information here before and I don’t want to appear “obtuse” lol
But here goes:

System:
Kernel: 5.10.33-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.10-x86_64
root=UUID=5c3955fa-afc3-421c-8888-c3b096f1edaf rw quiet apparmor=1
security=apparmor udev.log_priority=3
Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0 tk: Gtk 3.24.24 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm4 vt: 7
dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux
Machine:
Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 23255TU v: ThinkPad X230
serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <filter>
Mobo: LENOVO model: 23255TU v: NO DPK serial: <filter> UEFI-[Legacy]: LENOVO
v: G2ET95WW (2.55 ) date: 07/09/2013
Battery:
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 58.3 Wh (99.1%) condition: 58.8/62.6 Wh (93.8%)
volts: 12.4 min: 10.8 model: SANYO 45N1172 type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
status: Unknown
Memory:
RAM: total: 7.48 GiB used: 975 MiB (12.7%)
RAM Report: permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required.
CPU:
Info: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5-3320M bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Ivy Bridge family: 6 model-id: 3A (58) stepping: 9 microcode: 21
cache: L2: 3 MiB bogomips: 20752
Speed: 1197 MHz min/max: 1200/3300 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1197 2: 1198
3: 1197 4: 1197
Flags: acpi aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon avx bts clflush cmov
constant_tsc cpuid cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts epb ept
erms est f16c flexpriority flush_l1d fpu fsgsbase fxsr ht ibpb ibrs ida
lahf_lm lm mca mce md_clear mmx monitor msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat
pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pebs pge pln pni popcnt pse pse36 pti pts rdrand
rdtscp rep_good sep smep smx ss ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp
syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi vpid x2apic
xsave xsaveopt xtopology xtpr
Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
Type: l1tf
mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable
Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
Type: spec_store_bypass
mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp
Type: spectre_v1
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional,
IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling
Type: srbds status: Vulnerable: No microcode
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
Device-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics vendor: Lenovo driver: i915
v: kernel bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:0166 class-ID: 0300
Device-2: Chicony Integrated Camera type: USB driver: uvcvideo
bus-ID: 1-1.6:12 chip-ID: 04f2:b44d class-ID: 0e02
Display: x11 server: [X.Org](http://X.Org) 1.20.11 driver: loaded: intel
unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1366x768 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 361x203mm (14.2x8.0")
s-diag: 414mm (16.3")
Monitor-1: LVDS1 res: 1366x768 hz: 60 dpi: 124 size: 280x160mm (11.0x6.3")
diag: 322mm (12.7")
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 4000 (IVB GT2)
v: 4.2 Mesa 21.0.3 compat-v: 3.0 direct render: Yes
Audio:
Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio vendor: Lenovo
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:1e20
class-ID: 0403
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.10.33-1-MANJARO running: yes
Sound Server-2: JACK v: 0.125.0 running: no
Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 14.2 running: yes
Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.26 running: no
Network:
Device-1: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network vendor: Lenovo driver: e1000e
v: kernel port: 5080 bus-ID: 00:19.0 chip-ID: 8086:1502 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak] driver: iwlwifi
v: kernel port: efa0 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:0085 class-ID: 0280
IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global
broadcast: <filter>
IP v6: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global
IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link
Device-3: Realtek RTL8188EUS 802.11n Wireless Network Adapter type: USB
driver: r8188eu bus-ID: 3-2:2 chip-ID: 0bda:8179 class-ID: 0000
serial: <filter>
IF: wlp0s20u2 state: down mac: <filter>
WAN IP: <filter>
Bluetooth:
Message: No bluetooth data found.
Logical:
Message: No logical block device data found.
RAID:
Message: No RAID data found.
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 476.94 GiB used: 91.29 GiB (19.1%)
SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Kingfast model: N/A size: 476.94 GiB
block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s rotation: SSD
serial: <filter> rev: 0A0 scheme: MBR
Message: No optical or floppy data found.
Partition:
ID-1: / raw-size: 476.93 GiB size: 468.38 GiB (98.21%)
used: 91.29 GiB (19.5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 label: N/A
uuid: 5c3955fa-afc3-421c-8888-c3b096f1edaf
Swap:
Alert: No swap data was found.
Unmounted:
Message: No unmounted partitions found.
USB:
Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 3 rev: 2.0
speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900
Hub-2: 1-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 6 rev: 2.0
speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 8087:0024 class-ID: 0900
Device-1: 1-1.2:3 info: MosArt 2.4G Keyboard Mouse type: Keyboard,Mouse
driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 2 rev: 1.1 speed: 12 Mb/s
power: 100mA chip-ID: 062a:5918 class-ID: 0301
Device-2: 1-1.6:12 info: Chicony Integrated Camera type: Video
driver: uvcvideo interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s power: 500mA
chip-ID: 04f2:b44d class-ID: 0e02
Hub-3: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 3 rev: 2.0
speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900
Hub-4: 2-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 8 rev: 2.0
speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 8087:0024 class-ID: 0900
Hub-5: 3-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.0
speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900
Device-1: 3-2:2 info: Realtek RTL8188EUS 802.11n Wireless Network Adapter
type: Network driver: r8188eu interfaces: 1 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s
power: 500mA chip-ID: 0bda:8179 class-ID: 0000 serial: <filter>
Hub-6: 4-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 4 rev: 3.0 speed: 5 Gb/s
chip-ID: 1d6b:0003 class-ID: 0900
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 43.0 C mobo: 0.0 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 0
Info:
Processes: 181 Uptime: 12h 55m wakeups: 2 Init: systemd v: 248
tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 10.2.0 clang: 11.1.0 Packages: 1288
pacman: 1271 lib: 329 flatpak: 12 snap: 5 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.0
running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.04

Does the laptop’s Intel 6205 wifi work? It is listed as “state:up”. So, I think the issue is how to make the system recognize the wifi device that you want. maybe this thread is helpful:

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=179683

You may need to blacklist the iwlwifi driver

The laptop’s 6205 does indeed work.
Following the article you sent me above when I try to run
etc/netctl/examples/wireless-wpa I get command not found, same if I run sudo etc/netctl/examples/wireless-wpa
Sorry I know I am probably missing some very basic stuff here and doing something wrong. I also worry about blacklisting the iwlwifi driver until I know the other one is going to work, thus leaving me with no internet connection

the blacklist file is just a simple .conf file that you create and then reboot. If it does not work, you delete that .conf file and reboot and you are back to where you started. You might be able to disable the internal wifi in the UEFI/BIOS as well. Another possibility is that you need to disable MAC Address Randomization (Google Search), in addition to iwlwifi blacklist.