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Realtek provides an experimental driver for the RTL8187SE


# wget
# tar -xzf rtl8187se_linux_26.1016.0716.2008.tar.gz
# cd rtl8187se_linux_26.1016.0716.2008

If you use a 2.6.27 kernel, you need a little patch :

# wget
# patch -p1 < patch_rtl8187se_2.6.27

And compile the driver.

# ./makedrv

It should compile with a lot of warnings.

If the driver doesn't compile, verify you have the minimum for wireless in the kernel. You don't need anything more that this:

Linux Kernel Configuration:
  Networking  --->
     Wireless  --->
        [*] Wireless extensions

To load the driver:

# ./wlan0up
Note: You must load the driver manually or it won't work (ie: don't copy the *.ko in /lib/modules).
Note: This is my way to load the driver moduels automatically. After compiling the driver modules on the kernel newly built,
# mkdir /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/wireless
# cp ieee80211/*.ko rtl8185/r8180.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/wireless
# depmod -a
# update-modules
# echo r8180 >>  /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6 
# cd /etc/init.d
# ln -s net.lo net.wlan0
# rc-update add net.wlan0 default

(by pelopor)

See also

Some infos can be found on this ubuntu thread.

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