I bought a Wifi dongle from ebay and it gets recognized by the pi, but not as the correct device.

the device is Realtek rtl8188ftv

lsusb shows it as

Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0bda:f179 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

here is the dmesg

[  101.502277] usb 1-1.4: new high-speed USB device number 7 using dwc_otg
[  101.632920] usb 1-1.4: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda,idProduct=f179
[  101.632940] usb 1-1.4: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[  101.632953] usb 1-1.4: Product: 802.11n
[  101.632963] usb 1-1.4: Manufacturer: Realtek
[  101.632976] usb 1-1.4: SerialNumber: 00E0212D162B

I did some searching and found that the device drivers are not in the kernel. I have tried using drivers from similar devices but they don't work. Is there any way to load drivers for this device into the kernel manually? thanks

  • but not as the correct device you are mistaken ... it is being recognised as the correct device ... ID 0bda:f179 is Realtek RTL8188FTV Wireless 802.11n USB 2.0 according to wikidevi.com/wiki/0bda – Jaromanda X Nov 28 at 1:56
  • a search suggests it's not readily supported in linux in general, not just on a pi ... but ... askubuntu.com/questions/1062402/… may help – Jaromanda X Nov 28 at 1:59

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