Need recommendation for wireless network card


I already posted this in another forum but it was suggested that this SLES Hardware forum was more appropriate.

I have installed SL Enterprise server on a new intel i5 system. Version
12 PL 0.

The system boots up and I can see the onboard intel lan adapter in Yast

  • which is not wireless. Wireless is a requirement and without it the
    server cannot be connected to a network. (This is a development server)

I Installed an ASUS PCE-N15 wireless adapter in the server. This adapter
does not show up. I could not find a repository with a package for the
driver for this adapter.

Can anyone recommend a wireless adapter that will work in this
situation, that already has a driver or has one available that can be
installed with zypper?

Or does anyone know where there is a driver for the PCS-N15 that can be
installed from a package/repository?

My only other option seems to be to compile a generic linux driver which
I wish to avoid

Thanks for any help.


Trying to find something for you I stumbled upon this page, which has some
links to Linux drivers built into the kernel:

I do not see your ASUS adapter in here, but knowing the actual chipset may
be more-relevant as drivers (as I recall) are written to a chipset and
then that chipset may be used in one or more actual types or even brands
of cards.

You may want to run the following command to see if your device even shows
up at all:

sudo /sbin/lspci -v

Look for strings like ‘wifi’ and ‘802.11’ to determine which device, if
listed, is your wireless device. Mine (wireless in particular) shows up,
among many other things, like this:

04:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188CE
802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter (rev 01)
Subsystem: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 9196
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
I/O ports at d000 [size=256]
Memory at f7900000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
Capabilities: [50] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
Capabilities: [70] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
Capabilities: [140] Virtual Channel
Capabilities: [160] Device Serial Number 01-91-81-fe-ff-4c-e0-00
Kernel driver in use: rtl8192ce
Kernel modules: rtl8192ce

Good luck.

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Many thanks again for your reply.

The device does not show in /sbin/lspci -v. Also not in YaST network.

I have determined that my adapter does use the rtp8192ce chip.

How do I install the driver you are using or check to see if it is installed?

Can I use YaST software management/repositories?



Do you mean ‘rtl’ vs. ‘rtp’? Googling for ‘rtp8192ce’ comes back with
zero hits, which is nearly impossible so I am guessing it’s a typo.

Care to post your lspci output somewhere (including here if it fits) just
to see what is happening?

I’ve rarely had to troubleshoot drivers, so I’m not super-great at it, but
we’ll get through if possible.

Good luck.

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