Windows 10: Realtek RTL8188CU Wireless LAN Adapter does not start Solved

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  1. Posts : 935
    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix
       19 Nov 2015 #11

    bro67 said: View Post
    Any company can use any chipset that they wish. Realtek & Atheros (Motorola & Ericsson) are considered low power chips. The low power Intel chips used in the i3's and Celerons are always going to be not as great as those that are now the a/b/g/n units.

    I have had no problems with the Intel 7260 mini PCIe cards that are in both laptops. One laptop runs Windows 10, the other Linux Mint 17.2.

    I actually had to do a Reset on my wife's laptop that has 10586. Upgrading from one version to the next is causing some major issues. As usual, Microsoft is writing Beta software that never is finished. All that Microsoft had to do was keep 7 and give people Gui choices. It is to the point that I am about ready to wipe out my wife's laptop and install Linux Mint on it also.
    Yes, except the Realtek in this question is actually a USB Wireless NIC, I thought it was internal. Not sure if there are any USB NICs out there. I thought Atheros was basically Stanford University, never knew it was associated with Motorola & Ericsson. I'm using a Intel 7260AC-HWWWB.R Mini-PCIe that was just installed last week with the latest drivers, the .R is the revised September 2014 version. People seem to have problems with the older 7260AC's. I know on FreeBSD and even Windows, Intel makes the best Wired NICs that even 3Com can't touch. Realtek has always been cheap low end stuff from what I remember, the other good wired NIC chipset is the DEC back in the 100Mbps days.
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  2. Posts : 3,835
    Mac OS Sierra
       19 Nov 2015 #12

    Maybe with the 7260 N card. The AC card has not had any issues.

    The USB Nic's are a hit or miss on what chipset that they put in them. Those come down to the antenna as the majority of problems.
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  3. Posts : 935
    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix
       19 Nov 2015 #13

    bro67 said: View Post
    Maybe with the 7260 N card. The AC card has not had any issues.

    The USB Nic's are a hit or miss on what chipset that they put in them. Those come down to the antenna as the majority of problems.
    It's actually the 7260N and 7260AC that had issues, you can't tell physically on the 7260AC card if it's the .R revision or not, it's only in the packaging when the resellers buy in bulk. I know the Windows drivers version 17.x used to be buggy from what I read but 18.x fixed those problems.
    Last edited by Almighty1; 19 Nov 2015 at 13:18.
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  4. Posts : 3,835
    Mac OS Sierra
       19 Nov 2015 #14

    The 7260 AC, which I have two mini-cards, that I purchased in early 2014, have never had any issues what so ever.

    Even with the single band (150 mb/s) Realtek b/g/n cards that the laptops came with, never had any issues.
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  5. Posts : 935
    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix
       19 Nov 2015 #15

    Realtek and Broadcom don't have issues. Intel is known to have issues. Some people have a good card and then buy another Intel and it's bad when it comes to the 7260AC. It's widely known, before v18 drivers, some people even had to tape up a pin on the card or else it won't work... The reviews tells more:

    Amazon.com: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Network Adapter (7260.HMWWB.R): Computers Accessories
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