Hostapd TL-WN722N with custom driver?

I just got a TP-link TL-WN722N v2/v3 (2357:010c). The driver is RLT8188EUS. The webGUI does not show this interface. I play arround with the hostapd config file to force using this NIC. When trying /etc/init.d/hostapd restart, I have this error:

nl80211: Driver does not support authentication/association or connect commands

It seems to be a driver issue. There is a post in unix stack exchange on this: a specific driver seems to work but it is out of the main tree

→ how can I use a custom driver on IPfire ? Is it a good idea?

@jean46 Welcome to our comunity.

IPFire is compiled with a kernel module called RTL8188EE. If you want to compile a different module that is not in the official tree, I think you need to patch the kernel and build it yourself. This is the documentation.

Please note that, for security reasons, you cannot simply drop a .ko file module and use ‘modprobe’ or ‘insmod’ to instruct the IPFire kernel to load the module. In IPFire, the kernel will only load modules that have been signed and built together with the kernel. As a result, adding a new module requires recompiling the entire kernel to ensure it is properly signed and integrated.


Maybe it is already part of ipfire?!?

I found this 2357p010C

[root@ipfire ~] # modinfo r8188eu | grep -i 010C
alias:          usb:v2357p010Cd*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*in*
[root@ipfire ~] #