Installing Realtek rtl8723be driver for Ubuntu, Debian or Fedora

Originally written by  Chirath R

I have been searching for a fix for the wifi problems in my HP Pavillion ab-028tx. It’s having a Realtek rtl8723be Wifi Card. For a long time, there was no perfect driver for this device. I tried many drivers and none of them fixed the disconnection and low wifi range problems. At last, I found a fix from ubuntu forums. Follow these steps to get your wifi working in Ubuntu.

  • Get into your BIOS(in my case I had to press f10 after turning on my laptop). Then go into System Configuration->Boot options and Disable secure boot. This is very important as third party drivers won’t work in secure boot mode as they are not verified.
    • Save and restart(f10), open up a terminal (ctrl + alt + t) and type the following commands in order.
    • Installing new driver for the Realtek wifi chip.

    Note:  its suggested to have latest kernel installed(Linux kernel 4+).

    Step 1:

    Ubuntu :

    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hanipouspilot/rtlwifi
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install rtlwifi-new-dkms linux-firmware
    • Restart ubuntu.
    $ sudo reboot


    $  sudo apt-get install firmware-realtek

    Step 2:

    Common steps for all three OSes.

    • If you are not able to see your wifi networks, follow the steps below :
    • Download the driver by clicking “Download ZIP” from GitHub.(Note that the GitHub driver must be the master branch) or clone the driver by using the link
    • extract it to your home directory and open a terminal.
    • Execute the following commands :

    Step 3:

    Ubuntu and Debian

    $ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) gcc g++ build-essential dkms git
    $ sudo reboot
    $ cd rtlwifi_new-rock.new_btcoex
    $ make
    $ sudo make install
    $ sudo modprobe -rv rtl8723be


    $ sudo dnf install kernel-devel kernel-headers
    $ cd rtlwifi_new-rock.new_btcoex
    $ make
    $ sudo make install
    $ sudo modprobe -rv rtl8723be

    Step 4:

    Common Steps

    • If you are unable to get wifi even now, change the antenna input to #2 using the command:
    $ sudo modprobe -v rtl8723be ant_sel=2
    • note : try changing ant-set=1 or 0 if it doesn’t work for u.
    • Now your Wifi will be working perfectly as in windows, now set input #2 as permanent.
    $ echo "options rtl8723be ant_sel=2 fwlps=0" | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/rtl8723be.conf

    And reload the module.

    $ sudo modprobe -r rtl8723be
    $ sudo modprobe rtl8723be

    Now your WiFi should be working perfectly 🙂 .