The impossible task of making Wifi work on a Raspberry Pi

By | April 12, 2017

This will be my last post on how to get wifi working on a raspberry pi because I’m going to buy the pi 3 from now on with inbuilt wifi. With a cheap as wifi dongle and changes in the OS from Wheezy to Jessie, getting wifi to work is a nightmare.

I keep getting errors such as “8188EU: ERROR indicate disasso”.

Here is what needs to be done.

Run uname -a to get you version. Something like “Linux raspberrypi 4.1.7-v7+ #817 SMP PREEMPT Sat Sep 19 15:32:00 BST 2015 armv7l GNU/Linux”

Go to this page: and wget the right driver for your exact version. eg for me it is

> wget

Then run:

 > tar xzf 8188eu-4.4.8-v7-881.tar.gz
 > ./

The key for me was putting the wifi details directly into the /etc/network/interfaces file instead of using the recommended wpa_supplicant.conf. It’s probably because I’ve another configuration that I don’t know about overriding this file.

My /etc/network/interfaces was:

auto lo
 iface lo inet loopback

iface eth0 inet manual

auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
 wpa-ssid "your_ssid_here"
 wpa-psk "your_pwd_here"

Everything else I commented out with #.

sudo reboot and it should work. It did for me finally.

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