RTL8723BE PCIe Wireless Network Adapter

  7 years ago
  Realtek (WIFI card/adapter/dongle)
  Mint (older version)
  Isn't detected or recognized
What works:

Everything works, but only after you install the right driver.

What doesn't work:

Device did not show up in the network manager, nor did it automatically try to work. Wireless option was unavailable in the network applet and Network Settings.

What was done to make it work:

Download the file https://github.com/kozak127/rtl8723be/archive/master.zip. Unzip it and in terminal do

cd /the_path_to_this_folder/rtl8723be-master
sudo make install
sudo modprobe rtl8723be

Additional notes:

Note 1: Maybe checkinstall would be better than "make install" -- only now learning about that.

Note 2: Opening the folder "in terminal" via Nemo could be easier than cd /the_path_to_this_folder/rtl8723be-master.

Kernel 3.13.0-27 may already have the driver. (0-14 does not)