Talk page - wifi card Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8723BE PCIe Wireless Network Adapter
Error Realtek rtl 8723BE
by rikylinux, 11:52, 1 December 2020
Amigos este controlador NO es libre, por error fue tomado como tal. Desde el desarrollo del kernel de la FSF lo bloquean. Ahí dejo informe e adjunto para verificar.
This device CAN with libre software only
by tratatata, 16:58, 4 January 2021
RTL8723BE can work without blobbed firmware. You can verify that if you unblock this firmware (remove DEBLOBBED comment from the source code of this driver in linux kernel sw.c file) and even provide some fake name of the firmware e.g. '.alt_fw_name = "rtlwifi/rtl8723befw.bin"' then wifi on this device will correctly work. Note that blobbed firmware is provided (in standard linux) under /lib/firmware/rtlwifi/rtl8723befw.bin but in linux-libre this file does not exist and will never be loaded. Also in the linux-libre deblob script you can find this comment: "# There are reports that at least some cards that use this module work # even without loading a blob." and here we have exactly this case.
This device CAN with libre software only - edit
by tratatata, 17:03, 4 January 2021
Some edit, of course I wanted to write: "provide some fake name of the firmware e.g. '.alt_fw_name = "foobar"'".
Bluetooth working?
by 9swords, 22:17, 13 August 2021
By checking the stats of the chip rtl8723 I found it has Bluetooth function, but when not given a blob (running on linux-libre), will it work with both Bluetooth and wifi?
Added note
by Ark74, 19:54, 8 June 2022
There is some details that might be required to grade this device.

Some more testing and clarification from the owner of such device would be very appreciated.

by iShareFreedom, 16:46, 9 June 2022
este periférico no funciona sin el software privativo, por lo tanto los invito a ayudarme a quitar este periférico de porque se muestra como un periférico que funciona sin software privativo y esto no es verdad. Retirarlo lo antes posible de hará que la permanezca compartiendo información a cerca de periféricos que funcionan con software libre.
Already marked
by Ark74, 16:49, 9 June 2022
Ya está marcado como que no funciona con software libre.

Sería importante hacer más pruebas para estar asegurar su funcionamiento, pero no veo la necesidad de quitarlo de h-node si ya está marcado como que no funciona.

Lo quitaría
by iShareFreedom, 21:59, 14 June 2022
Lo quitaría porque va en contra del objetivo de que es el de proveer información a cerca de hardware compatible con software libre. Por cuanto este periférico no cumple con este requisito creo que no debería estar en
Switch to English
by Ark74, 10:16, 15 June 2022

Switch to English for a broad participation.

I'm on close communication with Alexandre (lxo) from the FSFLA, main maintainer of linux-libre to layout some document that could help clear many doubts.

Also, h-node is designed to document what hardware works or don't, not just the one that does.

by rikylinux, 11:26, 16 June 2022
Me parece los mas importante No sea sacar los datos del controlador sino aclarar que funciona solo en modo NonFree, hice las pruebas en Parabola, a mí no me funciona. Saludo Gnuxeros!

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