My TP-Link USB 2.4 GHz WiFi Adapter Not Always Recognized

I recently bought a TP-Link USB 2.4 GHz WiFi Adapter (Dongle) for my Lenovo tiny desktop. Zorin 16.2 {kernel 5.15.0-58) will recognize it about 50% of the time. When not recognized, If I pull it out of the USB port and replug it in Zorin recognizes it. Why is this and can I set Zorin to auto recognize it?

Hi, can you please open a terminal with the usb dongle attached and enter:

lsusb

and post back the results please.

nova2@nova2:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 152d:2339 JMicron Technology Corp. / JMicron USA Technology Corp. JM20339 SATA Bridge
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 004: ID 17ef:6019 Lenovo Lenovo USB Optical Mouse
Bus 003 Device 003: ID 0bda:8179 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188EUS 802.11n Wireless Network Adapter
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 17ef:6099 Lenovo Lenovo Traditional USB Keyboard
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Hi, please follow the solution to install the github driver as outlined in this askubuntu thread and see if it resolves your issue:

I tried these instructions but it didn't work for some reason. I found these instructions which I'll try: networking - How to install RTL8188EUS driver on ubuntu 18.04 - Ask Ubuntu

No worky--probably because I'm not good at compiling.

I found these instructions and drivers at the TP-Link website:

INSTALLATION GUIDE:

DRIVERS:

The drivers are not current to the latest kernel though.

I think TP-Link are bad for this, advertising Linux compatible with very early kernel modules is like selling a device that will run on Windows XP. If you have the funds to buy a GNU/Linux compatible device I would advise getting one from here:

https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-linux/penguin-wireless-n-usb-adapter-gnu-linux-tpe-n150usb

Yes, I agree. Thanks.