Realtek RTL8187L Driver

USB DriverHere you will find the Realtek RTL8187L Driver to install. This is the driver for the Realtek RTL8187L adapter card. These are the latest drivers. Ensure that you have the correct driver for your card. There are a number of Realtek cards much like the RTL8187L which sound similar such as the Realtek RTL8185L which can also be found on this website.

Realtek RTL8187L Driver

Note that there are a number of drivers for the RTL8187L Realtek which was the last updated in 2011 being the latest driver which has been added below. Note that the Windows XP/Vista/Win7 are the Beta drivers for the card.

There are also Linux drivers such as the Linux driver for Kernel 3.0.0/3.1.0/3.2.0 as well as the Linux driver for kernel 2.6.X. There are also Apple Mac versions listed below. Note the two versions for the Apple versions of the hardware. You will find the latest Realtek RTL8187L Driver listed below.


download-2-xxlDriver Installation (Windows XP/Vista/Win7) (Beta Version)   


Linux driver for Kernel 3.0.0/3.1.0/3.2.0


Linux driver for Kernel 2.6.X


MAC OSX 10.4 Driver Package (UI ver. 1.5.7)


MAC OSX 10.5 Driver Package (UI ver. 1.5.7)


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Realtek RTL8187L (code 31) on Windows 8/8.1/10

If you are getting an error such as Device Manager showing error code 31 then you have to go into the Device Manager and (right click on the driver) to uninstall the driver on your computer. You will also have to check the box to let it delete the driver files.

Now reboot your computer and Windows will attempt to install the driver again. Most times it will fail to install the driver. Download the Windows 7 beta driver above and install it again after the reboot. The Windows 7 driver is compatible with the Windows 8/8.1/10 operating system according to Microsoft. Note the Realtek RTL8187L Driver in Windows 8/8.1/10.


Bring up the Device Manager panel

Realtek RTL8187L Driver

Uninstall the driver

Realtek RTL8187L Driver


This will then try to find the driver. When it does not find the driver you must then install the driver from above. If that has failed then try and install the driver in compatibility mode as shown below. Ensure the reboot when installing the Realtek RTL8187L Driver.

Compatibility Mode option

Realtek RTL8187L DriverAfter the download is complete you will need to now follow the steps to install the RTL8187L  driver in Windows Compatibility mode:

  • First locate the folder that has the .exe file. Right Click on the setup file and click on Properties.


  • Go to Compatibility tab and check the box “Run this program in compatibility mode for”.


  • Select the Windows 7 (or the version of Windows for which the driver is downloaded) from the drop down list. Click on Apply and then on OK.
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  • Double Click on the setup file and follow the onscreen instructions to install the driver.

This will normally solve all the problems. Many do complain that the RTL8187L driver does not work when installed however the compatibility option is the last option to make it work on your computer. See also the Realtek RTL8185L Driver and the Realtek USB 2.0 Card Reader Driver.




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