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I am setting up a pc running XUbuntu and so far it is going pretty well. I am having issues getting wifi working though.

Initially I tried with my existing Netgear A6200 but was told that basically drivers don't exist and I would have to use windows drivers - which I didn't fancy so I bought one of these:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XZ1DBPZ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

which lists linux as a supported OS.

I haven't had much luck getting it to work. I was hoping that I would just plug it in and get the drivers magically but no such luck.

The chipset is apparently realtek RTL8811AU (I got this by plugging it into my windows PC).

I found this post: https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2306417

but make fails* - I also don't like the idea of having to re-do this every time linux updates...

I looked at the drivers that come with the dongle and there is an install.sh to compile and install the drivers (I assume this is doing a similar thing to the github repo referenced on the above post). This install script also fails**...

There is also a tar of source code included on the disc...

I was really hoping for some apt-get command to do this that would track and update the drivers as new updates came out.

If I get make to work am I really going to have to re-do that each time I get an update?

Feeling a bit pissed off about this, it was all going really well until now! Thanks

* make failure output

    andy@Andy-Miner:~/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux$ make
    make ARCH=x86_64 CROSS_COMPILE= -C /lib/modules/4.10.0-33-generic/build M=/home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux  modules
    make[1]: Entering directory '/usr/src/linux-headers-4.10.0-33-generic'
      CC [M]  /home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/core/rtw_cmd.o
      CC [M]  /home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/core/rtw_security.o
      CC [M]  /home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/core/rtw_debug.o
    In file included from /home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/include/drv_types.h:64:0,
                     from /home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/core/rtw_debug.c:22:
    /home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/core/rtw_debug.c: In function ‘dump_drv_version’:
    /home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/include/rtw_debug.h:187:19: error: void value not ignored as it ought to be
      #define _seqdump seq_printf
                       ^
    /home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/include/rtw_debug.h:240:7: note: in expansion of macro ‘_seqdump’
        if(_seqdump(sel, fmt, ##arg)) /*rtw_warn_on(1)*/; \
           ^
    /home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/core/rtw_debug.c:65:2: note: in expansion of macro ‘DBG_871X_SEL_NL’
      DBG_871X_SEL_NL(sel, "%s %s\n", DRV_NAME, DRIVERVERSION);
      ^
    /home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/core/rtw_debug.c:66:64: error: macro "__DATE__" might prevent reproducible builds [-Werror=date-time]
      DBG_871X_SEL_NL(sel, "build time: %s %s\n", __DATE__, __TIME__);
                                                                    ^
    //snip LOADS of errors

    /home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/include/rtw_debug.h:240:7: note: in expansion of macro ‘_seqdump’
        if(_seqdump(sel, fmt, ##arg)) /*rtw_warn_on(1)*/; \
           ^
    /home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/core/rtw_debug.c:1221:2: note: in expansion of macro ‘DBG_871X_SEL_NL’
      DBG_871X_SEL_NL(m, "best_channel_24G = %d\n", best_channel_24G);
      ^
    cc1: some warnings being treated as errors
    scripts/Makefile.build:294: recipe for target '/home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/core/rtw_debug.o' failed
    make[2]: *** [/home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux/core/rtw_debug.o] Error 1
    Makefile:1524: recipe for target '_module_/home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux' failed
    make[1]: *** [_module_/home/andy/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux] Error 2
    make[1]: Leaving directory '/usr/src/linux-headers-4.10.0-33-generic'
    Makefile:1323: recipe for target 'modules' failed
    make: *** [modules] Error 2
    andy@Andy-Miner:~/git/rtl8811AU_rtl8821A-linux$

** install script output from included drivers:

andy@Andy-Miner:~/Downloads/wifi dongle$ sudo ./install.sh
##################################################
Realtek Wi-Fi driver Auto installation script
Novembor, 21 2011 v1.1.0
##################################################
Decompress the driver source tar ball:
        rtl8821AU_linux_v4.3.14_13455.20150212_BTCOEX20150128-51.tar.gz
rtl8821AU_linux_v4.3.14_13455.20150212_BTCOEX20150128-51/
rtl8821AU_linux_v4.3.14_13455.20150212_BTCOEX20150128-51/core/

//snip - loads of files listed

rtl8821AU_linux_v4.3.14_13455.20150212_BTCOEX20150128-51
Authentication requested [root] for make clean:
cd hal/OUTSRC/ ; rm -fr */*.mod.c */*.mod */*.o */.*.cmd */*.ko
cd hal/OUTSRC/ ; rm -fr *.mod.c *.mod *.o .*.cmd *.ko
cd hal/led ; rm -fr *.mod.c *.mod *.o .*.cmd *.ko
cd hal ; rm -fr */*/*.mod.c */*/*.mod */*/*.o */*/.*.cmd */*/*.ko
cd hal ; rm -fr */*.mod.c */*.mod */*.o */.*.cmd */*.ko
cd hal ; rm -fr *.mod.c *.mod *.o .*.cmd *.ko
cd core/efuse ; rm -fr *.mod.c *.mod *.o .*.cmd *.ko
cd core ; rm -fr *.mod.c *.mod *.o .*.cmd *.ko
cd os_dep/linux ; rm -fr *.mod.c *.mod *.o .*.cmd *.ko
cd os_dep ; rm -fr *.mod.c *.mod *.o .*.cmd *.ko
cd platform ; rm -fr *.mod.c *.mod *.o .*.cmd *.ko
rm -fr Module.symvers ; rm -fr Module.markers ; rm -fr modules.order
rm -fr *.mod.c *.mod *.o .*.cmd *.ko *~
rm -fr .tmp_versions
Authentication requested [root] for make driver:
make ARCH=x86_64 CROSS_COMPILE= -C /lib/modules/4.10.0-33-generic/build M=/home/andy/Downloads/wifi dongle/driver/rtl8821AU_linux_v4.3.14_13455.20150212_BTCOEX20150128-51  modules
make[1]: Entering directory '/usr/src/linux-headers-4.10.0-33-generic'
arch/x86/Makefile:140: CONFIG_X86_X32 enabled but no binutils support
make[1]: *** No rule to make target 'dongle/driver/rtl8821AU_linux_v4.3.14_13455.20150212_BTCOEX20150128-51'. Stop.
make[1]: Leaving directory '/usr/src/linux-headers-4.10.0-33-generic'
Makefile:1551: recipe for target 'modules' failed
make: *** [modules] Error 2
##################################################
Compile make driver error: 2
Please check error Mesg
##################################################

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  • Realtek drivers do exist for Linux, but Realtek also tends to make rubbish hardware. I did a quick search, and it looks like your device isn't supported by the kernel, so you'll indeed have to build a third party module, unless someone has already make a package available. And even if they have, it won't be a perfect solution. Recommendation: return your device if possible, and get another one. And next time research the device before purchasing it. Note that there is a SE hardware rec site - hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com and generally people don't mind if you ask in SE chat rooms. – Faheem Mitha Sep 3 '17 at 9:37
  • Ask about hardware recommendations, that is. And it's not hard to get a sense of what hardware devices are well supported. As a rule of thumb, avoid getting anything that doesn't have device drivers in the kernel. There are exceptions to this, but if it is a third party module, make sure it's packaged for Debian/Ubuntu. Otherwise you're going to have a major maintenance headache. – Faheem Mitha Sep 3 '17 at 9:38
  • realtek? You dont make it working consistently ever. unix.stackexchange.com/questions/252210/… ; it is cheap junk – Rui F Ribeiro Sep 3 '17 at 10:20
  • Please edit here by adding the output of lsusb and uname -a and sudo dpkg -l linux-headers* | grep ii – GAD3R Sep 4 '17 at 8:26
  • I don't have the adaptor anymore so can't I'm afraid – Roaders Sep 4 '17 at 8:30
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To get the wifi working you should install the rtl8812au-dkms from the official Ubuntu repository.

sudo apt-get install rtl8812au-dkms
sudo modprobe 8812au

Or by building the driver using dkms from diederikdehaas/rtl8812AU git repo (support added for kernel version >= 4.7) , As root run:

apt install dkms
git clone https://github.com/diederikdehaas/rtl8812AU.git
cd rtl8812AU
DRV_NAME=rtl8812AU
DRV_VERSION=4.3.14
mkdir /usr/src/${DRV_NAME}-${DRV_VERSION}
git archive driver-${DRV_VERSION} | tar -x -C /usr/src/${DRV_NAME}-${DRV_VERSION}
dkms add -m ${DRV_NAME} -v ${DRV_VERSION}
dkms build -m ${DRV_NAME} -v ${DRV_VERSION}
dkms install -m ${DRV_NAME} -v ${DRV_VERSION}
modprobe -v 8812au
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    +1. However do not be surprised with sudden stops or with less than expected speed. – Rui F Ribeiro Sep 3 '17 at 17:34
  • Is rtl8812au module going to work for RTL8811AU adapter? – Alexey Feb 16 '18 at 23:40
  • I got it to compile but I had to update the version number: DRV_VERSION=4.3.20 To find the latest & greatest: find -name driver-\* | sed -e's/.*driver-//' | uniq – shawnhcorey May 1 '18 at 19:03

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