I have box running

4.4.0-62-generic #83-Ubuntu x86_64 GNU/Linux

I also have this Moshi USB/Ethernet Combo https://www.amazon.com/Moshi-USB-Gigabit-Ethernet-Adapter/dp/B00NMPB4H8, that has ASIX ax88760 chipset.

When I connect the USB device to the system the ethernet port does not appear to light up or be seen by the system as a functional NIC. I did a bit of research (months ago) and found that most likely I need to install the drivers for this card.

Doing a quick google search asix ax88760 ubuntu led me to this page. http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/cosmic/man4/axe.4freebsd.html

That page states (screenshot)

ASIX Man Page

So my question is: Do I need to compile ASIX Electronics AX88x7x/760 USB Ethernet driver to my kernel? How would I definitely determine this?

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    That chipset is problematic...Even after you succeed in compiling the driver I am not sure you will be happy how it works. Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 23:02
  • I am not sure what you mean. Why would I be unhappy? Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 23:09
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    The chipset is not well supported and does not work well. I recommend researching well chipsets, including the need not to compile before buying them, not after. Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 23:12
  • And in general: Use lsusb or the lines in appear in dmesg after you plug in a USB device to find out it's vendor and device id (in the form 0123:4567). This is also used to determine which kernel module gets loaded, check with modinfo and lsmod. On stock kernels, often all modules are compiled (unless experimental). You can check in the kernel configuration file (.config), which may or may not be in /boot depending on how Ubuntu does it.
    – dirkt
    Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 11:23


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