I am relatively new to Linux, and I am using Mint 20.2, on an HP Elitebook 840 G7.

I have bought a TP-Link USB-to-Ethernet adapter, based on the ASIX AX88179 chipset:

USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter

I have been able to (compile and) install the driver, and the device is correctly listed in the system report.

However, the adapter does not work.

I am aware that I need to create a new Network Interface for the device, but I don't know how. Among other things, I don't know how to read the MAC address of the device, to follow the instructions of this post:

How to set up an usb/ethernet interface in Linux?

This page seems also useful, but it is too much for me:

Adding new, undocumented features into a kernel driver

Thanks in advance for any help!

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The problem has been solved by updating the system to Linux Mint 20.3!

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