Proprietary driver install for Alfa AWUS036NH usb wifi adapter

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Winston61
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Proprietary driver install for Alfa AWUS036NH usb wifi adapter

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I got my Mint 19.3 box setup and I've run into a common problem. I would like to use my Alfa AWUS036NH usb wifi adapter (product page). Alfa has 2 linux drivers available. I'm unsure which one to pick from their download page: https://files.alfa.com.tw/?dir=%5B1%5D% ... 36NH/Linux. After installation, I updated everything. Still unsure how to install a proprietary driver. Can anyone point me towards a source of info to help me out? Should I wait for another kernel release? Thanks to all. I like Linux more and more everyday. :)
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Re: Proprietary driver install for Alfa AWUS036NH usb wifi adapter

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Hello Winston61,

your adapter should run "out of the box", because it is supported by the kernel driver rt2800usb. Have you tried it? If it doesn't work, maybe there is another chipset, so please can you post the output of the following terminal commands:

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inxi -Fxz

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lsusb

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Re: Proprietary driver install for Alfa AWUS036NH usb wifi adapter

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these are the responses I get from both commands. I might add that when I plug the device in it shuts off wifi, sometimes. It is also listed as a wifi connection and says it is unavailable. Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter is how it is identified. It seems it is supported, I don't how to make it active.




System:
Host: oem-Aspire-V5-122P Kernel: 5.3.0-26-generic x86_64 bits: 64
compiler: gcc v: 7.4.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.4.8
Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic
Machine: it
Type: Laptop System: Acer product: Aspire V5-122P v: V2.12
serial: <filter>
Mobo: Acer model: Aspire V5-122P v: V2.12 serial: <filter> UEFI: Insyde
v: 2.12 date: 01/20/2014
Battery:
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 25.9 Wh condition: 25.9/30.1 Wh (86%)
model: SANYO AC13C34 status: Full
Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 charge: 55%
status: Discharging
CPU:
Topology: Dual Core model: AMD A4-1250 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Jaguar rev: 1 L2 cache: 1024 KiB
flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
bogomips: 3992
Speed: 798 MHz min/max: 800/1000 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 798 2: 798
Graphics:
Device-1: AMD Kabini [Radeon HD 8210] vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI
driver: radeon v: kernel bus ID: 00:01.0
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.5 driver: ati,radeon
unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa resolution: 1366x768~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: AMD KABINI (DRM 2.50.0 5.3.0-26-generic LLVM 9.0.0)
v: 4.5 Mesa 19.2.1 direct render: Yes
Audio:
Device-1: AMD Kabini HDMI/DP Audio vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:01.1
Device-2: AMD FCH Azalia vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:14.2
Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.3.0-26-generic
Network:
Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: Foxconn driver: ath9k v: kernel port: 2100 bus ID: 01:00.0
IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Device-2: Ralink RT2870/RT3070 Wireless Adapter type: USB
driver: rt2800usb bus ID: 5-1:7
IF: wlx00c0ca97a954 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 465.76 GiB used: 21.33 GiB (4.6%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST500LT012-9WS142 size: 465.76 GiB
Partition:
ID-1: / size: 456.96 GiB used: 21.33 GiB (4.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 58.1 C mobo: N/A gpu: radeon temp: 58 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
Processes: 176 Uptime: 37m Memory: 9.18 GiB used: 1.15 GiB (12.5%)
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.4.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20
inxi: 3.0.32


lsusb
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 064e:e330 Suyin Corp.
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 003: ID 04f3:009e Elan Microelectronics Corp.
Bus 004 Device 004: ID 0489:e05f Foxconn / Hon Hai
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 046d:c52b Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 005 Device 007: ID 148f:3070 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT2870/RT3070 Wireless Adapter
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

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Re: Proprietary driver install for Alfa AWUS036NH usb wifi adapter

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Hello Winston61,
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter is how it is identified
The Qualcomm Atheros wifi card is your internal one. The following is the Alfa USB adapter with a Ralink Chipset:
Bus 005 Device 007: ID 148f:3070 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT2870/RT3070 Wireless Adapter
Do you have issues with your internal Qualcomm Atheros card, so that you want to use the Alfa USB adapter instead? Both are recognized in your output and for both the right drivers are listed, so I don't know 'til now, why you have problems with the Alfa Adapter. Do you have installed recently the 5.3.0-26 kernel and the problems occur since then or did you have them earlier with other kernel versions?

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Re: Proprietary driver install for Alfa AWUS036NH usb wifi adapter

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Linux oem-Aspire-V5-122P 5.3.0-26-generic #28~18.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Wed Dec 18 16:40:14 UTC 2019 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Above is the kernel for my machine.

The built in wifi adapter works just fine, but I did want the option to use the Alfa adapter for when I am away from home. It's claims are long range.

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Re: Proprietary driver install for Alfa AWUS036NH usb wifi adapter

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Hello Winston61,

I have asked for the 5.3.0-26 kernel, because many peoples have/had problems with video, wifi etc. So please try it with the previous kernel. You have to reboot, in the grub menu go to "Advanced Options" and choose the previous kernel to start (if you don't see the grub menu during boot, press the Shift or Esc key several times after the reboot starts). Back in Linux check, if the problem still exists. If yes, don't do anything, because with the next boot, the 5.3.0-26 kernel will be used again. If no, remove the mentioned kernel in the update manager > view > linux kernels. If it is offered again, right-click and choose to ignore that update (the first option).

If the problem still exist, can you try the adapter on another computer?

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Re: Proprietary driver install for Alfa AWUS036NH usb wifi adapter

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I will try that and post results. And thank you very much for your kind and patient help. I'm trying to gain more knowledge as I can.

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Re: Proprietary driver install for Alfa AWUS036NH usb wifi adapter

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My patience has run its course. I tried an older kernel, no dice. I reattached the device to my Win10 machine, no problems. I tried it on two other distros, no dice. It always shows up in the wifi selections, but I cannot get it to work. I've scoured the net for instructions, no dice. I'm giving up for know because I don't have the knowledge to get it going. All the instructions I google say something different. I think I will call the computer dept. of my local community college to find help. I know Windows has spoiled me for ease of use, but this is absurd. I did not know I had to have a Linux certificate just to get a bloody wifi adapter to work.
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Re: Proprietary driver install for Alfa AWUS036NH usb wifi adapter

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Maybe I'm just not a linux guy, I don't have the patience to scour mountains of info for what should be a simple task.

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