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[SOLVED] Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:56 am
by ImNotGivingUp
okay, so here we go.... used dell optiplex750, 3G processor, 4G ram, but no onboard wireless. I decided to try mint again, since I enjoyed it on ver.12 but since I live in the boonies, all I could try was gnomeppp for *gasp* dial-up! Needless to say, I had little success. At my age and level of knowledge, I basically need 2 things. pictures and videos for the wife and me, and internet. I had to backpedal to mint17 to get the codecs preinstalled. (remember...offline machine) 18.2 worked fine, but..... if we can't watch cartoons or movies while I figure out the wireless problem....well dang! :)

My question is this...I purchased an asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to try to get this machine online so I can get/use the few programs we need. I read some reviews and tutorials sites that recommended this dongle. plug and it works, they say. For me? not so much. It sure is hard to install anything without the darn thing being online, huh? btw, the mini-cd that came with the asus does NOT include any linux drivers, install files, etc. The next possibility involves my asking my son to pick up the dongle from BB and finding out it had been previously opened and the extension cable and cradle were missing.... I hate stores that do that, put opened returns back on the shelf. Knowing MY luck, the product WOULD work just fine, if I didn't have one that was returned after the house got hit by a lightning strike.... should I maybe try a tested and true PCI card? I have 2 slots open.

Re: .....and, they're off!

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:06 am
by minitux
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Re: .....and, they're off!

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:10 am
by JerryF
I have a Belkin N300 Wireless USB Adapter (Model: F9L1002v1) that has never failed me---from Mint 17.1 to 18.2. It installs without being online.

Re: .....and, they're off!

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:18 am
by ImNotGivingUp
good point, thank you. Perhaps some kind moderator could change the title to: asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter question or something?
->Jerry Thanks, that too is another model ppl said would p&p. I plugged this in, and....*nothing* happens. I rebooted with the dongle inserted, and....*nothing* happens. Maybe I need to trade it for a pci card that Rebecca likes? lol I use my phone for a hotspot, so I'm not that concerned about signal strength, etc. I just need it to be online.

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:48 am
by ImNotGivingUp
Many thanks to the moderator for changing the title.

Is anyone actually using one of these? If so, does it hurt when the obvious answer smacks you in the face?

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:52 am
by prestonR
I plugged this in, and....*nothing* happens. I rebooted with the dongle inserted, and....*nothing* happens
Might be a long shot and you're possibly aware of this already but usb ports often share a common power supply. That means that if an individual device uses a lot, and wifi adapters do, while eg there is a wireless mouse or an external drive plugged into another port it may cause one of the devices to malfunction. To check unplug all other usb devices apart from the wifi adapter.

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:53 am
by JeremyB
Open terminal and enter

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lsusb
Post results

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:05 am
by ImNotGivingUp
did not know about the usb voltage problem. moved keys and mouse to the front 2 ports, plugged in usb on back ports....nothing. leave it there and reboot perhaps? or is it dead?

-> Jeremy, thanks. when I do that I get command not found or syntax error. not sure what to type EXACTLY, evidently. lol

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:23 am
by Hoser Rob
ImNotGivingUp wrote:.... I read some reviews and tutorials sites that recommended this dongle. plug and it works, they say. For me? not so much. ....
Which reviews? There's a lot of info on the web that's out of date.

There's very little backwards compatibility in Linux. Solutions for older point releases (or newer) aren't reliable so you need to be sure that what you do is for yours. For Mint 18.x it's ubuntu 16.04, for mint 17.x it's ubuntu 14.04.

Much info/blogs/tutorials are crap as well. easylinuxtipsproject by one of the more common posters here is good. I've actually got the vast majority of my support info from askubuntu.com and ubuntuforums.org. Askubuntu is user ranked which makes it possibly the most useful.

If you read something that doesn't say which release it's for that's a good reason to avoid that site in the future IMO.

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:30 am
by JerryF
ImNotGivingUp wrote:did not know about the usb voltage problem. moved keys and mouse to the front 2 ports, plugged in usb on back ports....nothing. leave it there and reboot perhaps? or is it dead?

-> Jeremy, thanks. when I do that I get command not found or syntax error. not sure what to type EXACTLY, evidently. lol
Copy the command and paste it into Terminal.

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:48 am
by ImNotGivingUp
Kinda confused... I'm not on that machine. This is a windows machine next to the mint I want to use. Copy/paste may not work.

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:54 am
by JerryF
ImNotGivingUp wrote:Kinda confused... I'm not on that machine. This is a windows machine next to the mint I want to use. Copy/paste may not work.
I thought you might have been on the Mint machine.

The command is LSUSB but in small letters. Try again in Terminal.

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:05 pm
by ImNotGivingUp
*sigh* I hate being a newbie again. I haven't typed this much since DOS...lol Okay, that worked, and the ASUS seems to be seen, bus 002, device 004. eight empty, 2 with the mouse and keys. this is good, yes? Now... how do I turn the darn thing ON!? :)

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:18 pm
by JerryF
Wait for JeremyB's response because he's the one who asked for the command to be run and he's excellent at wireless problems.

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:29 pm
by ImNotGivingUp
Darn glasses. Sorry Jerry, I guess I just saw the J and thought it was the same person. but hey, any and all help is always appreciated! :) I'm guessing the good news is the machine SEES it, so it's not "dead". *yay!*

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:19 pm
by ImNotGivingUp
Hmm, perhaps he got called away? Anyone else know how to turn it on?

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:45 pm
by JeremyB
Post results from terminal for LSUSB in small letters, I imagine you entered 1susb rather than lsusb and got the command not found

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:59 pm
by ImNotGivingUp
Bus 002 device 004: ID 0b05:184c ASUStek computer Inc.

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:09 pm
by JeremyB
Download https://github.com/jeremyb31/rtl8822bu/ ... master.zip and copy it to the Linux Mint desktop. Then right click the file and choose extract here
Then in terminal

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cd Desktop/rtl8822bu-master

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make

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sudo make install
Reboot

Re: Getting an Asus usb ac53-nano wireless adapter to work

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:53 pm
by ImNotGivingUp
Do I type ALL this in?

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cd Desktop/rtl8822bu-master

or just
cd Desktop/rtl8822bu-master

No such file or directory is response. Or bash: syntax error near unexpected token 'cd'

I don't think it likes me.