D-Link DWA-181A1 USB Wireless NIC

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geekymalcolm
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D-Link DWA-181A1 USB Wireless NIC

Post by geekymalcolm » Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:21 am

Hello All:

I'm running (well was running) Mint Linux on a Toshiba Tecra R840 with an older Wi-Fi card in it. I went out last night & bought a D-Link AC1300 USB Wi-Fi card, model DWA-181A1. I couldn't seem to get it install but being something of a newb to Linux, assumed the issue was me. But some further reading led me to think maybe the chipset isn't supported.

Has anyone been able to get this USB Wi-Fi card to work or am I stuck running Windows 10 on the laptop?

Thx!

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Re: D-Link DWA-181A1 USB Wireless NIC

Post by HAWR » Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:57 pm

Hello geekymalcolm,

information for your new wifi card are rarely found. I only found this website with little informations:

https://wikidevi.com/wiki/D-Link_DWA-181_rev_A1

Can you open the terminal with the new USB card plugged-in and run

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lsusb
and show the output here. What is the problem with your older card, that you have bought a new USB one? If you want, you can show the output of

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inxi -Fxz
so that we can see among other things the information of that older card.

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Re: D-Link DWA-181A1 USB Wireless NIC

Post by geekymalcolm » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:52 am

Output from lsusb

gm@XXX:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 0cf3:3005 Atheros Communications, Inc. AR3011 Bluetooth
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 2001:331e D-Link Corp.
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 04f2:b1d6 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd CNF9055 Toshiba Webcam
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 046d:c03d Logitech, Inc. M-BT96a Pilot Optical Mouse
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 08ff:168b AuthenTec, Inc.
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

On-board NIC won't support 5GHz.

gm@XXX:~$ inxi -Fxz
System: Host: BURN03 Kernel: 4.15.0-54-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 7.4.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.2.4
Distro: Linux Mint 19.2 Tina base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic
Machine: Type: Laptop System: TOSHIBA product: TECRA R840 v: PT42FC-017003 serial: <filter>
Mobo: TOSHIBA model: Portable PC v: Version A0 serial: <filter> BIOS: TOSHIBA v: Version 4.10 date: 01/08/2013
Battery: ID-1: BAT1 charge: 51.9 Wh condition: 51.9/65.7 Wh (79%) model: G71C000BE710 status: Full
CPU: Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5-2520M bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Sandy Bridge rev: 7 L2 cache: 3072 KiB
flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 19954
Speed: 1297 MHz min/max: 800/3200 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1338 2: 798 3: 799 4: 798
Graphics: Device-1: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics vendor: Toshiba America Info Systems
driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa resolution: 1366x768~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Mobile v: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.8 direct render: Yes
Audio: Device-1: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio vendor: Toshiba America Info Systems
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0
Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.15.0-54-generic
Network: Device-1: Intel 82579V Gigabit Network vendor: Toshiba America Info Systems driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: 3060
bus ID: 00:19.0
IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter vendor: Lite-On driver: ath9k v: kernel port: 3040
bus ID: 04:00.0
IF: wlp4s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Device-3: Atheros AR3011 Bluetooth type: USB driver: btusb bus ID: 2-1.6:4
Drives: Local Storage: total: 235.94 GiB used: 13.62 GiB (5.8%)
ID-1: /dev/mmcblk0 model: 5MKJR size: 116.70 GiB
ID-2: /dev/sda vendor: Toshiba model: THNSNC128GMLJ size: 119.24 GiB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 115.22 GiB used: 6.69 GiB (5.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-1
ID-2: /boot size: 703.5 MiB used: 150.3 MiB (21.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
ID-3: swap-1 size: 979.5 MiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-3
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 58.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info: Processes: 227 Uptime: 2h 43m Memory: 15.57 GiB used: 1.23 GiB (7.9%) Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers:
gcc: 7.4.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20 inxi: 3.0.32

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Re: D-Link DWA-181A1 USB Wireless NIC

Post by HAWR » Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:45 pm

Hello geekymalcolm,

I've have searched in databases for the ID 2001:331e but have nothing found (the 2001 indicates it is D-Link, but nowhere the 331e is listed). So I think, there are two possibilitys:

1. In the wikidevi-link above there is mentioned a possible realtek driver RTL8812BU, but the author wrote, he knows no driver for your device. You can try, if RTL8812BU works and that would be fine. Here is a how-to to install the driver:

https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php ... st13776566

2. Maybe you can bring/give the D-Link adapter back or exchange it for another one. I'm not really firm with USB wifi adapters, because I never needed one until now. I know, that here in the forums are threads, where functionial wifi adapters are recommended, but unfortunately I don't find them now. But there is the question, why you need one, because your Atheros card is up (seems to work). So, what are the reason to go for a new USB adapter?

Ah, a hidden message:
On-board NIC won't support 5GHz.
then I know your reason :)

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