Trouble installing drivers for alfa awus036ach

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Trouble installing drivers for alfa awus036ach

Post by gnu2euoo » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:01 am

Hello! I taking my first steps into linux as well as this forum, so please bear with me if I am coming off as ignorant.
I am on Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia, with the Cinnamon Desktop.

So, I have just purchased an alfa awus036ach wireless adapter off of amazon. I first attempted to install the drivers for it using

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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms
I then ran iwconfig and did not see any indication that the adapter was being detected. When I ran lsusb, the adapter was listed.

I spent some time searching onlne, but most of the questions surrounded kali linux. I plan on using the adapter in kali through virtualbox(I'm taking an introductory pen testing course), but I am assuming I need my main system to recognize the device before I go any further.

The Driver CD which came with the adapter does not work as the instructions claim either, so now I turn to the community! Any suggestions or support would be greatly appreciated. Thank you :D

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Re: Trouble iinstalling drivers for alfa awus036ach

Post by Hoser Rob » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:20 am

I wouldn't expect that the CD that came with the adapter would have Linux drivers so no surprise they don't work.

You're going to have to post better system info ... copy/paste this to the terminal and copy/paste the text output here ... always do this with support questions ...

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inxi -Fxz

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Re: Trouble installing drivers for alfa awus036ach

Post by gnu2euoo » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:39 pm

Hi, thank you for the swift response.

I ran

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inxi -Fxz
as suggeseted. This is the output:

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System:    Host: charfer-3570R-370R-470R-450R-510R Kernel: 4.10.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.6 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
           Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine:   System: SAMSUNG product: 3570R/370R/470R/450R/510R v: P07RAN
           Mobo: SAMSUNG model: NP510R5E-A01UB v: SEC_SW__1234567890ABCD
           Bios: American Megatrends v: P07RAN.106.130314.ZW date: 03/14/2013
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-3230M (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 10376
           clock speeds: max: 3200 MHz 1: 1300 MHz 2: 1214 MHz 3: 1222 MHz
           4: 1231 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
           bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@59.98hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.7 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-38-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235
           driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 01:00.0
           IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: e000 bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 750.2GB (9.3% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HTS54757 size: 750.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 682G used: 60G (10%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 6.32GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-0
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 43.0C mobo: 43.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 234 Uptime: 1 min Memory: 863.4/5851.5MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35
Under network I noticed Card-2 was a realtek card, maybe I have to remove these drivers in order to install the drivers for the alfa awus036ach?

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Re: Trouble installing drivers for alfa awus036ach

Post by gnu2euoo » Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:12 pm

I am realizing I may have put this in the wrong thread. Networking seems a better home; is there a way to move a topic?

Also, I have yet to solve this issue. I have been searching the web. There are solutions, but they tend to be for Ubuntu or Kali. Most of them are command line oriented and out of my comfort zone. Could anyone suggest another place to ask for help with this issue?


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