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Linux support for RTL8188RU based products

Compatibility information

Chipset VID&PID 0bda:817f
Related products AWUS036NHR, AWUS036NHRv2, U24N
Linux Hardware https://linux-hardware.org/index.php?id=usb:0bda-817f

Support status:

Kali 2021.2 Works out-of-the-box
Kali 2020.4 Works out-of-the-box
Ubuntu 20.10 Works out-of-the-box
Ubuntu 20.04 Works out-of-the-box
Debian 10.7.0 Works
Raspberry Pi OS (32-bit) Works out-of-the-box

Drivers

Linux kernel mainline

LKDDb https://cateee.net/lkddb/web-lkddb/RTL8XXXU.html
Support kernel versions >= 3.1
Linux Wireless Wiki https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/users/drivers/rtl819x

Driver installation

Kali

The device is plug and play, needn't do anything.

Ubuntu

The device is plug and play, needn't do anything.

Debian

step 1: Add non-free APT source

Append following configuration to the file /etc/apt/sources.list or a file under /etc/apt/sources.list.d/

deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster non-free

Note

Replace buster to your system's code name

step 2: Run commands to install firmware

sudo apt update
sudo apt install firmware-realtek

Raspberry Pi OS

The device is plug and play, needn't do anything.

References

  • https://blog.alfa.com.tw/2011/08/19/alfa-awus036nhr-backtrack5-installation-guide/