Operating System: Lubuntu 14.10
My laptop’s internal wireless adapter decided to start acting up a few weeks ago. I tried to deal with it but the frequent disconnections were affecting my ability to work efficiently. I needed an external wireless card but I wanted the smallest possible one that I could find.
I picked one up at my local Walmart for about $34. This thing is very small and fits extra snugly into the USB port. So snug that it makes me think I’m going to pull the case off of it when removing it from the port. It’s pretty solid though. I don’t intend on ever removing it so it’s fine with me.
I run Lubuntu on my main laptop. It’s a very fast OS without a lot of bells and whistles. What it lacks in special effects it makes up for in speed.
When I plugged in the Mini Adapter nothing happened. It wasn’t showing up on the wireless monitor at all. The instructions I found on Google were easy to follow and worked right away with no problems so I wanted to share them here.
Start by plugging in the adapter.
Open a terminal and run:
sudo apt-get install –reinstall linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential
After it finishes, go to a system that has an internet connection and navigate to the following Github page:
Download the repo from the button labeled “Download ZIP” on the right-hand side of the page. Copy the file to the system that the Mini Adapter is located.
Unzip the file you downloaded then cd to the folder it creates.
Run the following commands:
sudo make install
sudo modprobe 8812au
After everything completes, unplug then replug your USB card.
That’s all! Now you can connect to your network.
I’ve been running this adapter for a few days and it works perfectly. It’s easily 5x-10x faster than my laptop’s failing built in wireless card. There were some areas of my house I couldn’t get a connection before but now it’s fast no matter where I am.
Thank you to the people that took the time to figure this out and share it with the community!
Contributor name: Hadaka