I built my first Linux machine (Ubuntu 16.04), completely green to bash/terminal, and I'm trying to get a Netgear AC600 dongle to function. What was initially happening was the driver from Netgear (rtl8812au) only supported up to kernel 4.10.x, so when I sudo apt-get upgrade-dist it update the kernel from to 4.13.x and rendered in non-functional. Now someone linked me to a repository with a more updated version of that driver and the following instructions:

$ sudo apt install build-essential git dkms
$ git clone https://github.com/gnab/rtl8812au.git
$ cd rt8812au
$ make
$ sudo cp -r rtl8812au /usr/src/8812au-4.2.2
$ sudo dkms add -m 8812au -v 4.2.2
$ sudo dkms build -m 8812au -v 4.2.2
$ sudo dkms install -m 8812au -v 4.2.2

Everything appears to have installed without errors. When I run

$ sudo dkms status

I get

8812au, 4.2.2, 4.13.0-32-generic, x86_64: installed

I've since rebooted and I still don't have wireless access and I'm pretty much back to square one. I'm not even convinced it's a driver issue anymore, please help!

  • Check if the module is loaded with lsmod | grep 8812au. If not, you may need to load the module with sudo modprobe -v 8812au. – mikewhatever Feb 18 '18 at 21:46
  • Thanks for replying It looks like it's there. It returns: **8812au** 991232 0 I ran the modprobe just for grins and it doesn't look like anything happened. Nothing output to the terminal to indicate any change and there's no wifi connection. – sonicthewhackjob Feb 18 '18 at 23:26
  • In this case, you need to provide more info for troubleshooting: askubuntu.com/questions/425155/… – mikewhatever Feb 18 '18 at 23:31
  • Is it safe to share the entire output of the file publicly? I see my mac address and ip address in here and I'm concerned with the security of it. Am I being crazy? – sonicthewhackjob Feb 18 '18 at 23:54
  • Reduct both, if you want, and whatever else you think is confidential. As long as we have the logs, it's ok, I hope. – mikewhatever Feb 19 '18 at 15:47

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