I have moved house and in my new house my desk, with the computer, is isolated and cannot get the cable fron the router though there is not a big distance, probably 10 meters.

So I dusted off an old dongle I bought for my laptop some time ago, I connected to a free usb 2.0 and everything went smooth I was connected to my wifi in no time, but the max I could get was 5.7 mbps Download and 7.7 upload, this with a 100 mb connection.

I tried a series of ways to get that improved with no success, so finally I decided to buy something to get this improved, first I bought a repeater, but the improve, if any, was neglectable,finally checking in different places I decided to buy a new dongle in Amazon. A wifi adaptor ac1200 with Realtek 8812Au.

It wasn't easy to make it work, my knowledge of Ubuntu is not up to a pro, but finally, following the explanations from a web site (the disk that accompanied the adapter was ALL in chinese!!):

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential git
git clone https://github.com/abperiasamy/rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux.git
cd rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux
sudo make install
sudo modprobe rtl8812au

It started working right away giving me almost 100 mb, so I was super happy.

After 3 weeks, the adapter didn't start. I have to say the adapter must be connected to a usb 3 and as soon as it is connected there is alight that comes on, well this time not even the light was coming on.

I tried different things:

  • Change the cable to another usb 3 socket, NO SUCCESS
  • Change the usb 3 cable, NO SUCCESS
  • Connect a external drive to the same socket with the same cable,the hdd was working
  • Re-start the computer and try everything again, the same results as before.

So finally I thought that the adapter just had died, as I was still in 30 days Amazon gives you to return the goods, I returned it and, after thinking for a couple of days, I decided to buy it again.

It arrived yesterday, this time the software in the disk was in English, but I thought it would work because the driver was installed, so I plugged it in and ....Oh, surprise!! the light didn't come on, so it doesn't work. I have been reading about this driver and installation in ubuntu this last 48 hours, but most of the places explain what I already did and, to be honest, many of then explain things I don't understand and I am afraid that if it doesn't work I will not be able to undo what I did.

Probably I should delete the driver and do everything again, but I don't know how to do it, or even if that will work.

Any help will be welcome and please, think that I am not a pro with Ubuntu, so make it easy to understand.

Right know I came back to my old dongle with 5.7 mbps right now and if I do a "lsusb" this is what I get:

juan@juan-desktop:~/rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 148f:7601 Ralink Technology, Corp. MT7601U Wireless Adapter
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 145f:013f Trust Megapixel Auto Focus Webcam
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 058f:6362 Alcor Micro Corp. Flash Card Reader/Writer
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 062a:0102 Creative Labs Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo [MK1152WC]
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 006 Device 004: ID 0bda:b812 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. 
Bus 006 Device 002: ID 2109:3431 VIA Labs, Inc. Hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
I am running Ubuntu 16.04 with kernel:
juan@juan-desktop:~/rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux$ uname -r

The file in the small cd with the adapter has a zip file called:


Thank you in advance for your help.

  • 1
    You need to reinstall the drivers whenever there's a kernel update.
    – user692175
    Mar 22, 2018 at 21:58
  • do I have to uninstall the "old driver"?
    – Icue
    Mar 22, 2018 at 22:00
  • 3
    In fact, your 0bda:b812 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. is an rtl8822bu device, not rtl8812au. I suggest that you edit your question title and try to compile the driver on the CD. If it fails, we'll be happy to assist. Welcome to Ask Ubuntu.
    – chili555
    Mar 22, 2018 at 22:02
  • I copied the content of the cd onto my personal folder and opened a terminal in the "Driver" folder, make make ARCH=x86_64 CROSS_COMPILE= -C /lib/modules/4.13.0-37-generic/build M=/home/juan/RTL88x2BU_WiFi_linux_v5.2.4.1_22719_COEX20170518-4444.20170613.20170427_TV_ANDROID_6.x_COEX_8822BS-C4242_8822BU-C4242(r1)/RTL88x2BU_WiFi_linux_v5.2.4.1_22719_COEX20170518-4444.20170613/driver/rtl88x2BU_WiFi_linux_v5.2.4.1_22719.20170613_COEX20170518-4444 modules /bin/sh: 1: Syntax error: "(" unexpected Makefile:1794: fallo en las instrucciones para el objetivo 'modules' make: *** [modules] Error 2
    – Icue
    Mar 22, 2018 at 23:51
  • chili555 - Sorry, I have been away for a few days, but still fighting with the adapter to make it work. I have updated the kernel to 4.16.1, and still the same. Tried with kernel 4.13, but no way. I am desperated to make it work.
    – Icue
    Apr 13, 2018 at 10:23

4 Answers 4


Randy Ciwyll’s repository has the solution that worked for my system (Linux Mint 18.3 Kernel 4.10). As chili555 guessed, my device is the rtl8822bu. And yes, I have found that I need to reinstall the driver every time I get an applicable update.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install dkms bc git
git clone https://github.com/cilynx/rtl88x2BU_WiFi_linux_v5.3.1_27678.20180430_COEX20180427-5959
sudo dkms add ./rtl88x2BU_WiFi_linux_v5.3.1_27678.20180430_COEX20180427-5959
sudo dkms install -m rtl88x2bu -v 5.3.1
sudo modprobe 88x2bu
  • 1
    can you explain the solution by editing your answer (detailled what works in your link) and NB : we are Ubuntu, not Mint ;)
    – damadam
    Aug 21, 2018 at 13:29
  • 1
    Thanks! This worked to me for Ubuntu 18
    – Sposmen
    Oct 12, 2018 at 1:31
  • Works after Hibernation under Mint 19.2! Anyway to use DKMS to auto configure every kernel update?
    – fleamour
    Sep 8, 2019 at 16:14
  • 1
    Also survives kernel updates!!!
    – fleamour
    Sep 22, 2019 at 16:46
  • 1
    For Ubuntu 19.10 (5.3.0 kernel), I had to use the newer github.com/cilynx/rtl88x2bu as these instructions were failing. Hope that helps someone!
    – declension
    Oct 27, 2019 at 20:19

First, install the dependencies:

sudo apt update
sudo apt dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential dkms git

Next, git clone and install the driver:

sudo git clone "https://github.com/RinCat/RTL88x2BU-Linux-Driver.git" /usr/src/rtl88x2bu-git
sudo sed -i 's/PACKAGE_VERSION="@PKGVER@"/PACKAGE_VERSION="git"/g' /usr/src/rtl88x2bu-git/dkms.conf
sudo dkms add -m rtl88x2bu -v git
sudo dkms autoinstall

Save any unsaved work and then reboot.

After you log back in, run the following command if it shows "no wifi adapter found".

sudo modprobe 88x2bu
  • 1
    According to the github page, you probably have to use a USB 2.0 port. See here for more information..
    – mchid
    Aug 30, 2021 at 3:15
  • This worked for me. I have Ubuntu Studio 21.04, I had upgraded my internet speed from 50Mb/sec to 100Mb/sec but was only getting 25Mb/sec on my old wireless as it has an old USB wifi adaptor. So I purchased a Simplecom NW621 AC 200 wifi Adaptor with a 5dBi antenna, which should support 5/2.4 GHz dual band. The wifi adaptor came with linux (and windows and Mac) drivers, but the linux driver installation failed and gave errors. I tried @mchid's answer and everything worked perfectly. A speedtest shows a wifi speed close to 100Mb/sec. Sep 8, 2021 at 0:00
  • 1
    @StuartAnderson And because the installation uses DKMS, the drivers should automatically update whenever a new kernel is installed so it saves a lot of time and headache in the future.
    – mchid
    Sep 10, 2021 at 7:05
  • @mchid git clone says : fatal: could not create work tree dir '/usr/src/rtl88x2bu-git': Permission denied. I guess a sudo is needed in front of your git clone command for it to be able to write into /usr/src/.
    – SebMa
    Feb 1, 2022 at 8:41
  • 1
    @RxT It should be something like sudo dkms remove <module name>/<module version> --all so sudo dkms remove rtl88x2bu/git --all or sudo dkms remove -m rtl88x2bu -v git --all to uninstall the dkms module for all kernels that the module is installed on for your system.
    – mchid
    Dec 7, 2022 at 10:41


Current Driver Version: Support Kernel: 2.6.24 ~ 5.8 (with unofficial patches) in this case xanmod 5.8.11

  1. Clone or Download: https://github.com/RinCat/RTL88x2BU-Linux-Driver.git

  2. Navigate to the downloaded Directory (RTL88x2BU-Linux-Driver) & open in terminal

  3. Compile (build), install & run: with the directory open in terminal, type:

    make (to compile the installer) sudo make install (to install it) sudo modprobe 88x2bu (to start the driver)

Supported Devices

Dlink - DWA-181
Dlink - DWA-182
Edimax EW-7822ULC
Edimax EW-7822UTC
NetGear A6150
TP-Link Archer T3U
TP-Link Archer T3U Plus
TP-Link Archer T4U V3
Techkey AC 1200Mbps dual Antenna

And more.

more answers on the .git page.


You could remove your current module with:

sudo rmmod rtl8812au

And then install the provided in the repository:

sudo apt-get install rtl8812au-dkms
  • How is rtl8812au-dkms related?
    – Pilot6
    Apr 27, 2020 at 15:04

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