I've noticed a lot of people having similar issues with finding a driver for NETGEAR A6100 AC600 WiFi Adapter.

I've been struggling with a lot of the threads and drivers posted on github. Many of the ones listed are referencing a rtl8812au driver while I believe my particular one is a rtl8811au.

I ran the wireless info script that is floating around and these are my results https://pastebin.ubuntu.com/p/XDnGNYcKPT/

I did get this driver to make and install but it doesn't seem to do anything. https://github.com/diederikdehaas/rtl8812AU I still don't have any wireless connections popping up.

Any help on this matter would be much appreciated..


The driver you compiled doesn't cover your device at all. You can confirm it with:

modinfo 8812au | grep 9052

Where '9052' is the last part of your usb.id:

ID 0846:9052 NetGear, Inc. A6100 AC600 DB Wireless Adapter [Realtek RTL8811AU]

The command will come back blank.

Let's remove it. In the terminal, navigate to the location of the file you downloaded, for an example, Downloads:

cd ~/Downloads/rtl8812AU
sudo make uninstall
cd ..
rm -rf rtl8812AU

Now let's download a better file:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install git
git clone https://github.com/abperiasamy/rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux.git
cd rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux
sudo make install


modinfo rtl8812au.ko | grep 9052

The terminal should return your device ID:

alias:          usb:v0846p9052d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*in*

Reboot and you should be all set.

  • I'm finding that I get about half the download speeds compared to the ones I get on a old laptop in the same room. Any advice on why it might be running super slow? – noviceuser Apr 23 '18 at 11:46
  • Your download speed question should be the subject of a new post. If my answer above has been helpful, please accept it: askubuntu.com/tour – chili555 Apr 23 '18 at 13:10
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    The driver does not start when i restart....I am using Ubuntu 16.04 – flexxxit Oct 16 '18 at 9:14
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    I had to disable secure boot...and now it works on restart – flexxxit Oct 16 '18 at 10:19

The git repo recommended here doesn't seem to work with Linux kernel version >= 5.0, so this install uses a similar repo that has been updated for newer kernels. (Check your kernel version if you don't know with uname -r.) In fact, following the above guide was probably the cause of the otherwise inexplicable total system freezes I experienced. The following install procedure uses dkms (sudo apt-get install dkms), but, as the README explains (https://github.com/gnab/rtl8812au), you can also set up this driver similar to the above. Anyway, here's the install using dkms:

git clone https://github.com/gnab/rtl8812au.git
sudo dkms add ./rtl8812au
sudo dkms build 8812au/4.2.3
sudo dkms install 8812au/4.2.3

Check with: sudo dkms status

Automatically load at boot with: echo 8812au | sudo tee -a /etc/modules.

Adapted from: https://www.learningpenguin.net/2018/01/30/install-realtek-rtl8812au-wifi-driver-linux/ and the README of the repo.

  • This worked for me on Kali Linux 2019.4. Thank you so much! – Kale Muscarella Apr 7 '20 at 7:51
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    As of June 2020 I had to change 4.2.3 to 4.2.2 – Organic Marble Jun 23 '20 at 17:40
  • July 2020 - Works on Pop_OS! 20.04(Kernel 5.4.0-7634-generic) – Kuberchaun Jul 20 '20 at 14:42
  • Thanks, that was really helpful – fi11222 Sep 18 '20 at 11:08

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