I do not know how to install the ASUS USB-AC51 wireless adapter. I am not very good with

  • Please follow the instructions for Wifi issue diagnosis and edit your question to include or link to the results. Nov 24, 2014 at 10:55
  • this adapter only works for kernels up to 2.6, i tried in vain to get it up and running on 14.04. asus needs to let customers know it onlly works on legacy os's.
    – user408026
    May 7, 2015 at 23:24
  • @duanestroh Does Asus have any documentation to this effect?
    – intuited
    Dec 10, 2015 at 23:29

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I struggled to make it work on modern distributions, but since Kernel 4.19 there is native support for mt7610u. Fedora 30 and Ubuntu 19.04 has this kernel version.

These distributions should work without any additional effort.

  • Just purchased one and it works out of the box without any configuring on Ubuntu 19.04
    – Managor
    Jun 9, 2019 at 17:04

There is a newer Linux driver for the underlying chipset "MT7610U USB" here: https://github.com/maage/mt7610u_wifi/tree/some_changes

This worked for me on Ubuntu 14.04.4, whereas the MediaTek drivers did not. The above is a fork of the MediaTek drivers which fixes the compilation errors and warnings.


Download the linux driver from here. The instructions are included in the zip folder and following them will install the driver. Reboot the system after installation to get your USB adapter working.

You can also refer to the user manual which you can download from here.


I bought this adapter yesterday, and at first it seemed like nothing helps to make it work.

Luckily, I found this: TP-Link AC600 driver on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS x64

P.S. It is a guide for TP-Link's driver, but it seems to do the trick for ASUS USB-AC51.

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  • Oh sorry, I will be more careful in the future with that :)
    – Moyote
    Jan 18, 2017 at 5:28

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