Running Ubuntu 16.04, the WiFi adapter (a Dlink dwa-182 ac1200) is usually plug and play on Windows 10 (though it also has drivers) but since I switched to Ubuntu, it is not responding and I can't seem to be able to install the drivers.

I have never used Linux before. What do I have to do to install the drivers or otherwise get it working?

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    Please edit your question and add output of lsusb terminal command. – Pilot6 Jun 10 '17 at 17:04

Discussion in Xenial 16.04: D-Link DWA-182 [aka "Wireless AC1200 Dual Band USB Adapter"] issues The answer suggested "Software & Updates -> Additional Drivers" update, that did not work for me.

What did work on 16.04 was to bring on the USB stick the directory with the driver code from https://github.com/abperiasamy/rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux Then "sudo make; make install" followed by a reboot. Was already running without "Secure" BIOS

If you already have connectivity, like through a wired link, the driver in the official Xenial repo.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rtl8812au-dkms

After the commands are computed and completed, do "plug out - plug in" your Dlink DWA-182. Then check in the settings in wifi section and wait for a second tab to appear. Tabs can be seen in the image.

tabs can be seen in the image


I have the same USB wireless card. Running 18.04. No success with the above, but I had no trouble getting the card to work using the official D-Link linux driver. You can find the driver here:


Be sure you confirm that you have the right product and hardware release code.

After downloading the .zip file from D-link, I simply ran the install.sh script that D-link included, restarted and everything is up and running.

To run the script, extract the files from D-link, and find the intall.sh script. Then in terminal navigate to the folder containing the script, then:

sudo chmod +x install.sh
sudo ./install.sh

This is also helpful if the machine doesn't have a current internet connection (not unlikely since you've just bought a usb wifi card) since you can load the D-link files on a usb stick or whatever.

Hope that helps!


Setup Wireless USB dlink dwa-182 On Ubuntu Desktop 16.04 thru 20.04

Make sure USB wireless device not inserted

  1. Update the system:
    sudo apt update

  2. Install required packages:
    sudo apt install git && build-essential

  3. Download the driver:
    sudo git clone https://github.com/gnab/rtl8812au

  4. Go to the directory:
    cd rtl8812au

  5. Do the next commands consecutively:
    sudo make clean
    sudo make
    sudo make uninstall
    sudo make install

Reboot and insert USB wireless stick

-Persists reboots
-Works with dlink dwa-182 and linksys WUSB6300

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