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Old 07-08-2019, 12:12 AM   #1
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Just starting in linux from windows 10. Have a tails USB version I'm running on my PC. Tails won't recognize or start using my A6100 Netgear

Netgear A6100 USB wifi adapter isn't being recognized by the network. No WiFi seen in settings. How do I install a driver? What commands do I use? Thanks in advance!
Old 07-08-2019, 03:14 AM   #2
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A quick search (Linux Tails Netgear A6100 USB) found this:
Hope it helps.

Edit/add: otherwise Tails might still use Ndiswrapper?
  1. If not installed already, install ndisgtk and*ndiswrapper-utils from the repos.
  2. Click Start menu > System > Windows Wireless Drivers.Click on the Install New Driver button.
  3. Navigate to the folder where you stored the downloaded driver folder.
  4. Highlight the *.inf file, and click OK.

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A superficial internet search indicates that this device, or any device based on Realtek's 8812AU chip, is not supported by Linux. A driver exists, but it looks like you would have to compile it.

The device wiki provides a source for the driver software, but no instructions. I did find a few web pages that provide instructions, in particular for Ubuntu. Tails is Debian plus some additional software; perhaps you can also find Debian instructions, but since Ubuntu is based on Debian, Ubuntu instructions should be a good start. For example, this:

Not ideal for a Linux newbie, though. My recommendation: Invest 40 dollars or so and purchase a Linux-compatible WiFi dongle. E.g. (result from another superficial search).

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This may help:

A suitable Linux-compatible wifi adapter should be available cheaply either new or used.

One example:


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