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Old 09-22-2019, 07:55 PM   #1
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Post How to compile device drivers for usb wireless internet adaptor TP-LINK ARCHER T9UH


Hello, sorry if this is a very easily answerable question, but I cant seem to find a solid definitive answer on this subject.

I got the TP-LINK ARCHER T9UH for my dell laptop so I could connect to wireless, however, I need to compile the drivers manually. How would I do that exactly? I downloaded the drivers from their website (Here: (https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/d...d/archer-t9uh/)) and unzipped it in a directory I made to isolate it. This is where I get conflicting answers, some say I have to compile a new kernel, some say I need to just type the make command (I tried that but I got an error stating that the file or directory doesn't exist).

Again, sorry if this is a really stupid question, but I've never really done manual compilation for device drivers before and I would like to get a concrete answer before I try something. Thanks for any answers!

SOLVED:
Follow the steps in post number #16 word for word and dont install any other driver. Worked perfectly fine after I did that. Also make sure to install the kernel provided in post #7.

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Old 09-22-2019, 08:12 PM   #2
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the install instructions seem straight forward
https://static.tp-link.com/2018/2018...or%20Linux.pdf

which bit are you having problems with?
 
Old 09-22-2019, 08:27 PM   #3
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the tp-link driver support only as the big kernel 4.4.x

you can try and test this other

RTL8812AU/21AU and RTL8814AU drivers

https://github.com/aircrack-ng/rtl8812au/tree/v5.6.4.1

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Old 09-22-2019, 08:48 PM   #4
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ahh, ok

they are for 4.4.x kernel
I didn't even look at the src

yeah, make fails quickly
I could try to make them compile but I have no way to test


longshot

try
Code:
modprobe rtl8xxxu

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Old 09-22-2019, 08:53 PM   #5
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I don't use that fork, but can confirm the T9UH works fine with latest kernels. Presumes you have all the appropriate build tools and the current source .
Those instructions might be deemed less than clear for some-one not used to compiling drivers.
 
Old 09-22-2019, 09:35 PM   #6
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I don't use that fork, but can confirm the T9UH works fine with latest kernels. Presumes you have all the appropriate build tools and the current source .
Those instructions might be deemed less than clear for some-one not used to compiling drivers.
And ... you know that model have v1 / v2 ... with different chipsets ?
Ha ?

v1 can works but v2 not ..cause chipset changed by manufacturer.

v2 use a RTL8814AU chip , not supported for now natively from some kernel .. then need build extra driver for this v2.
 
Old 09-22-2019, 10:41 PM   #7
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that aircrack-ng one compiles fine with kernel-source-4.19.75-noarch-1

assumes you have sudo setup for your user, if not just get root and drop the sudo from the command


looking back at your OP I noticed error about missing file/dir
you might not have kernel sources installed

check your blacklist and comment out kernel-source
then
Code:
sudo slackpkg install kernel-source
make a sources dir somewhere ( I usually go with ~/Src )
in that dir ( make subdirectories if you want thing organised )


Code:
git clone https://github.com/aircrack-ng/rtl8812au.git
cd rtl8812au
make clean && make
sudo make install
sudo modprobe 88XXau

alternative
https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/rtl8814au-dkms-git/
https://github.com/zebulon2/rtl8814au

compiles fine with kernel-source-4.19.75-noarch-1
Code:
git clone https://github.com/zebulon2/rtl8814au.git
cd rtl8814au
make clean && make
sudo make install
modprobe 8814au
not as "new" but compiles fine with 4.19.75
doesn't support as many chipsets as the aircrack-ng does
 
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:48 PM   #8
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V2 - been working for months here. Of course drivers have to be appropriate for the chipset used.
 
Old 09-23-2019, 02:08 AM   #9
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I did this just today for my new Linux Mint install.
Same adapter. I had to try several drivers before I
found one that works. Sorta. No led. 450 Mb/s only.
But seems to work ok so far. Driver rtl8812au-5.2.20.
Not sure where I found it or if it works on your system.
Google it.
Compiling is simple from its unzipped folder.
Code:
make
sudo make install
If it doesn't work
Code:
sudo make uninstall
I'm using kernel 4.15.0-54.

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Old 09-23-2019, 02:24 AM   #10
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@Terry
The aircrack-ng one linked by @USUARIONUEVO may sort out the issues with led

it has more chipsets that the one you have
( top link from a startpage.com search gets the github I used in the second one )

you may need to install git on your Linux Mint.

Last edited by Firerat; 09-23-2019 at 02:26 AM.
 
Old 09-23-2019, 03:11 AM   #11
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the TP-Link Archer T9UH v2 version sold here seems to have another chipset, rtl8188eus: for this one there's a driver on github (with build instructions in the README.md)

https://github.com/quickreflex/rtl8188eus

Last edited by ponce; 09-23-2019 at 03:13 AM.
 
Old 09-23-2019, 09:25 AM   #12
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Thank you for all the answers!!!

I first tried ponce's driver, when I make'd it I got no errors but nothing changed on the machine so I went with Firerat's first answer with aircrack. Midway through make'ing it I got and error and it stopped, so I went with the second answer and it make'ed and install'ed perfectly.

Im current not at my house so im unable to test connecting to any wireless networks but when I do iwconfig now I get wlan0 (which I didn't get before). When I do lsusb though it still doesn't recognize the actual usb device, it just has a blank spot. Should I be worried about this? Thanks!!
 
Old 09-23-2019, 09:41 AM   #13
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errors are good

well, ok errors are not good.. but knowing what there are/were is better than not.

I wouldn't worry too much about the "blank" entry , I'm not too sure were it gets that data from, but I imagine it gets it from some db lookup.

if you can get the aircrack-ng that @USUARIONUEVO linked for us, it will likely be better.
I had already found that second one and just threw it in as an option


let us know you kernel version as the aircrack-ng did compile without error here, on a vanilla slackware
 
Old 09-23-2019, 12:20 PM   #14
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@Faultygaia

It's been a while since I played with aircrack-ng and reading your latest post I tend to believe that you got a virtual wlan0.
lsusb should list your USB WiFi dongle and indeed you should be worried if it's not there.

To pinpoint the exact chipset that is used in your TP-LINK ARCHER T9UH adapter you'll need to inspect the kernel messages from dmesg and get the exact VendorID&ProductID, look after an entry like:
Code:
New USB device found, idVendor=XXXX, idProduct=XXXX
The easiest way to obtain these details is to start your system without the WiFi adapter and once everything is loaded, plug in the USB Adapter and issue:
Code:
dmesg
The last lines from your dmesg output should describe the adapter.
Wikidevi only details the v1:
https://wikidevi.com/wiki/TP-LINK_Archer_T9UH


@ponce
I own a TP-LINK-TL-WN723 and I remember I couldn't use the driver you linked, instead the only one working on both 4.4.x & 4.14.x kernels was:
https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8188e...4.1.8_9499.zip
I also had to blacklist the default r8188eu kernel driver.

Some details:
Code:
#dmesg:
[    3.393183] usb 1-1.5: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=8179
#lsusb:
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0bda:8179 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188EUS 802.11n Wireless Network Adapter
#snippet from lsmod
8188eu                659456  0
cfg80211              569344  1 8188eu
rfkill                 28672  2 cfg80211
# had to add in /lib/modprobe.d/8188eu.conf
blacklist r8188eu
 
Old 09-23-2019, 01:54 PM   #15
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When im make'ing the RTL8812AU/21AU and RTL8814AU drivers im getting errors that say "/bin/sh bc: command not found" However, it chugs through it until it occurs a fatal error that states "error: implicit declaration of function 'cfg80211_sinfo_alloc_tid_stats' [-Werror=implicit-function-declaration]" Then it goes through some other warnings that it treats as errors until it eventually gives that "Recipe for target '/root/Src/rtl8812au/os_dep/linux/ioctl_cfg80211.o' failed" and then it fails some other recipes also. I can type out the whole error message in a couple hours if you need the whole thing.

I installed the kernel here: ( https://packages.slackware.com/?r=sl...p-noarch-1.txz) but I am currently on Slackware 14.2 and that was with kernel 4.4.14

@abga

I run dmesg and I get that the idVender=2357, idProduct=0106 and that it recognizes it was made by Realtek and it starts the module rtl8814au but when I do lsusb it gives the id's but there is no description.


Thanks everyone for the help you've given so far.
ALSO!! I forgot to tell you guys that I am in fact on the V2, sorry.
 
  


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