Recently, I purchased Ralink Wireless Linux Client but setting it up was really a hectic task. I searched through the internet but I could not find an easy guide. So, I have decided to write my own easy guide for our Linux community.
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I wanted to improve the Wi-Fi signal strength of my AC adapter so I went with a Wi-Fi adapter that could take advantage of that at those AC speeds and I purchased Ralink Wireless Linux Client. It’s a 1200 megabits per second broadband with a dual-band Wi-Fi adapter. It handles 2.4 and 5 gigahertz so, I installed this and the installation process for the driver is easy in Linux and also easy in ubuntu & fairly difficult in Debian so I thought I’d write an article just to show you what the driver installation process is.
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It’s the Realtek RTL 8812, a driver that is required. I’m going to show you the procedure that I researched online and I determined how to install this particular driver for Ralink Wireless Linux Client so if any of you guys need the driver for Debian arch or Ubuntu I’m going to go through the procedure for each one. Ok so let’s do the hardest one for us and that is Debian. I did a fresh Debian install and I’m going to go through the process with you. I tried many different processes. I tried downloading the driver. WiFí did find a Deb file for the driver. I tried installing it, it installed but it never quite would get configured and usable and so, through a lot of research, I came across a procedure that actually works. Let me go over that with you: the first thing we want to do is run this. Now we’re going to be dealing with GitHub.
We need to install the headers for our kernel and a package called build-essential and a package called git so those are the first three things we want to install so we’re going to open up a terminal and we’re going to paste in that command. press enter your password and then press yes to continue now it’s going to go ahead and install the required packages so that you can download the appropriate drivers from GitHub so that doesn’t take too long to install once it’s done you’re going to copy and paste the second command okay so now that that’s done.
Paste that second command and it’s going to pull in the drivers now you want to change to the directory where all of the files are held so you’re going to copy and paste this third command and I’ll put these commands into the show notes so now that I have I’m in the correct directory I want to type the command make and let that run now it’s going to take a minute or two to finish once it’s done with make we’re going to type sudo make install and that’ll take just a moment until that finishes okay once that’s done.
Now keep in mind you’re doing all this with your dongle unplugged okay so the next command is going to be sudo make install and that doesn’t take long now we’re going to have to modprobe the driver so copy and paste the modprobe command and that’s done now once you reboot now keep in mind if you change kernels you’ll have to run this procedure again because this is for the kernel that you’re currently running and that’s why you’re installing the headers with the you named a char okay so and keep in mind this is just for Debian in a bun – you’re going to use your driver manager so if you’re using the Ubuntu you’re going to use your driver manager the only way you want to use this procedure and I’ve got a note output in the show notes is if the driver manager is not available or if the driver manager fails to install properly then you can use the procedure for Debian that I just outlined with you so I’m going to reboot.
After Rebooting, Let’s take a look now keep in mind that I’ve been connected through my Ethernet cable for this process so you will need either net access while you’re installing the Wi-Fi drivers.
You can see that I don’t have any Wi-Fi available as of yet so let me go ahead and plug in my device and once I do that it should recognize it It should recognize the device and it should pull in my wall Wi-Fi networks let’s take a look and it did so I have all my Wi-Fi networks available let’s connect to one of them and I should get a message up in the top saying I’m now connected if I go ahead and disconnect my Ethernet you can see my Wi-Fi symbol.
I am connected and I’ll go ahead and open up Firefox and as you can see I am connected now that is the procedure for Debian as I said if you’re in a bun to base distribution and you don’t have driver manager or driver manager fails in the process then go ahead and use this Debian procedure I’m going to put all of the notes in the video in the show notes so you’ll have all the links to a couple of websites and all of the notes that we discussed.
Now, I’m going to hop over to my arch system so that I can show you the procedure in arch and Manjaro. I’m actually in a Manjaro installed it’s the LXDE desktop I’m going to show you the process for installing the RTL ad a12 au real tech driver within arch or Menge ro Linux now the first command is yogurt RTL 8812 au once the search is finished you’re going to go with this DKMS get this one.
Right there number 4 you can see I’ve already installed it okay so I’ll go through the install process and that’ll just take a couple of minutes. I’ll go through the install process and then I’m going to show you the next command it’s really simple this is the first command there’s one more command and then you’ll reboot so now it’s installing the DKMS modules now.
I’ve already installed the headers for my particular kernel what she’ll what you’ll need to do is at the end of this install it’ll tell you that you don’t have the headers installed if it tells you that you don’t have the head is installed.
I’ll show you the procedure for installing the headers now in this case you can see that it’s identified the header the kernel that I’m using and I will show you the header install process.
Okay so when that’s what that process has done you’re going to type sudo hack man s Linux headers and it’s telling me I’ve already got the headers installed from my kernel if you don’t have the head is installed.
If you’re running Manjaro it’s going to bring up a little listing of all of the headers available make sure you pick the one for your kernel and if you’re using arch then it should automatically pull in the correct headers so I’m not going to go ahead with this because I’ve already done it.
So, guys, that is easy as it gets for installing this particular driver for Ralink Wireless Linux Client within Manjaro or Arch Linux. I have the driver installed. I’ve got an Ethernet cable, all my Wi-Fi are available, my Wi-Fi networks are available. So guys that is it for this article, please feel free to comment below if you have any questions or requests for Linux tutorials!