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Install TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano WiFi USB Adapter In Linux

By sk
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In this brief guide, I will explain how to install TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano WiFi USB adapter in Fedora, Ubuntu and openSUSE Linux distributions and how to connect to 5G Wireless Internet connection.

Introduction

A few days ago, I switched to Jio Fiber 5G broadband connection. The Internet provider gave me a dual band router that supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channel.

Unfortunately, the built-in WiFi network interface in my Laptop doesn't support 5 GHz channel. It is bit old Dell Laptop that supports 2.4 GHz channel only.

After doing a lot of web search, I bought TP-Link AC600 USB WiFi Adapter (Archer T2U Nano) from Amazon.

Compared to other WiFi USB network adapters, the TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U model has many advantages. It is tiny, compact and high speed WiFi adapter that supports 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band.

It is capable to provide 433 Mbps speed on 5GHz (ideal for HD streaming and online gaming) and 200Mbps on 2.4GHz (perfect for normal web browsing).

Archer T2U nano adapter supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryption standards. So your wireless connections are safe from intruders.

Another notable advantage of Archer T2U nano WiFi USB adapter is it supports WiFi roaming. It automatically connects to the suitable WiFi network near you.

If you are ever looking for a dual-band WiFi router for faster speed and extended range, TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano WiFi USB adapter is undoubtedly good choice.

Even though Archer T2U nano adapter has some good features, it has one drawback. It supports Windows and Mac OS only. There is no official drivers for Linux.

Fortunately, I came across an unofficial driver for Archer T2U Nano on GitHub and it works out of the box on Fedora and Ubuntu systems.

As stated already, Archer T2U nano works well both on Fedora, Ubuntu and openSUSE Linux distributions. First, we will see how to install TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano wifi adapter on Fedora.

First, check if the TP-Link Archer T2U is detected on your Fedora system by listing the USB devices using command:

$ lsusb

Sample output:

 Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0bda:0138 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5138 Card Reader Controller
 Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
 Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
 Bus 001 Device 005: ID 064e:8123 Suyin Corp. 
 Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0cf3:3005 Qualcomm Atheros Communications AR3011 Bluetooth
 Bus 001 Device 003: ID 046d:c52b Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver
 Bus 001 Device 007: ID 2357:011e TP-Link AC600 wireless Realtek RTL8811AU [Archer T2U Nano]
 Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
 Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
List USB devices in Linux
List USB devices in Linux

As you can see, TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U nano model wireless card is detected. Let us go ahead and install Archer T2U nano driver in Linux.

Before installing the Archer T2U nano driver, make sure you have installed the correct Kernel header files using command:

$ sudo dnf install "kernel-devel-uname-r == $(uname -r)"

If your Kernel and Kernel headers' version are different, the TP-Link WiFi card driver will not work. So it is mandatory to install the correct Kernel header files.

Next install the dkms package which is used automatically recompile and install a kernel module when a new kernel gets installed or updated.

To install dkms in Fedora, run:

$ sudo dnf install dkms

Since we are going to compile the drivers from source, we need to install make and git:

$ sudo dnf install make git

Next, git clone the rtl8812au GitHub repository:

$ git clone https://github.com/aircrack-ng/rtl8812au.git

Sample output:

 Cloning into 'rtl8812au'…
 remote: Enumerating objects: 11047, done.
 remote: Counting objects: 100% (85/85), done.
 remote: Compressing objects: 100% (57/57), done.
 remote: Total 11047 (delta 31), reused 51 (delta 26), pack-reused 10962
 Receiving objects: 100% (11047/11047), 70.94 MiB | 2.37 MiB/s, done.
 Resolving deltas: 100% (7695/7695), done.

The rtl8812au GitHub repository contains RTL8812AU/21AU and RTL8814AU drivers with monitor mode and frame injection.

The above command clones the contents of rtl8812au GitHub repository in a local directory named rtl8812au. Cd into the cloned directory:

$ cd rtl8812au/

Run the following command to compile and install TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano WiFi USB adapter in your Fedora system:

$ sudo make dkms_install

Sample output:

mkdir -p /usr/src/8812au-5.6.4.2_35491.20191025
 cp -r * /usr/src/8812au-5.6.4.2_35491.20191025
 dkms add -m 8812au -v 5.6.4.2_35491.20191025
 Creating symlink /var/lib/dkms/8812au/5.6.4.2_35491.20191025/source ->
                  /usr/src/8812au-5.6.4.2_35491.20191025
 DKMS: add completed.
 dkms build -m 8812au -v 5.6.4.2_35491.20191025
 Kernel preparation unnecessary for this kernel.  Skipping…
 Building module:
 cleaning build area…
 'make' -j4 KVER=5.8.15-301.fc33.x86_64 KSRC=/lib/modules/5.8.15-301.fc33.x86_64/build……………………………
 cleaning build area…
 DKMS: build completed.
 dkms install -m 8812au -v 5.6.4.2_35491.20191025
 88XXau.ko.xz:
 Running module version sanity check.
 Original module
 No original module exists within this kernel
 Installation
 Installing to /lib/modules/5.8.15-301.fc33.x86_64/extra/
 Adding any weak-modules 
 depmod…..
 DKMS: install completed.
 dkms status
 8812au, 5.6.4.2_35491.20191025, 5.8.15-301.fc33.x86_64, x86_64: installed
Install TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano WiFi USB adapter in Fedora Linux
Install TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano WiFi USB adapter in Fedora Linux

Once the driver is installed, remove the USB adapter and plug in again. The LED in the Archer T2U nano adapter will start to blink.

You can verify if the Archer T2U nano driver (i.e. RTL8812AU) is installed and loaded with command:

$ sudo dkms status

If you see an output like below, congratulations! TP-Link AC600 (Archer T2U Nano) Wireless adapter has been successfully installed!

 8812au, 5.6.4.2_35491.20191025, 5.8.15-301.fc33.x86_64, x86_64: installed

Installing TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U nano wifi USB adapter in Ubuntu is same as above.

Install the necessary dependencies and Kernel headers in Ubuntu Linux with command:

$ sudo apt install dkms git build-essential libelf-dev linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Git clone the rtl8812au GitHub repository:

$ git clone https://github.com/aircrack-ng/rtl8812au.git

Cd into the cloned directory:

$ cd rtl8812au/

Finally, install TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano WiFi USB adapter in Ubuntu using command:

$ sudo make dkms_install

Unplug the TP-Link Archer T2U nano adapter and plug it again. The LED will start to blink. Verify if the driver is installed and loaded using command:

$ sudo dkms status

If the TP-Link AC600 WiFi USB adapter is installed, you will see the following output:

8812au, 5.6.4.2_35491.20191025, 5.11.15-1-default, x86_64: installed

Install Kernel headers and all necessary prerequisites on your openSUSE machine:

$ sudo zypper install kernel-source
$ sudo zypper install git dkms

Git clone the rtl8812au GitHub repository:

$ git clone https://github.com/aircrack-ng/rtl8812au.git

Cd into the cloned directory:

$ cd rtl8812au/

Run the following command to install TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano WiFi USB adapter in openSUSE:

$ sudo make dkms_install

Remove he TP-Link Archer T2U nano adapter and plug it again. The LED will start to blink. Verify if the driver is installed and loaded using command:

$ sudo dkms status

If the TP-Link AC600 WiFi USB adapter is installed correctly, you will see the following output:

8812au, 5.6.4.2_35491.20191025, 5.11.15-1-default, x86_64: installed

Connect to 5G Wireless network in Linux

Open System Settings in your Linux machine. Under WiFi section, you will see there are two WiFi adapters listed. One is built-in WiFi interface and another one is TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U nano USB WiFi adapter.

Click the TP-Link card and you will see the list of available 5G wireless connections. Choose a 5G network in the list and click Connect.

Connect to 5G Wireless network in Linux
Connect to 5G Wireless network in Linux

Alternatively, you can connect to 5G WiFi network from the Gnome Top bar menu as well. Open the pop out menu from the Top bar, and click "Select Network" option.

Select WiFi network from topbar menu in Linux
Select WiFi network from topbar menu in Linux

Choose the 5G wifi network in the list and click Connect.

Connect to 5G wifi network
Connect to 5G wifi network

That's it. Start using High Speed 5G Internet connection in your laptop/desktop.

To view the list of WiFi connections from the command line, run:

$ nmcli device wifi list

Here is my Internet speed on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wireless adapters.

Internet speed on 2.4 GHz (onboard WiFi):

Internet speed on 2.4 GHz WiFi in Linux
Internet speed on 2.4 GHz WiFi in Linux

Internet speed on 5 GHz (TP-Link AC600 Archer 2TU Nano WiFi USB adapter):

Internet speed on 5 GHz (TP-Link AC600 Archer 2TU Nano) WiFi in Linux
Internet speed on 5 GHz (TP-Link AC600 Archer 2TU Nano) WiFi in Linux

I have been using TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano WiFi USB adapter in my Dell Laptop for the past few days. So far it works just fine and I don't have any issues with it.

If you want to connect to 5G networks in your legacy Laptop or Desktop, just buy TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano WiFi USB adapter or any other 5G supported WiFi adapter and enjoy High Speed Internet connectivity.

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11 comments

Kuroashi July 9, 2021 - 12:43 am

Thank you !

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Avishek July 24, 2021 - 11:56 am

8812au, 5.6.4.2_35491.20191025, 5.11.0-16-generic, x86_64: installed

not default
how to do that

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sk July 24, 2021 - 1:05 pm

Can you elaborate your question? I couldn’t understand.

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Lucas Ozonio August 6, 2021 - 8:00 am

Hi dear! Can u help me? I have a problem in Ubuntu 20.04

when I enter with “sudo make dkms_install”:

[…]
cleaning build area…
‘make’ -j4 KVER=5.8.0-63-generic KSRC=/lib/modules/5.8.0-63-generic/build…(bad exit status: 2)
ERROR (dkms apport): binary package for 8812au: 5.6.4.2_35491.20191025 not found
Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 5.8.0-63-generic (x86_64)
Consult /var/lib/dkms/8812au/5.6.4.2_35491.20191025/build/make.log for more information.
make: *** [Makefile:2304: dkms_install] Erro 10

$ dkms status

8812au, 5.6.4.2_35491.20191025: added

$ uname -r

5.8.0-63-generic

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sk August 6, 2021 - 12:18 pm

That’s odd. It should work in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and newer versions. A few users have the same issue as yours. But they got it working. Please take a look here -> https://gist.github.com/electron0zero/de0eaa13336042bad347f4dbd8749609

Make sure you have installed the Kernel headers and try again. If it doesn’t help, try in a newly installed system. If none of these helps, you may need o file the issue in GitHub. Good luck!

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Annie Jones August 7, 2021 - 1:37 am

Thank you x 100.
Bought this wifi adapter about a year ago to use on a 14 year old Samsung laptop running Linux Mint 18.3 xfce and had a devil of a job getting it to connect (did not plug and play) and still can’t recall how I did it other than copying commands willy nilly into the terminal until something worked.
Had to upgrade O/S to Mint 20.2 xfce and knew it would be the same horrendous saga getting it to work. Tried copy and pasting commands found on various websites without any success. Found your website today, followed the instructions at Point 2 and way hey it worked.
I have just one question: Should the adapter be plugged in to the PC when you input the commands?
Or am I just stupid girlie and that’s why my other attempts didn’t work? (OK two questions or even three)
Whatever, thanks for this.

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sk August 7, 2021 - 11:43 am

>> I have just one question: Should the adapter be plugged in to the PC when you input the commands?

Yes, the Adapter should be plugged in to the PC.

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smark_dev August 15, 2021 - 3:26 am

Thank you. Worked fine on Mint 20.02 Cinnamon. You’re my new hero.

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sk August 15, 2021 - 12:11 pm

Glad it worked out for you. Happy to help.

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Gordon Guest August 31, 2021 - 9:01 am

Been searching for a drive for sometime now tried others instructions couldn’t get it to work. Finally my search brought me to page and instructions. Installed perfectly clear step by step instructions. I am using openSuSe 15.3 Tumbleweed.

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sk August 31, 2021 - 10:39 am

Glad it worked out for you. Happy to help.

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