RTL8811AU - How to get NetGear A6100 to work

Hello.. I recently (last night) got fed up with Windows and decided to switch to Linux.. Garuda Linux looks and sounds amazing so I switch and installed it last night. My Netgear A6100 is not working and I can't find any Garuda Linux support or tips regarding this. I found a guide to getting it to work with Ubuntu but I really don't want Ubuntu. I downloaded Windows drivers and tried using the Windows Drivers options through Garuda Assitant but to no avail.. I get a NDISWrappper not installed which I found I probably shouldn't need anyway. I also found I may need AUR (en) - rtl88x2bu-dkms-git but not sure if this will help me or how to actually install the driver. Sorry but I am complete noob to Linux... literally first day with it. I appreciate any help, I really love the look and feel of Garuda Linux so far and don't want to switch ESPECIALLY back to Windows >.<

Welcome to the forum.

Please read the Garuda Wiki article regarding "Reporting bugs". Specifically read the section on posting your system specs using the inxi command.

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Gotchya... Thank you for the guidance. Here is the result of the inxi -Fxxxa command... I'm unsure if I should create a new post so I did that plus responding here for good measure. Apologies if this is wrong.

System:
  Kernel: 5.10.4-107-tkg-bmq x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0 
  parameters: intel_pstate=passive 
  BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-tkg-bmq 
  root=UUID=11171806-a474-47f8-a9c3-5880c3dba1da rw rootflags=subvol=@ 
  quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 
  systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1 loglevel=3 
  Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.20.5 tk: Qt 5.15.2 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11 
  dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux 
Machine:
  Type: Desktop Mobo: Intel model: S3000AHLX v: D40858-208 
  serial: <filter> BIOS: Intel v: S3000.86B.02.00.0054.061120091710 
  date: 06/11/2009 
Battery:
  Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech K520 serial: <filter> 
  charge: 70% (should be ignored) rechargeable: yes status: Discharging 
CPU:
  Info: Dual Core model: Intel Core2 6700 bits: 64 type: MCP 
  arch: Core Merom family: 6 model-id: F (15) stepping: 6 microcode: D0 
  L2 cache: 4 MiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 10676 
  Speed: 2667 MHz min/max: 1596/2660 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2667 
  2: 2667 
  Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled 
  Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: EPT disabled 
  Type: mds status: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode; 
  SMT disabled 
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI 
  Type: spec_store_bypass status: Vulnerable 
  Type: spectre_v1 
  mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
  Type: spectre_v2 
  mitigation: Full generic retpoline, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling 
  Type: srbds status: Not affected 
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected 
Graphics:
  Device-1: NVIDIA GM204 [GeForce GTX 970] vendor: Gigabyte driver: nvidia 
  v: 460.27.04 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus ID: 03:00.0 
  chip ID: 10de:13c2 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.10 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: nvidia 
  display ID: :0 screens: 1 
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 75 s-size: 650x366mm (25.6x14.4") 
  s-diag: 746mm (29.4") 
  Monitor-1: HDMI-0 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 
  OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 970/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 460.27.04 
  direct render: Yes 
Audio:
  Device-1: NVIDIA GM204 High Definition Audio vendor: Gigabyte 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 03:00.1 chip ID: 10de:0fbb 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.10.4-107-tkg-bmq 
Network:
  Device-1: Intel 82573E Gigabit Ethernet driver: e1000e v: kernel 
  port: 2000 bus ID: 04:00.0 chip ID: 8086:108c 
  IF: enp4s0f0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Intel 82541GI Gigabit Ethernet driver: e1000 v: kernel 
  port: 1100 bus ID: 05:05.0 chip ID: 8086:1076 
  IF: enp5s5 state: down mac: <filter> 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 931.52 GiB used: 14.88 GiB (1.6%) 
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. 
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Western Digital 
  model: WDS100T2G0A-00JH30 size: 931.52 GiB block size: physical: 512 B 
  logical: 512 B speed: <unknown> serial: <filter> rev: 0000 
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw size: 931.51 GiB size: 931.51 GiB (100.00%) 
  used: 14.88 GiB (1.6%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 
  ID-2: /home raw size: 931.51 GiB size: 931.51 GiB (100.00%) 
  used: 14.88 GiB (1.6%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 
  ID-3: /var/log raw size: 931.51 GiB size: 931.51 GiB (100.00%) 
  used: 14.88 GiB (1.6%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 
  ID-4: /var/tmp raw size: 931.51 GiB size: 931.51 GiB (100.00%) 
  used: 14.88 GiB (1.6%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 10 (default 60) cache pressure: 75 (default 100) 
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 3.39 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) 
  priority: 32767 dev: /dev/zram0 
  ID-2: swap-2 type: zram size: 3.39 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) 
  priority: 32767 dev: /dev/zram1 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 79.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 35 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 43% 
Info:
  Processes: 195 Uptime: 27m wakeups: 2 Memory: 6.78 GiB 
  used: 3.27 GiB (48.2%) Init: systemd v: 247 Compilers: gcc: 10.2.0 
  Packages: pacman: 1563 lib: 483 Shell: fish v: 3.1.2 running in: konsole 
  inxi: 3.2.01 

Hello. I explained my situation a bit in previous post but now I have the information needed. (Sorry if I should not create a new post) I am having difficulty getting my NetGear A6100 wireless usb adapter working with Linux.. I just switched to Garuda Linux last night so very noob to Linux.. VERY. Here is the output of inxi -Fxxxa Any help is MUCH appreciated and please speak to me as if I'm a child as I'm totally noob to all things Linux. Thank you all SO much!!

System:
  Kernel: 5.10.4-107-tkg-bmq x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0 
  parameters: intel_pstate=passive 
  BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-tkg-bmq 
  root=UUID=11171806-a474-47f8-a9c3-5880c3dba1da rw rootflags=subvol=@ 
  quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 
  systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1 loglevel=3 
  Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.20.5 tk: Qt 5.15.2 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11 
  dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux 
Machine:
  Type: Desktop Mobo: Intel model: S3000AHLX v: D40858-208 
  serial: <filter> BIOS: Intel v: S3000.86B.02.00.0054.061120091710 
  date: 06/11/2009 
Battery:
  Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech K520 serial: <filter> 
  charge: 70% (should be ignored) rechargeable: yes status: Discharging 
CPU:
  Info: Dual Core model: Intel Core2 6700 bits: 64 type: MCP 
  arch: Core Merom family: 6 model-id: F (15) stepping: 6 microcode: D0 
  L2 cache: 4 MiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 10676 
  Speed: 2667 MHz min/max: 1596/2660 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2667 
  2: 2667 
  Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled 
  Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: EPT disabled 
  Type: mds status: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode; 
  SMT disabled 
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI 
  Type: spec_store_bypass status: Vulnerable 
  Type: spectre_v1 
  mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
  Type: spectre_v2 
  mitigation: Full generic retpoline, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling 
  Type: srbds status: Not affected 
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected 
Graphics:
  Device-1: NVIDIA GM204 [GeForce GTX 970] vendor: Gigabyte driver: nvidia 
  v: 460.27.04 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus ID: 03:00.0 
  chip ID: 10de:13c2 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.10 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: nvidia 
  display ID: :0 screens: 1 
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 75 s-size: 650x366mm (25.6x14.4") 
  s-diag: 746mm (29.4") 
  Monitor-1: HDMI-0 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 
  OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 970/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 460.27.04 
  direct render: Yes 
Audio:
  Device-1: NVIDIA GM204 High Definition Audio vendor: Gigabyte 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 03:00.1 chip ID: 10de:0fbb 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.10.4-107-tkg-bmq 
Network:
  Device-1: Intel 82573E Gigabit Ethernet driver: e1000e v: kernel 
  port: 2000 bus ID: 04:00.0 chip ID: 8086:108c 
  IF: enp4s0f0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Intel 82541GI Gigabit Ethernet driver: e1000 v: kernel 
  port: 1100 bus ID: 05:05.0 chip ID: 8086:1076 
  IF: enp5s5 state: down mac: <filter> 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 931.52 GiB used: 14.88 GiB (1.6%) 
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. 
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Western Digital 
  model: WDS100T2G0A-00JH30 size: 931.52 GiB block size: physical: 512 B 
  logical: 512 B speed: <unknown> serial: <filter> rev: 0000 
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw size: 931.51 GiB size: 931.51 GiB (100.00%) 
  used: 14.88 GiB (1.6%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 
  ID-2: /home raw size: 931.51 GiB size: 931.51 GiB (100.00%) 
  used: 14.88 GiB (1.6%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 
  ID-3: /var/log raw size: 931.51 GiB size: 931.51 GiB (100.00%) 
  used: 14.88 GiB (1.6%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 
  ID-4: /var/tmp raw size: 931.51 GiB size: 931.51 GiB (100.00%) 
  used: 14.88 GiB (1.6%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 10 (default 60) cache pressure: 75 (default 100) 
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 3.39 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) 
  priority: 32767 dev: /dev/zram0 
  ID-2: swap-2 type: zram size: 3.39 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) 
  priority: 32767 dev: /dev/zram1 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 79.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 35 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 43% 
Info:
  Processes: 195 Uptime: 27m wakeups: 2 Memory: 6.78 GiB 
  used: 3.27 GiB (48.2%) Init: systemd v: 247 Compilers: gcc: 10.2.0 
  Packages: pacman: 1563 lib: 483 Shell: fish v: 3.1.2 running in: konsole 
  inxi: 3.2.01 

There is no "Netgear" in your network devices which means it is not being detected or it is not connected.

Does this actually have Linux support?

Really? Well... OK then: Get an adult (or an older sibling) to administer your PC.

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Just a guess without any WiFi chip info, but I'd try installing this driver from the Chaotic AUR repo:

rtl88xxau-aircrack-dkms-git

If it doesn't work on your current kernel search for how to install the linux-lts kernel.

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Oi... Terribly sorry, I unplugged it before doing that.. Here is the output again >.< Ok maybe laymen terms.. not like a child :smiley: oh and no official support from Netgear but I read people got it working with Ubuntu and Mint so am hoping Garuda will work too

System:
  Kernel: 5.10.4-107-tkg-bmq x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0 
  parameters: intel_pstate=passive 
  BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-tkg-bmq 
  root=UUID=11171806-a474-47f8-a9c3-5880c3dba1da rw rootflags=subvol=@ 
  quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 
  systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1 loglevel=3 
  Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.20.5 tk: Qt 5.15.2 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11 
  dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux 
Machine:
  Type: Desktop Mobo: Intel model: S3000AHLX v: D40858-208 
  serial: <filter> BIOS: Intel v: S3000.86B.02.00.0054.061120091710 
  date: 06/11/2009 
Battery:
  Device-1: hidpp_battery_0 model: Logitech K520 serial: <filter> 
  charge: 70% (should be ignored) rechargeable: yes status: Discharging 
CPU:
  Info: Dual Core model: Intel Core2 6700 bits: 64 type: MCP 
  arch: Core Merom family: 6 model-id: F (15) stepping: 6 microcode: D0 
  L2 cache: 4 MiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 10676 
  Speed: 2667 MHz min/max: 1596/2660 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2667 
  2: 2667 
  Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled 
  Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: EPT disabled 
  Type: mds status: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode; 
  SMT disabled 
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI 
  Type: spec_store_bypass status: Vulnerable 
  Type: spectre_v1 
  mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
  Type: spectre_v2 
  mitigation: Full generic retpoline, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling 
  Type: srbds status: Not affected 
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected 
Graphics:
  Device-1: NVIDIA GM204 [GeForce GTX 970] vendor: Gigabyte driver: nvidia 
  v: 460.27.04 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus ID: 03:00.0 
  chip ID: 10de:13c2 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.10 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: nvidia 
  display ID: :0 screens: 1 
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 75 s-size: 650x366mm (25.6x14.4") 
  s-diag: 746mm (29.4") 
  Monitor-1: HDMI-0 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 
  OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 970/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 460.27.04 
  direct render: Yes 
Audio:
  Device-1: NVIDIA GM204 High Definition Audio vendor: Gigabyte 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 03:00.1 chip ID: 10de:0fbb 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.10.4-107-tkg-bmq 
Network:
  Device-1: Intel 82573E Gigabit Ethernet driver: e1000e v: kernel 
  port: 2000 bus ID: 04:00.0 chip ID: 8086:108c 
  IF: enp4s0f0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Intel 82541GI Gigabit Ethernet driver: e1000 v: kernel 
  port: 1100 bus ID: 05:05.0 chip ID: 8086:1076 
  IF: enp5s5 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Device-3: NetGear A6100 AC600 DB Wireless Adapter [Realtek RTL8811AU] 
  type: USB driver: usb-network bus ID: 1-2:2 chip ID: 0846:9052 
  serial: <filter> 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 931.52 GiB used: 19.99 GiB (2.1%) 
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. 
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Western Digital 
  model: WDS100T2G0A-00JH30 size: 931.52 GiB block size: physical: 512 B 
  logical: 512 B speed: <unknown> serial: <filter> rev: 0000 
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw size: 931.51 GiB size: 931.51 GiB (100.00%) 
  used: 19.99 GiB (2.1%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 
  ID-2: /home raw size: 931.51 GiB size: 931.51 GiB (100.00%) 
  used: 19.99 GiB (2.1%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 
  ID-3: /var/log raw size: 931.51 GiB size: 931.51 GiB (100.00%) 
  used: 19.99 GiB (2.1%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 
  ID-4: /var/tmp raw size: 931.51 GiB size: 931.51 GiB (100.00%) 
  used: 19.99 GiB (2.1%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 10 (default 60) cache pressure: 75 (default 100) 
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 3.39 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) 
  priority: 32767 dev: /dev/zram0 
  ID-2: swap-2 type: zram size: 3.39 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) 
  priority: 32767 dev: /dev/zram1 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 80.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 35 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 43% 
Info:
  Processes: 187 Uptime: 10m wakeups: 4 Memory: 6.78 GiB 
  used: 2.76 GiB (40.6%) Init: systemd v: 247 Compilers: gcc: 10.2.0 
  Packages: pacman: 1563 lib: 483 Shell: fish v: 3.1.2 running in: konsole 
  inxi: 3.2.01 

Sorry about that :smiley: here is the info.. I unplugged before running the inxi -Fxxxza :man_facepalming: Ok I will try out that driver, thank you :slight_smile:

  Device-3: NetGear A6100 AC600 DB Wireless Adapter [Realtek RTL8811AU] 
  type: USB driver: usb-network bus ID: 1-2:2 chip ID: 0846:9052 
  serial: <filter> 

Welcome CTooze003.

Glad you've decided to take a dive into the world of Linux. Unless you find a specific reason to continue with Win, I think if you search for the right distro (and there are ALOT of them) that you will be glad you went full-time with whatever distro you chose.

The problem you're having with your wifi dongle is not a Linux problem per-se, it's the fact that Realtek isn't very supportive with offering their software drivers (for free) to the Linux community. On a certain level, you can understand that.

Try the driver from the chaotic-aur that was mentioned above. If that doesn't work, it could be a crap shoot from distro to distro at the OOTB level. Maybe Ubuntu if any would.

However ... there is a silver lining! If you can find a wifi stick with a Ralink chip, you could find eternal happiness.

Here's a brand notorius for their general Linux support. Works OOTB with no need to install any additional drivers.

I'm typing this from one now ...

https://www.pandawireless.com/

GM

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Perhaps I'll order a Panda if that driver doesn't work. But.... uh.... well this is embarrassing but how do I install the driver with Linux? :woozy_face: I downloaded the .zip put it on a flash drive. Told ya I'm a total Linux noob :blush:

Not a problem ... remember, we all started in your shoes at one point.

With Arch-based derivatives, and all Linux distros in general, you have built-in "software centers (repos)" where you can search and install software.

In Garuda, open the "Add/remove software" center and search/select/apply the package that was suggested above by tbg. First, access the preferences section of the software center & enable AUR before you search for that package. The software center will install automatically. Reboot &/or remove/replug your USB dongle.

If the driver works with your USB chipset, you'll obviously see your wifi network listed in the network manager.

Easy peasy.

GM

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Hi!
During installation Garuda Linux deactivates all networks except for wired ones.
In order to use a wireless connection with Garuda Linux you have to go to CONNMAN SETTINGS in your applications menu and toggle the WiFi switch to ON.
Maybe that helps.

KDE editions use Network Manager, not ConnMan.

Be sure to install the driver version from the Chaotic AUR, (not the AUR).

There are three related drivers in the AUR (and prebuilt in ChaoticAUR):

$ yay -Ss 8811
aur/rtl8812au422-dkms-git 4.2.2.r7502.gc20130507aur2-1 (+1 0.00) 
    rtl8821AU/rtl8812AU/rtl8811AU driver with firmware version 4.2.2 (7502.20130507) (Tested and working as of Linux kernel 5.3.8-arch1-1)
aur/rtl88xxau-aircrack-dkms-git r1123.e9fbf5c-1 (+38 1.60)
    Aircrack-ng kernel module for Realtek 88XXau (USB adapters only) network cards (8811au, 8812au and 8821au chipsets) with monitor mode and injection support
aur/rtl8821au-dkms-git 5.1.5.r59.gaf07b27-1 (+45 0.00) 
    rtl8821AU, rtl8812AU and rtl8811AU chipset driver with firmware v5.1.5

I am using rtl88xxau-aircrack-dkms-git successfully with one of my USB wifi adapters, so try that one.

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Gotcha. So it goes through and downloads but then I get a bunch of errors signature from X is unknown trust. I have AUR support enabled. Is there something further I have to tweak?

If you are using the Chaotic AUR version and receiving this error then test the version in the AUR, (and vice versa). The Chaotic version is the same, but it saves the build time of the AUR version.

In the future do not give your Readers Digest condensed version of any error message. Always post the exact errors received as text (no editing).

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