Enjoy Your BrosTrend WiFi adapter with A Variety of Hardware and Various Linux Based OSes
By connecting this dual band Linux USB WiFi adapter to any USB ports of your laptop, desktop of Linux/Windows/MAC, you can get range extended wireless connection of 867Mbps on 5GHz Wi-Fi band or 300Mbps on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band. You can use the 5GHz Wireless band for lag-free gaming and HD streaming, and the 2.4GHz band for video calls and shopping online. Taking advantage of the 802.11 ac Wi-Fi technology, this AC1200 Linux USB Wireless Adapter works with the latest WiFi 6 routers, also works with WiFi 5 routers, including routers of 802.11ax/ac/n/g/b/a.
Secure your devices and network privacy by supporting the wireless encryption: WPA2/WPA/WEP, AES/PSK/TKIP.
Works with Linux OSes and Comes with Installation Instruction
This WiFi dongle works on desktop computers, laptops, single-board computers like Raspberry Pi, Odroid, RockPro64, and even virtual machines like VirtualBox, KVM, QEMU, VMWare. The supported architectures are x86_32, x86_64, armhf, and aarch64.
The Linux driver is compatible with kernels up to 5.15 for these OSes:
Ubuntu 21.10/21.04/20.10/20.04/19.10/19.04/18.10/18.04/17.10 ~ 16.04, Debian 11/10/9/8, Linux Mint 20/19/18, LMDE 4/3/2/1, Kali, Pop!OS, Raspberry Pi OS (Raspbian) 10/9/8, MATE, GNOME, Cinnamon, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Budgie, Kylin, MX Linux, Elementary OS, Zorin OS, KDE neon, antiX Linux, Q4OS, Parrot OS, PureOS, Bodhi, deepin, Linux Lite, SparkyLinux, Peppermint OS, Devuan etc.
Note: To install the driver on Linux OSes, an Internet connection is required at the time of installation, so as to be able to download the driver and its dependencies. That means that you might have to use a wired connection, i.e. a LAN cable.
High Speed WiFi Connection for your PC
USB 3.0 Port with Gold Plated
USB 3.0 port with gold plated on the wifi adapter, which works 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The USB port with gold plating ensures a more solid network connection on your computer, and backward compatible with USB 2.0 port.
Dual Band Wireless Connection
Taking advantage of the latest 802.11 ac Wi-Fi technology, this Ubuntu wifi adapter for pc brings you with superior wireless speed of 867Mbps on 5GHz WiFi band or 300Mbps on 2.4GHz WiFi band. Works 4 times faster than previous wireless-N adapters.
Compact Design for your PC
Comes with compact design, this Linux wireless USB adapter will fit your desktop or laptop PC perfectly.
USB WiFi Adapter for Better Wireless Connection on Various OSes
Wi-Fi Antennas Integrated on Board
Comes with 2 X internal wifi antennas integrated in the WiFi card.
Double-Sided LED Indicators
Easy to monitor the working status of your WiFi Dongle.
Also Supported Windows & MAC OS X
This WiFi Adapter also works with Windows or MAC OS X including:
-Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP, 32 Bit or 64 Bit OS (does NOT support Vista)
-MAC OS X 10.9~10.14
Save your investment and you can have one USB wifi adapter working with various OSes.
At first install it didn't work for my POP OS, so I emailed tech support and they promptly told me my Kernel was too new and suggested I go back to Kernel 5.11. After returning to 5.11, it installed with no issue. I like the blue LED, let's me know I'm connected. It is reaching the opposite end of my house from my Wi-Fi hub. Tech support even told me they would let me know when a driver was updated for 5.13 Kernel. I couldn't be happier with this purchase and the tech support.
I'm happy to report that this works well in Ubuntu Linux 20.04. Unfortunately, it doesn't work out-of-the box. I visited the vendors website and when you try to download the drivers you get the option of sending an automatic email requesting the driver. Within 20 hours or so I got a reply back. Instructions were really simple and involved running a single line in the command line that retrieved the binaries and installed them. After that the system detected the adapter.
The wifi adapter is using the 5Ghz network which is nice. Speed varied dramatically between my various USB ports. After a couple of tries I found the fastest one. I'm currently getting 250 mbps download and a similar number for uploads.
Overall good experience. If possible I would encourage the OEM to submit their driver to the Linux kernel so that it's fully plug-in and play.
My biggest dislike was the fact that instead of being able to download a driver from the brotech website, the link generates an email that requires your order number and linux version number. However, I ended up finding the correct source code for the driver on Trend-TechCN's website. Once I got the *correct* driver installed, this thing worked like a charm, but the searching around for the correct realtek drivers was enough to make me want to go all HULK SMASH! on this thing.
1) Larger size seems to mean it's got a larger antenna. It seems to have very good signal.
2) Once I got the correct driver files, installation was easy and the device came right up after a reboot.
3) They appear to be customer-conscious for their linux users by requesting your use case before providing you with instructions and drivers.
1) Needing to email the manufacturer in order to get the drivers is silly; make the drivers readily available for the advanced users please.
2) This things is HUGE. Because it's wider than one USB slot, I can only use 3 total slots on my Raspberry Pi. If I were using this on a laptop with only two USB-A slots, I'd only be able to use one device at a time unless I also purchased a USB Male-to-Female adapter cable.
3) Not plug-and-play; requires driver installation on linux in order to be made to work.
Overall though, now that I've got the correct driver installed, it's working decently and I have no complaints.
Works nicely but it needs to have an internet connection for installation - so I used my phone with USB tethering. If you haven't got an internet connection you can't install this and make it work. If you already have an internet connection you may not need this. Catch 22? The little DVD that comes with it has 3 parts, one for Windows, one for Mac, and one for Linux. I didn't look at the Mac and Windows directories since I don't have either of those but the Linux directory just tells you the web address to which you need to connect to download the driver. Seems kind of circular - order this so you can connect to the internet but oh by the way you have to be connected to the internet to install this.
It was easy to install the drivers using the link in the supplied mini-CD. Just be aware of the busybox issue.
It was tough to get it configured properly in Mint Linux. After mucking around with the wpa stuff manually, and not being able to get the finally configured card to stay connected to my router, I just used the graphical UI to get the card connected. Worked like a charm, and it holds the configuration between reboots, even into the multi-user mode in systemd.
So, excellent so far. But, I hate systemd.
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