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How To Install TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano Driver on Ubuntu 18.04

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In this article, we will guide you through the process of installing the TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano driver on Ubuntu 18.04. This process might seem daunting for beginners, but with a step-by-step approach, it becomes manageable and easy to understand.

Prerequisites

Before we start, ensure that you have the following:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 installed on your system
  • Terminal or command line access
  • Internet connection
  • Sudo or root access

Method 1: Using the rtl8812au Driver Repository

Step 1: Install Necessary Packages

Open a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T and run the following commands to install git and dkms:

sudo apt install git dkms

Here, sudo is used to run commands with root privileges. apt is the package handling utility in Ubuntu. install is the command to install a new package, and git dkms are the packages we want to install.

Step 2: Clone the Driver Repository

Next, we will clone the rtl8812au driver repository using the following command:

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

git clone is used to clone or copy a repository. The URL that follows is the location of the repository we want to clone.

Step 3: Navigate to the Cloned Directory

Now, navigate to the cloned directory using the cd command:

cd rtl8812au

cd stands for ‘change directory’. It is used to navigate between directories or folders in the terminal.

Step 4: Install the Driver

Finally, install the driver using dkms with the command:

sudo make dkms_install

make is a build automation tool that automatically builds executable programs and libraries from source code. dkms_install is the target that make will build.

If you encounter an error related to an existing DKMS tree, you can try the following commands:

sudo mv /var/lib/8812au /var/lib/8812au-orig
sudo make dkms_install

mv is the move command. It is used to move or rename files and directories. In this case, we are renaming the directory to resolve the conflict.

Method 2: Using the rtl8812au-1 Driver Repository

This method is similar to the first one, but uses a different driver repository. Note that Secure Boot needs to be disabled for this method.

Step 1 to 3

Follow the same steps as in Method 1, but replace the repository URL in Step 2 with:

git clone https://github.com/jeremyb31/rtl8812au-1.git

And change to the cloned directory with:

cd rtl8812au-1

Step 4: Install the Driver

Install the driver using the provided script:

sudo ./dkms-install.sh

Here, ./dkms-install.sh is a shell script that automates the installation process.

Method 3: Using the rtl8812au Driver Repository (Version 5.6.4.2)

This method uses a specific version of the driver, which is recommended for the TP-Link AC600 Archer T2Uv3 (ID 2357:011f) as the stable version 5.3.4 may cause random disconnections.

Step 1 to 3

Follow the same steps as in Method 1, but replace the repository URL in Step 2 with:

git clone -b v5.6.4.2 https://github.com/aircrack-ng/rtl8812au.git

Here, -b v5.6.4.2 specifies the branch or version of the repository we want to clone.

Step 4: Install the Driver

Install the driver using dkms with the command:

sudo ./dkms-install.sh

Remember to disable Secure Boot if you encounter any issues during the installation process.

Conclusion

In this article, we have covered three methods to install the TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano driver on Ubuntu 18.04. We hope this guide has been helpful. If you encounter any issues, feel free to ask for help in the comments section. Happy networking!

Can I install the TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano driver on a different version of Ubuntu?

The installation instructions provided in this article are specifically for Ubuntu 18.04. While the steps may be similar for other versions of Ubuntu, there may be slight differences. It is always recommended to refer to the official documentation or support forums for your specific Ubuntu version to ensure compatibility.

Do I need to have an internet connection during the driver installation process?

Yes, an internet connection is required to download the necessary packages and clone the driver repository. Ensure that you have a stable internet connection before proceeding with the installation.

Can I use these methods to install the TP-Link AC600 Archer T2U Nano driver on a different Linux distribution?

These methods are specifically tailored for Ubuntu 18.04. While they may work on other Linux distributions, it is recommended to refer to the official documentation or support forums for your specific distribution to ensure compatibility. Different distributions may have different package managers and installation methods.

What should I do if I encounter errors during the installation process?

If you encounter any errors during the installation process, it is recommended to carefully read the error message and try to identify the issue. You can also search for the specific error message online, as others may have encountered and resolved the same issue. Additionally, you can seek help in the comments section of the article or consult the official documentation or support forums for your specific Ubuntu version or Linux distribution.

Is it necessary to disable Secure Boot for all the methods mentioned?

Secure Boot needs to be disabled only for Method 2, which uses the rtl8812au-1 driver repository. The other methods do not specifically require Secure Boot to be disabled. However, if you encounter any issues during the installation process, disabling Secure Boot can be attempted as a troubleshooting step. Ensure that you are familiar with the implications of disabling Secure Boot before proceeding.

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