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USB WIFI Dongle not working on MX linux 17.1

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USB WIFI Dongle not working on MX linux 17.1


Post by linuxguy1986 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:33 pm

Hello all I installed MX Linux 17.1 and have a USB WIFI Dongle that seems to recognize my wifi, but when I go ahead and choosed my home wifi and enter password, it wont connect, it will just try to connect and will just keep circling but it would never connect. So I downloaded Peppermint OS and boom it connect instantly after I put my password in for the Dongle. Does any one know why this is, I would really like to choose and use MX 17.1 over Peppermint OS

john@john-OptiPlex-755 ~ $ inxi -F
System: Host: john-OptiPlex-755 Kernel: 4.15.0-42-generic x86_64 bits: 64
Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Nine
Machine: Device: desktop System: Dell product: OptiPlex 755 serial: N/A
Mobo: Dell model: 0GM819 serial: N/A BIOS: Dell v: A11 date: 08/04/2008
CPU: Dual core Intel Core2 Duo E6550 (-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB
clock speeds: max: 2095 MHz 1: 2069 MHz 2: 2095 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel 82Q35 Express Integrated Graphics Controller
Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
drivers: intel (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Q35 version: 1.4 Mesa 18.0.5
Audio: Card Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller
driver: snd_hda_intel
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-42-generic
Network: Card: Intel 82566DM-2 Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e
IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: 00:21:9b:88:85:ba
Drives: HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (1.8% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST3500630AS size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 458G used: 8.6G (2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 38.0C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 165 Uptime: 28 min Memory: 795.5/7901.3MB
Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56

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Re: USB WIFI Dongle not working on MX linux 17.1


Post by Stevo » Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:16 pm

Your inxi output from Peppermint show that you're connected with the wired NIC, and doesn't show the USB wi-fi hardware at all, so isn't any help in solving that issue. :confused:

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Re: USB WIFI Dongle not working on MX linux 17.1


Post by timkb4cq » Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:18 pm

Plug in the usb dongle, and run

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so we can see what model/chipset it is.
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Re: USB WIFI Dongle not working on MX linux 17.1


Post by sivaraj » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:36 pm

I had similar situation with Realtek Wifi dongle .
My device was

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$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 008: ID 0bda:818b Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

Add below lines to the file > /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf

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Above lines does the trick with rtl8xxxu kernel module .

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