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How to Install the Netgear A7000 (RTL8812AU/21AU/14AU) Linux Wifi Drivers.

Sources: aircrack-ng/rtl8812au, aircrack-ng/rtl8814au

How to Install the Netgear A7000 (RTL8812AU/21AU/14AU) Linux Wifi Drivers.

Note: This guide is purposefully simple. If you would like more information about what exactly each command is doing, try:

man `the command in question`

or go to the respective source repositories as mentioned above.

IF YOU ARE HAVING ISSUES DISABLE SECURE BOOT IN YOUR MOTHERBOARD'S SETTINGS

Install Package Dependencies

Debian GNU/Linux or Debian Based Distros (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, ElementaryOS, Pop_OS, etc.)

Run the following commands:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install dkms git build-essential libelf-dev linux-headers-`uname -r`

Then reboot your system.

Fedora Linux

This may work for CentOS/RHEL + EPEL, but I have not tested

Right now I know of no way to get this working on silverblue/rpm-ostree.

sudo dnf upgrade
sudo dnf install dkms make automake gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel elfutils-libelf-devel kernel-headers git

Then reboot your system.

Build and Install the First Driver

git clone -b v5.6.4.2 https://github.com/aircrack-ng/rtl8812au.git
cd rtl*
sudo make dkms_install

Then reboot your system. Rebooting may not be necessary here but I like to be safe

Build and Install the Second Driver

git clone https://github.com/aircrack-ng/rtl8814au.git
cd rtl8814au
sudo make dkms_install

One Final Reboot!

You should just be able to plug and play now. If you are still having issues, or have any questions, feel free to send a PR/Issue to me or the upstream projects!

Quick Problem Fix

If you are having any issues after something like a kernel update, this quick one-liner may be enough to fix it:

cd ~/rtl8812au && sudo make dkms_remove && git pull && sudo make dkms_install && cd ~/rtl8814au && sudo make dkms_remove && git pull && sudo make dkms_install && sudo reboot

(Updating your system first may also be smart)


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@ashafaei ashafaei commented Jan 14, 2021

Thank you! you saved us!

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@nickavem nickavem commented Jan 14, 2021

Thank you! you saved us!

No Problem! This took me an embarrassingly long amount of time to figure out. Glad I was able to help someone out from that!

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