A WiFi Dongle For Linux - Zorin

I have noticed quite a few people asking about buying and using a dongle that will work on Zorin ..... I have one and have been using it for at least 4 months .....

With the help of Aravisian who found the drivers on line and made a list of terminal commands we managed to get it install ..... here is how we did it and where to get the dongle .....

Now this dongle comes with WiFi and Bluetooth or if you don't need Bluetooth some places like Newegg and Amazon sell one without Bluetooth ....

First the dongle:


Please see the answer to the second question .... it says for Linux find the driver online ..... Aravisian already did that for you ... see instructions


Now the magic supplied by Aravisian ......



I would go with the cilynx repo:

![|16x32](file:///tmp/lu7507784kmy0.tmp/lu7507784kmy6_tmp_beeef952abf25e4a.gif) GitHub

GitHub - cilynx/rtl88x2bu: rtl88x2bu driver updated for current kernels.

rtl88x2bu driver updated for current kernels. Contribute to cilynx/rtl88x2bu development by creating an account on GitHub.

git clone https://github.com/cilynx/rtl88x2bu.git

cd rtl88x2bu

VER=$(sed -n 's/\PACKAGE_VERSION="\(.*\)"/\1/p' dkms.conf)

sudo rsync -rvhP ./ /usr/src/rtl88x2bu-${VER}

sudo dkms add -m rtl88x2bu -v ${VER}

sudo dkms build -m rtl88x2bu -v ${VER}

sudo dkms install -m rtl88x2bu -v ${VER}

sudo dkms install -m rtl88x2bu -v ${VER}

Using DKMS should prevent you from having the wifi fail if the kernel gets upgraded.

Please follow all the steps laid out above and your dongle will now work .... no disk required


Or you could get a second hand Netgear WG111 v3 off eBay:


They work out of the box. 2.4 Ghz band only and WPA2 compliant. It should be noted that whilst 2.4 GHz is slower than 5 GHz it offers a more stable connection and fewer disconnects/reconnects.

Or get ones that are known to work from thinkpenguin.com:


The latest standards for security are WPA3 - OpenWrt 21.02 Arrives With Linux Kernel 5.4 & WPA3 Support

Open wrt has a list of routers that can be modified. If your ISP provided you with a router they will have stripped all the decent chips out for their own inferior chipset. So the other side to this in respect of wifi is to invest in a customisable router.

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