Wifi USB dongle support?


#1

Anyone using a USB Wifi dongle with their Silverblue install?


#2

Define “using” :wink: I have one - Ralink Technology, Corp. RT5372 Wireless Adapter. It seems to receive OK but it will not come up as a hotspot in Silverblue, or, for that matter, Fedora Workstation. It does work with other distros, however. I need to go hunting for WiFi troubleshooting tips.


#3

FYI this thread has started with a similar question and as yet no answers: https://www.reddit.com/r/Fedora/comments/9zsm1g/usb_ac_wifi_native_compatibility/


#4

That is me… on reddit. I’m lebel there too :slight_smile:


#5

I recall reading online that TP-Link AC adapters work well, and Panda Wireless doesn’t do AC only goes up to AC600 but makes great ones.


#6

Success! After many months of successful operation of the Ralink Technology, Corp. RT5372 on Arch Linux as a hotspot, it suddenly stopped working. The issue appears to have been an upgrade of wpa_supplicant from 1:2.6-12 to 1:2.7-1. I did a little investigation with journalctl on Arch, but since it was the same symptom I had on Silverblue, I decided to try creating a hotspot with create_ap.

create_ap works with this device on both Arch Linux and Silverblue 29. To install on Silverblue:

  1. sudo rpm-ostree install hostapd and reboot.
  2. Run this script:
#! /bin/bash

mkdir -p ~/Installers
pushd ~/Installers
rm -fr create_ap*
git clone https://github.com/oblique/create_ap.git
cd create_ap
sed -i 's;usr;var/usrlocal;' Makefile
sudo make install
which create_ap

The create_ap executable is a bash script. create_ap --help will tell you how to use it.