MediaTek 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi Linux Driver Installation

Target Devices

Adapters with chipset: MT7610U, MT7612U

Chipset Vendor Model
MT7610U To be added To be added
MT7612U ALFA Network AWUS036ACM

Driver Information

Developed collaboratively by open community members and MediaTek. πŸ‘

MT7610U and MT7612U drivers are mainlined since 4.19.

Distributions With Out-Of-The-Box Support

Distribution Since Version
Kali Linux 2019.3
Parrot OS 4.7
Ubuntu LTS with HWE 18.04.3 (Bionic Beaver)
Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo)
Linux Mint 19.3 (Tricia)
Fedora 30
Arch Linux 2018.12.01

Driver Installation

Debian 10 (Buster)

MT7610U and MT7612U support require the presence of both driver (kernel module) and firmware (some binary blob) to work. While the driver is included in the kernel package of Debian 10, the firmware resides in non-free archive area, which is, by Debian’s distribution policy, not included by default.

To deal with the situation, if you’re going to perform a fresh install, do it with a image from images including firmware packages.

For machines that already have Debian 10 installed and running, you might need to manually add non-free component and install package firmware-misc-nonfree from it.

Steps to Install Firmware

Add non-free component to sources.list according to this example.

Then

Appendixes

VID/PID

References

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