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Asus USB-AC56 AC1200 (Dual Band, WiFi Adapter, USB 3.0)

Network 802.11ac, Asus, USB, USB 3.0

Asus USB-AC56 AC1200 (Dual Band, WiFi Adapter, USB 3.0)
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Updated: 11/07/2016 20:38

Review of Linux Compatibility

The Asus USB-AC56 is a WiFi stick for the USB 3.0 port and has the USB ID 0b05:17d2

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0b05:17d2 ASUSTek Computer, Inc.

The USB-AC56 bases on the Realtek RTL8812AU chipset an supports WiFi connectection according to IEEE 802.11ac standard. Until now there is no automatic support of the USB-AC56 in the Linux kernel.

Edimax provides a Linux driver in version 4.2.2 for download. This driver has to be compiled and installed by hand, which as a prerequisite needs under Ubuntu the installation of the build-essentials:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential

Afterwards, the downloaded driver has to be unpacked and the kernel module 8812au can be compiled:

cd ~/Downloads/rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux-master
sudo make install

The compiled kernel module 8812au, which is compiled by these commands, can be loaded into the kernel by:

sudo modprobe 8812au

The version 4.2.2 of this driver supports only a very limited WiFi coverage. The newer version 4.2.5, which can be downlaoded at the Asus homepage achieves a higher WiFi range but is only compatible to the kernel versionen 2.6.18 to 3.10. A modified version of the Asus 4.2.5 driver can be found at, which is compatible to Linux kernel versions up to 3.13.

Identified Hardware Configurations (2 Results)

This hardware component was used by Linux users under the following system configurations. These results were collected by our LHG Scan Tool:
Scan Date
Kali GNU/Linux Rolling 4.6.0-kali1-amd64 - 07/09/2016
Kali GNU/Linux Rolling 4.3.0-kali1-amd64 - 23/03/2016

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