List of USB Wireless Compatible with Linux + Support Master Mode

I have been looking for USB wireless adapter that works with master mode (AP) and it’s really a PITA job. The full list of supported devices available here: http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Devices/USB

BUT, it’s really difficult for me to find the device, some of them are outdated devices and most of them are not available in the market, and to check whether it supports master mode or not, I have to check it with Linux utilities (iwconfig). Here is what I found from Google:

http://home.comcast.net/~tomhorsley/hardware/rtl8192cu/rtl8192cu.html

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00333AWTA

http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/Hardware

Finally I found one with very cheap price (less than USD 10) which is TP-LINK WN422G with wireless-compat driver (ath9k_htc)

http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/ath9k_htc/devices

This device can work with hostapd. I use this device with ARM board (Samsung SMDK6410), running Linux 2.6.28

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4 thoughts on “List of USB Wireless Compatible with Linux + Support Master Mode

  1. halo pak, saya mau tanya, saya pake TP link TL-WN722N bagaimana caranya install driver untuk development board saya? apakah saya harus kompilasi at9k_htc dengan cross compiler? sy kmaren nyoba compile dengan gcc dan tidak menemukan file *.ko nya, saya menggunakan OK6410-B dengan kernel 2.6.36 mohon pencerahanya. trima kasih

    • Edit Makefile. Instead of using gcc, use toolchain. Jadi

      CC=gcc
      CC=/path/to/toolchain/arm-unknown-linux-gnueabi-gcc # (for example)

      Kalau mau edit sekalian INSTALL_PATH ke NFS root yang dipakai board atau ke root skeleton (i.e. staging, buildroot)

  2. Hi Dwi, driver ath9k_htc ini bener support master mode? Tapi kenapa di “iw list” ngga muncul AP interface mode ya?

    Saya pakai TL-WN722N, linux kernel 2.6.38.

    Thanks

    • Mas Arman, Support master atau enggak tergantung dari devicenya. Saya pakai *TP-Link WN422G v2*, yang pakai chip atheros, match sama ath9k_htc. Nemu seri WN422G ini juga setelah trial and error beberapa seri dan beberapa model yang berbeda.

      Plus dengan kernel vanilla atau dari BSP biasanya ga jalan out of the box (mac80211, cfg80211, hostap support bermasalah), triknya pakai code dari linuxwireless, patch kernel untuk wireless subsystem, check compatibility di sini:

      http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers

      Caveat: Gak semua wifi dongle dengan seri sama punya chip yang sama (beberapa pakai broadcom/bcm beberapa lagi pakai atheros). Sayangnya, TP-Link WN422G v2 ini agak susah dicari di Jakarta, tempo hari dapet di ITC BSD lantai 2 tinggal 2 buah, itupun sisa stock tahun lalu.

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