I am running GNU/Linux only and I have trouble setting up my TP-Link T1U nano stick.
This is not for installation on a LEDE router, rather on each computer connected to wireless.
I am running GNU/Linux on each computer, except on under Mac OS X.
The binary kernel provider by TP-Link is a PITA and the free driver https://github.com/ulli-kroll/mt7610u is not fully working yet.
Apparently, there is no effort from TP-Linux to provide a compliant driver.
Which 5Hgz ac wireless USB stick would you recommend for GNU/Linux?
I am running latest 4.9 kernel, need a fully working USB stick.
It does not matter if I need to compile and if drivers are not in kernel.
I simply need something working for experimenting ac networks.
I tried actually to search for one last week, but noticed pretty quickly that practically all require some kernel driver installation & compilation plus that the possibly included Linux drivers are usually something for old 2.6-3.10 kernels.
"Well-supported Linux" device and out-of-tree drivers would be a contradiction in itself, as the vendor usually doesn't care anymore once they've thrown the code dump over the wall, which means bugs (and support for newer kernels) just won't get fixed unless the driver actually is mainline (non-staging) and of mainline quality.
For cfg80211 I will answer in general, I'm too lazy to look from which README.md is this sentence "out of scope".
I throw my code on github, so someone can look at it
For cfg80211 I must look in every source file for changes and rebase them onto my changes, which is impossible to resolve. Or take large amounts of time, which again is pointless because upstream will only accept drivers with mac80211 support.
For the driver name aka original I use common kernel hackers naming scheme.
vanilla Branch-> unmodified
For userspace support aka iwconfig/iw
I may work, this is the problem of the in driver 802.11 (wifi) stack.
Sometimes this is wrong/incomplete or whatever.
In mt7610u I detect I memory leak on monitor mode.
Actually on request for this exhibition http://lasact.de/
And I will get rid of this and here comes mac80211 in place.
But this takes large amounts of time to rewrite this.
Follow-up question: Are there any sticks that would work out of the box with precompiled LEDE 17.01.x? I'm not quite ready to give up on my WD N750s yet, they work exceptionally well, but I'd like to get AC wifi going. They don't even have to be "nano", space is not an issue.