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About the Asus USB-N14 Wireless-N300 adapter

Some of you know that I’m running Ubuntu at home (and at work, most of the time). So when I bought a new computer two weeks ago (have forgotten to blog about that (stay tuned)), I needed a USB wifi adapter as the motherboard dindn’t have an integrated one. I forgot to search high and low before ordering, so I just took the newest Asus (as I have an Asus router) adapter that had a fair price.

The Asus USB-N14 Wireless-N300 USB Adapter (that is one long name) did (not surprisingly) not work out of the box on Ubuntu 14.04. So I downloaded the driver using my phone and extracted it to my computer, but when I tried to compile the code I always got two compile errors. So after a lot of googling and trying to fix the error I just have up.

So I decided to send it back and order a new one. I went for the little sibling USB-N13 Wireless-N300 Adapter, this was mostly because most of the answers that I tried for myy N14 where reported to work with the N13. So when I hooked it up it was detected automagically by my computer, but of course couldn’t use it to use the internet. It would only connect. So I went to my backup plan and followed these simple steps (that are taken from this GitHub-page https://github.com/pvaret/rtl8192cu-fixes):

Ensure you have the necessary prerequisites installed:

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

Clone this repository:

git clone https://github.com/pvaret/rtl8192cu-fixes.git

Set it up as a DKMS module:

sudo dkms add ./rtl8192cu-fixes

Build and install it (the version at the end may be updated, so double check with the git repo to be sure):

sudo dkms install 8192cu/1.9

Refresh the module list:

sudo depmod -a

Ensure the native (and broken) kernel driver is blacklisted:

sudo cp ./rtl8192cu-fixes/blacklist-native-rtl8192.conf /etc/modprobe.d/

And reboot. You’re done.

Thanks to P. Varet!

Look what I made

Some weeks ago I bought a Game Boy Advance SP without a charger. Since I can’t replace the batteries I ordered a cheap recharger online.  Cost me around $3, so it was rather cheap. While I was looking for cheap chargers I found an “How To” about making my outlet charger to an USB charger. So I tried it out, and it works!