I understand the USB2 bus will limit the speed gain from the 802.11ac network interface. I still would rather buy a 802.11ac usb dongle as its primary use will not be with the raspberry pi.

Is there a usb 802.11 ac dongle on the market with drivers for the pi?

  • pcworld.com/article/2090556/… This article compares performance of a handful of dongles. No mention of Raspberry Pi compatibility, though...
    – notlesh
    Commented Apr 4, 2015 at 16:38
  • Interestingly, the article from @stephelton suggests that USB2 is not an important limitation.
    – Sparhawk
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 2:18
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    What other choice do you have? The ethernet port on the RPi is also just an USB dongle. The same USB2 bus limit is present there. So even if the USB2 bus is limiting speed (which shouldn't be for WiFi): You have no choice. As for what dongle to buy: Any dongle with linux support will do. Also any dongle for the RPi will work in your PC too. Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 10:34
  • @GoswinvonBrederlow: Choices? Well 802.11a, b ,g or n dongles which are known to have drivers properly working with the PI... So far I have had no clear indication of which 802.11ac dongle has drivers compatible with raspbian or any ARMv6 distro.
    – Coyote
    Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 12:30

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There's plenty of USB 2.0 AC adaptors!

For example the TRENDnet TEW-805UB. It uses the RTL8812AU chipset which driver can be found on github.


get a Linksys WUMC710 bridge and plug it in to that. There is definitely an advantage. I can watch full 1080 20GB files over wireless. You can't do that on N.

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    On "N"? This should be explained a little more verbose to make the unfamiliar reader understand what might be meant.
    – Ghanima
    Commented Apr 9, 2015 at 6:58
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    How does this help? The OP asked for a USB 802.11ac dongle, not a router/extender.
    – Piotr Kula
    Commented May 9, 2015 at 17:39
  • @ppumkin I think scott is suggesting connecting the Rpi to the router via ethernet.
    – Sparhawk
    Commented May 20, 2015 at 23:59
  • A link and a couple of words is what were trying to avoid at SE for the sake of future viewers;)
    – NULL
    Commented May 22, 2015 at 10:32
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    This is not a solution for me, I run the Pi directly from a car's 12V->USB adapter with such a device it will not be possible.
    – Coyote
    Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 12:34

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