Tuesday, June 17, 2014

USB-Ethernet adapter on Linux

Looking for a USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter, I bought this one. It uses the AX88179 chipset and this thing runs well under Windows, Linux and OSX.
The manufacturer, Asix, is nice enough to provide Linux drivers on their website. The drivers are, apparently, built-in if one runs Kernel 3.8 or higher. If you're running Ubuntu 12.04, like me, then you currently have Kernel 3.5.
In case you prefer to add a PPA and load the driver from there, here you go.

To summarize: If you run Kernel 3.8 or higher, it's plug and play. If you run something lower, then use the driver from the Asix website or type this into the terminal:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:qji/ax88179
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ax88179