I'm working on a project where I need a dual-band 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi dongle with monitor mode support. I have done extensive googling to find a dongle that is dual band, supports monitor mode, can be powered by the RPi (many 802.11ac dongles require too much power and needs a separate USB hub, so I have already thrown away two of those) and also comes with a Linux driver. The latest failed attempt was to buy an ASUS N-53 dongle which according to all forum threads I found should be a bullet proof solution.
This is what lsusb and dsmeg output looks like:
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[email protected] /usr/Sam $ lsusb Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0b05:180b ASUSTek Computer, Inc.
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[email protected] /usr/Sam $ dmesg [ 402.181336] usb 1-1.5: new high-speed USB device number 5 using dwc_otg [ 402.283236] usb 1-1.5: New USB device found, idVendor=0b05, idProduct=180b [ 402.283280] usb 1-1.5: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2,SerialNumber=3 [ 402.283301] usb 1-1.5: Product: 802.11ac WLAN [ 402.283319] usb 1-1.5: Manufacturer: MediaTek Inc. [ 402.283336] usb 1-1.5: SerialNumber: 000000000
I'm quite fed up wasting money and time on the wrong hardware, and given what I see on other forum threads on this topic there's a lot of other people in the same situation. What I wonder is this:
1. Does anyone know if there is a Linux driver that works with the ASUS MediaTek N-53 dongle I have here now (on an RPi B+)? I'm running Raspbian (just upgraded to the latest version).
2. If not, could someone give a specific advice on what kind of dongle I could use? Doesn't matter if it's 802.11ac capable as long as it's dual-band. I already have all links to all pages listing all dongles that should work, so I really wonder if someone has actually tested something and can point at a specific product?
Help on this would be very appreciated.