Getting an ASUS USB-AC53 Nano working on Ubuntu 20.04


I recently built a PC for myself, and refused to pay the $200 or so to also get a Windows 10 license.

Instead, I’ve I’ve been using Ubuntu as my daily driver and it’s worked well up until I added an ASUS USB Wi-Fi adaptor. So what is it, anyway?

$ lsusb | grep -i asus
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 0b05:184c ASUSTek Computer, Inc. 802.11ac NIC

I searched for the device ID (0b05:184c), and managed to successfully build and install the driver on 5.4.0-33-generic.

The following thread was most helpful, albeit slightly outdated:

And of course, the repo (and author) itself:

And as a note-to-self:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential dkms git
git clone
cd rtl88x2bu
VER=$(sed -n 's/\PACKAGE_VERSION="\(.*\)"/\1/p' dkms.conf)
sudo rsync -rvhP ./ /usr/src/rtl88x2bu-${VER}
sudo dkms add -m rtl88x2bu -v ${VER}
sudo dkms build -m rtl88x2bu -v ${VER}
sudo dkms install -m rtl88x2bu -v ${VER}
sudo modprobe 88x2bu