Our wifi adapter chipsets and drivers are developed by Realtek and are published under the GPLv2 open source license. We package the source code in .deb format, you may download and uncompress the following files to get it:
- rtl8812au-dkms.deb for the old AC1L and AC3L version 1 models (before 2019)
- rtl88x2bu-dkms.deb for the new AC1L and AC3L version 2 models
- rtl8821cu-dkms.deb for AC5L
In Debian or Ubuntu based distributions, the installer downloads and installs the appropriate .deb package and its prerequisites like dkms and the kernel headers, and it also adds our repository in the apt sources to enable automatic driver updates.
In non-Debian based distributions, the installer downloads the appropriate .deb package but it doesn’t install it. It uncompresses it to get the source code and register it in the dkms system so that it’s automatically recompiled when new kernels are installed. Unfortunately we do not provide rpm, pacman, portage or slp repositories at this point, so if you ever upgrade to a very new kernel, you might need to manually fetch our latest drivers by running our installer once more.