Hi! First of all I’d like to say in advance that I’m sorry if this is a silly or obvious question - I’ve never seriously used a linux system before so maybe there’s just something obvious I’m not getting. That being said: I recently decided to try out manjaro after only ever really using windows, but before even installing it, I noticed that the system running off my live usb wasn’t able to connect to the internet? I’m guessing it’s a hardware issue - I don’t have a wired connection and the only way my computer has to access wifi is through a usb dongle I bought off amazon a few years back, so maybe there are some drivers that I’d need to get or something?
Assuming the issue is drivers and not something else, I have 2 questions: 1. how can I find the correct driver for my device? and 2. how can I actually get the driver onto the device and installed without an internet connection? (and I guess as a sub-question of 2, is it even possible to install drivers on a live usb or will I need to properly install manjaro first?)
I dug through my amazon history so I could link to the exact dongle I have, but apparently since I’m a new user I can’t post links? I guess I’ll just say that it’s called “BrosTrend 1200Mbps USB WiFi Network Adapter” and the last part of the url (which I think is the important bit?) is /B01BV91L7Y
Thanks in advance for any help or advice you have!
Okay! So I couldn’t copy & past the results directly because of the lack of internet, but I did take a photo with my phone! (edit: looks like I can’t upload media so I’ll try to retype the important bits)
result of inxi -Nazy
I don’t think I need to copy every single result of lsusb so here’s the one that I think corresponds to my device? I can do more if that’s not right
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0bda:8812 Realtek Semicondoctor Corp. RTL8812AU 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2T2R DB WLAN Adapter
Looking at this, I think what I need is a driver for the RTL8812AU? Is that right? I do see some results when I google it so at least I know it’s not a totally meaningless string
So if that’s right, how would I get the drivers for it onto my computer without an internet connection? Or am I going to have to invest in a really long ethernet cable
Thank you so much for the help, this got it working! The one thing I’d mention in case anyone else reading this is a beginner like me is that when I entered the first command (sudo pacman etc.) it prompted me for which items to install (is that the right word to use?) and I just went with the default option of installing all.
This was actually a little bit of a problem because when I googled it it looked like there were also drivers required to tether to an iphone (which is what I have), but thankfully it turned out that I actually was somehow able to get access to a really long ethernet cord