Does ALFA 1900 Wi-Fi Adapter work with ANY GL.iNET Repeaters?

Hello

I am looking for a GL.INET Wi-fi Repeater that is capable of supporting ALFA 1900/ AWUS1900 adapter. Are there any compatible repeaters?

If ALFA 1900 is not supported, are there any other long-range wi-fi Adapters that have been tested to work with Brume, Beryl, or Slate?

Sincerely, appreciate all your advice!

The Alfa AWUS1900 uses the Realtek RTL8814AU chipset, so it needs an OpenWRT driver package with name similar to kmod-rtl8812au. I could not find such a driver on my Brume, nor Slate routers.

You may have better luck with a wifi adapter using the MediaTek MT7612U chipset, which works on my both my Slate and Shadow routers. It seems not so easy to find 3rd-party USB wifi adapters that work with OpenWRT.

I do not work for and I do not have formal association with GL.iNet

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Thank you so much for responding!
I will definitely look into adapters with 7612u chipset.

Do you think there is a chance of Ralink RT5572 chipset working with Brume or Baryl?

Ideally, I wanted to get Beryl as it’s locally available but looks like it has it’s own wifi adapter, not sure if it even compatible with external wifi adapters.

Here is the list of Ralink drivers on my Brume, but no RT5572:

I have doubts that the Beryl will have many more drivers.

The Afla AWUS036ACM uses the MediaTek MT7612U chipset.

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Thank you so much! This is extremely helpful!

In my region, I can only get Beryl or Slate, which are basically priced about the same. I guess I have no option of ordering Brume, so I have no choice but to order the Beryl… and hope that it will be integrated with AWUS036ACM.

I can also get the GL.iNET GL-MT300N-V2, but I think it will be too weak.

Speaking of adapters, I was planning to order the AWUS036ACM this evening, but i noticed that There are TWO version of the adapter, one in Blue Packaging, the other is in White packaging.

White box
https://www.amazon.com/Network-AWUS036ACM-Long-Range-Wide-Coverage-High-Sensitivity/dp/B08BJS8FXD

Blue box
https://www.amazon.com/Alfa-AWUS036ACM-Long-Range-Dual-Band-Wireless/dp/B073X6RL9D

Do you happen to know in which box did your adapter came in?

I bought a cheap, generic version with MT7612U chipset for <1/2 the price of the Alfa branded adapter. There are several generic products on Amazon if you search for “MT7612U” on their website. I am in Canada and different markets/countries may have different products.

From the photos, it looks like the Blue box one has a USB cable with a cradle to mount the adapter standing up, whereas the White box only has a blue USB extension cable. My generic version includes the USB cable with a cradle.

Also check out this thread for some discussion of using MT761x devices: GL-AR300M Shadow 5GHz dongle?

Note that there may still be some issues with these Mediatek chipsets. I am currently testing MT7610U with plain OpenWRT (not GL.inet firmware) so I can’t compare directly to @wcs2228 as I think he is testing MT7612U with GL.inet firmware. But vanilla OpenWRT had some bugs with the MT7610U in version 21, and while it’s improved in version 22, I still haven’t verified a lack of major problems.

I am currently testing an Alfa AWUS036ACHM which is designed for high power and long range, but, it is only a 1x1:1 unit.