January 20, 2021, 4:16am
This is a Feature request for future GL iNet firmware: Support for USB WIFI Adapters
For multiple reasons users need to add a USB WIFI adapter to their GL iNet travel router, which the GL iNet GUI does not handle, and I have seen the GL iNet GUI overwrite changes that I have made to my router configuration with LUCI, to get my USB WIFI adapter to work. Right now the only way to configure a USB WIFI adapter is to flash the router with a generic version of OpenWrt, and give up on the GL iNet firmware. You loose a lot of features when you do this.
My reason for needing a USB WIFI adapter is I need to reach an AP that is out of range of my AR300M16-ext. Using generic OpenWrt firmware on my AR300M16-ext with a $10.00 RT3070 USB WIFI adapter shows more then a 20db improvement over the AR300M16-ext radio. I purchased the “ext” model of the AR300M16 so I would have an extended WIFI range device, but the product is not that good when compared to some inexpensive USB WIFI adapters that are readily available.
In the forum post:
GL-AR150 router with extra USB wifi device - #17 by nonames
Sorry not ignoring. But didn’t have a good solution for you. We are not good at antenna design.
The GL iNet travel routers support USB modems, USB storage, and USB tethering, but there is no support for USB WIFI. Even if the support started with only supporting the RT3070 chipset, that would help most of the requests I have seen in this forum. As the driver for the RT3070 is already in the GL iNet routers, it is only a user space software change.
Here are several posts to the forum looking for help or support of USB WIFI devices on GL iNet routers:
I have a few questions for my project. I want to create a wireless router, where the WAN side is also wireless via the USB port.
Does anybody have any experience connecting a USB Wifi antenna with the RT3070 or RTL8188EUS chip set? Will I require additional drivers?
It is not clear to me whether the GL-AR150 or the GL-MT300N is more suited for this project. They seem very similar to me.
On a separate note: If any Dutch person on this forum (Jan-Willem? Jeroen? Frietpan?) would like to …
I was looking for a router to use in my RV that would provide Wireless Wan connectivity using a USB wifi stick. Even though this mode is not described in the Slate (GL-AR750s-ext) docs, I decided to give it a try.
After setting up the unit and testing the various internet connection modes in the admin panel with some success… ie got the wired Wan and tethering to a 4g stick to work… I could not get the unit to recognize my Panda PAUO5 stick, or so I thought.
I discovered the Advanced menu unde…
I have searched the forum as well as some openwrt ressources and I understand that gl-inet firmware currently only supports external adapter with Brume so far. However, I’m currently clinging on to a network with only 9-16 SNR and really could do with a little boost as I’m not sure how long I will have to stay here.
Looking at the options, I think the easiest turn-key option would be an external USB WiFi adapter configured through LuCi.
I don’t have the equipment or ability to modify the board…
I just received a Mt300n-v2 Travel Router and got it updated to the latest GL.iNet firmware. Very neat little device. I do have some questions and concerns though.
From what I’m reading here on the forums and on the net, it looks like the MediaTek MT7628 used in the Mt300n-v2 Travel Router does not allow for any wireless configuration from within the OpenWRT Luci interface. I would really like to utilize the full functionality of OpenWRT with Luci and all of the software packages, but s…
Not necessarily design, but SW integration of existing products. Still looking for a dual range USB antenna that works with MT300N V2.
Will order the 13dbi rod antenna with claimed 1000mW and RT3070 for the AR300M-Lite.
I just got a GL-MT300A and setup has been pretty easy, I’m running a similar setup as this other post:
wifi adapter in usb AR-150
My set up:
Ralink 3070 Long range USB adapter: Card King KW-3016
(this is self powered card and connected to a 2A usb power adapter.
Radio 0 is set up as Master with a new SSID for my LAN
Radio 1 (usb adapter) is set up as client connecting to wifi network as WISP.
My Problem is the wifi performance. When using LAN wifi a speed test will sho…
I just purchased a GL-MT300A-EXT to replace a TP-LINK MR3020 I was using as a OpenVpn client. This little thing is right now I’m in a hotel using a Vosnet Ethernet Bridge to connect to the wifi and the MT300A acts as a router for me. Which I’ve found to be much more reliable than using WISP mode.
What I’d like to be able to do is put a USB Wifi Adapter into the USB port. Is there a list of support devices? I’ve tried the two I have which are a ESynic NT029 (AC) and a TPLink WN832N…
Hi, Can I insert the Ralink tech wireless-N USB adapter outdoor Wifi Rocket into the GL-MT300N-V2 USB port and connect to me home wifi signal 150 ft from my home modem? Basically I want the rocket to amplify the signal to the MT300. if yes, how is this done. Thanks for any help or advise …
I’d like to plug a USB wifi dongle into the b1300 device. Are there any known usb drivers that work? If no, is there any information on how to add/build a device?
Hey gl.inet community. I am new to the forum and want to start off by saying how happy I am with the GL-AR300M. I have a question that may or may not have been covered already - I apologize if it has been, and I have looked for someone with my particular question for a few days, with no luck. I was wondering if I could use the usb port of the AR300M (the model with the internal wifi antenna) to run a wifi antenna to receive wifi from a friend who lives a couple houses down and then the internal …
Thank you for your consideration.
January 20, 2021, 11:25pm
Should be a sticky topic at the top of the forum.
Supporting even a single generic chipset that’s already fully supported by OpenWRT would be an amazing improvement!
March 27, 2021, 4:11am
3070 and 8187 chipset are very common old wifi 2.4G chipset and should already been supported. But you need to configure in luci.
Supporting every chipset that openwrt has already supported, may be that you can install the kmod of the wifi driver and configure that manually. Luci is also developed for compatibility. We are not replicating its job, but rather, just reserving it.
For some new dual-band wifi chip, may not be supported by openwrt as well. So on MV1000 we did a lot of work to make them work. Pls note, some of the wifi drivers may not be open source because of the code license.
So, things are complicated and we always try to improve, but with priorities.
Is there a WIFI dongle that works out of the box on the MT1300? One that extends the wifi coverage at say a baseball field?
December 22, 2022, 8:22pm
Like you want a wifi dongle to cover an entire baseball field? If that’s your goal you’re probably going to be better off with a real wireless access point.
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## USB WiFi Adapters that are supported with Linux ```in-kernel``` drivers
```in-kernel``` means plug and play, no need to install a driver.
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Market Conditions: 2022-09-20 - Many good adapters are available. Prices for some, but not all, adapters are still higher than before the pandemic and certainly higher than we would like to see. The global shortage of chips caused by fab plants being shut down for periods during 2020/2021 and the inadequate investment in new fab plants for many years has led to tight markets that have caused high prices for some products and shortages of some products. This problem has recently been compounded by international shipping problems, continued outbreaks of COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine. Higher than normal prices as well as periodic shortages may continue for some time...possibly into 2023. Most of you should be able to find something that meets your needs at a price you can afford if you shop around.
WARNING: I am seeing reports that concern me from users that want to buy adapters based on the mt7921au chipset. They are ending up with adapters that use the rtl8832au chipset due to bad information on some websites. One adapter in particular, Comfast CF-952AX, has been purchased due to ads that say it has the mt7921au chipset. However, it contains the rtl8832au chipset which is a really bad chipset for Linux users. The list below is carefully constructed and maintained to provide information and links that are known to be good. Mistakes can be made and I want to hear about mistakes so they can be corrected. An example of how this site is careful about information and links is that recently Netgear released a new adapter called the A8000. All evidence points to this adapter using the mt7921au chipset but the available evidence is not conclusive at this point so the adapter is not listed yet. Be careful with online information.
### Tri Band USB WiFi Adapters that are supported with Linux ```in-kernel``` drivers
#### AX3000 - USB3.0 - 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 6 GHz (WiFi 6E)
I picked up an mt7612 usb wifi chipset and it works fine at 5ghz under Openwrt with the kmod packages installed.
For the next version of the brume2 and travel routers with USB-C power, having 2 fully powered USB3 ports would be a nice feature for expansion.