Thursday, March 8, 2012


We have at least 2 or 3 times a day on IRC the questions about compiling drivers (and more in the forum) and we always say that you have to patch them like explained in the wiki.

As said thousand of times (I just want to avoid having to say it again in the future), you should ALWAYS take the latest compat-wireless version NO MATTER what your kernel version is.

Compat-wireless version is related to the kernel version in a way that it has the features a kernel version has. So, there is no point in taking the same version as your kernel because all you will do is having the  features (and not fix anything) that you already had in your kernel (minus the patches from your distro if any were applied).

Compat-wireless with dates (instead of version) is the most up to date and it comes from git. So if you are not a developer (who wants to debug/work with them), then you should not use these.

You can get much more details (and downloads) on Linux Wireless website.

To summarize (or if you don't want to read anything else in this post): ALWAYS take the latest version of compat-wireless (don't take the one with dates).


  1. I mostly agree with you on the most recent compat-wireless version. I have had trouble patching certain drivers with updated compat-wireless; mostly due to incorrect patches being included with the ,then recent, version.

  2. their is a new version realesed it name backport ,contains all drivers

  3. I have a Samsung chromebook, which I installed Kali Linux, I bought a ar9721 usb , but it won't recognize it.
    it does show when I do lsusb . I am new to linux

    Thank you !

  4. still cant install my tp-link archer t2u usb dongle

  5. I am new to kali and unable to fix my wireless network adapter.
    lspci gives this
    08:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)

  6. for the Virtual Machine issues make sure you select the type of the USB to 3 instead of the default USB 2. this Fix some of the issues with the chip Ralink & Atheors . ALFA TP-LINK TENDA

  7. I had same issue but i have fixed with with help given had worked for me.At the same time its is dependend on harware too