Support for rtl8821CU wifi driver

#1

Hi there,

I’ve got a Mecool M8S Pro+, which has the infamous 9082xs… So I decided to buy a wifi dongle for that device. I checked the topic regarding usb dongles and the RTL8811AU seemed to be a good option: Working USB Wifi/Ethernet adapters for CoreELEC

So I decided to buy this one from AE: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/600Mbps-USB-wireless-wifi-Adapter-2-4GHz-5GHz-WiFi-with-Antenna-Dual-Band-PC-Mini-Computer/32851839784.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.51bb4c4dHdMMIS

But the module seems to be a RTL8811CU instead of a RTL8811AU… So when I expected to have it working out-of-the-box, it didn’t happen… I was surprised when discovered that drivers seem to be compatible between them according to Realtek:
https://www.realtek.com/en/component/zoo/category/rtl8811cu-software
For Realtek USB WLAN Family Controller. The driver released on the website only supports the following products: RTL8812AU/RTL8811AU/RTL8192EU/RTL8812BU/RTL8811CU/RTL8814AU: WLAN-only solutions, install WLAN driver

Did a dmesg which gave me:
[ 4475.638832@3] usb 1-1: new high-speed USB device number 8 using xhci-hcd
[ 4475.779121@0] usb 1-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=c811
[ 4475.779134@0] usb 1-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[ 4475.779139@0] usb 1-1: Product: 802.11ac NIC
[ 4475.779145@0] usb 1-1: Manufacturer: Realtek
[ 4475.779150@0] usb 1-1: SerialNumber: 123456

I’ve found some “source” code from a Github repository which claims to have obtained the drivers from the CD that comes with the dongle: https://github.com/whitebatman2/rtl8821CU

Can this driver be used with CE?

Thank you very much in advance!

PS: just found another source https://github.com/uzh-rpg/rpg_dwa171_wifidongle
PS2: and another one https://github.com/yklove/rtl8821cu

#2

Open a dispute with seller whilst waiting.
You’ll get at least a partial refund.
Sending stuff back to China is a real pain in the arse.
Customs forms etc.
At least the seller won’t sell these adapters with incorrectly advertised chips.

#3

Well, I don’t really want a refund for the item. My question is about the possibility of compile those drivers for CE. Can it be done?