Installing drivers for the Linksys AE6000 wifi dongle on Arch Linux
I bought a Linksys AE6000 wifi dongle for use on my Raspberry Pi, which runs Arch Linux ARM (for ARMv6). When plugged into the Pi’s usb port, it didn’t work. Unfortunately, the required drivers for the AE6000 were not provided by the base packages which were installed by default.
You can check if the wifi dongle has been correctly loaded by running
ip link to see if the wifi interface was created (usually it starts with the letter “w”, e.g.
wlp2s1). In my case, this was the output of the command:
As you can see, no interface was created for the dongle.
My realisation while searching for drivers
In my search for drivers, I spent a lot of time googling for the name of the product, “Linksys AE6000”, to no avail. After talking to a fellow linux guru, I learnt that most wireless adapters are based on only a few chipsets. What you actually want to find is a linux driver for the adapter’s chipset.
One easy way to find the chipset info is to run
lsusb while the dongle is plugged in.
The text in the square brackets,
MediaTek MT7610U, is the chipset.
If you don’t have the device yet, you could always do some googling. After a bit of googling, I found this page that contains the chipset.
Now, after googling for the chipset, “MediaTek MT7610U”, instead of the product name, it took me only about 2 minutes to find a nicely built package in the AUR (
mt7610u_wifi_sta) for the chipset drivers.
Finally, this is how I went about installing the required drivers for the Linksys AE6000. All you need to do is install the following chipset driver from the AUR using the AUR helper of your choice:
After this, reboot, and you will see the new interface in the output of
ip link. I was now able to use the dongle to connect to my wifi network.
Other installation info
If you don’t want to use the AUR, you can also download the linux source files for the chipset drivers off their website and build it yourself. Remember to install
base-devel because it’s not installed by default on Arch Linux ARM.