TP-Link TL-WN881ND (802.11n, PCIe, 300Mbps)

Network 802.11n, PCIe, TP-Link, WiFi

TP-Link TL-WN881ND (802.11n, PCIe, 300Mbps)
Linux compatibility:
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Updated: 10/04/2016 02:43

Review of Linux Compatibility

The PCI-Express network card TP-Link TL-WN881ND bases on the Atheros AR9287 chipset, and is fully supported by Linux.

02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Qualcomm Atheros AR9287 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:002e] (rev 01)
	Subsystem: Qualcomm Atheros Device [168c:30a4]
	Kernel driver in use: ath9k

The card is controlled by the kernel module ath9k, which loads automatically:

ath: EEPROM regdomain: 0x809c
ath: EEPROM indicates we should expect a country code
ath: doing EEPROM country->regdmn map search
ath: country maps to regdmn code: 0x52
ath: Country alpha2 being used: CN
ath: Regpair used: 0x52
ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'minstrel_ht'
ieee80211 phy0: Atheros AR9287 Rev:2 mem=0xffffc900076a0000, irq=16

Manufacturer specification can be found at http://www.tp-link.com/us/products/details/?categoryid=240&model=TL-WN881ND.


Identified Hardware Configurations (4 Results)

This hardware component was used by Linux users under the following system configurations. These results were collected by our LHG Scan Tool:
Distribution
Kernel
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Linux Mint 18 Sarah 4.4.0-21-generic The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5 20/07/2016
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 4.4.0-22-generic The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5 31/05/2016
Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca 3.13.0-37-generic The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5 07/02/2015
Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS 3.13.0-34-generic The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 5 out of 5 25/01/2015

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 6 Comments

  • Davide on said:

    Someone can tell me if this card need non-free software in order to working whit a full free GNU/Linux Distribution

  • Nathan Catt on said:

    Can’t get it to work. Should it be plug and play? I have the following installation:
    Tiger Debian 7.4 Wheezy
    64-bit
    Kernel Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64
    Gnome 3.4.2
    Processor Intel Core 2 CPU 6300 1.86Ghzx2
    I don’t have a wired connection so wondering if that’s what I need to download the right driver?

    • AMD_Fan on said:

      The ath9k module should be part of recent kernels. No download of additional drivers is necessary. You can check by

      lspci -nnk

      if it was loaded for your TL-WN881ND (shown by “Kernel driver in use”)

      It could be that your kernel version 3.2.0 is too old. According to
      https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/users/drivers/ath9k
      the ath9k was added to the kernel in version 2.6.27, however, I do not know if 3.2.0 already supported the Qualcomm Atheros AR9287 chipset.

    • Phillip on said:

      I am running Open Suse Leap 42.1 and I also don’t have any plug and play joy. I expected to shut the computer down, install the card and boot the PC back up in order to have wifiness, but no. :-(

    • AndyPipkin on said:

      Hi Phillip,
      is it still the same chipset used on the TP-Link board? Sometimes the manufacturers silently produce new revisions of their cards and change chipsets.

      The easiest way would be, if you perform a hardware scan, see
      http://www.linux-hardware-guide.com/add-hardware
      or at least leave us the output of “lspci -nnk”.
      The LHG team then could check your uploaded data for chipset information and log errors.

    • Phillip on said:

      I figured it out. The problem is that Suse ships with the network manager installed in the tray but not activated. It uses wicked instead. Once I ran through the Wicked configuration, it worked.

      Bad Suse!

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