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    Phoronix: Mediatek MT76 WiFi Driver Seeing Nice Improvements For Linux 5.10

    For those making use of the "MT76" WiFi driver for Mediatek MT76 series wireless support, the Linux 5.10 kernel should be a nice upgrade...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...iFi-Linux-5.10

  • #2
    Hm, I think I have one of these MT76 USB WiFi devices, I'll have to see if I can try it out.

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    • #3
      I have this one(chipset MT7612U): https://deviwiki.com/wiki/ASUS_USB-AC54

      With the performance improvements there is a significant reduction in interrupt load to "a small fraction" of what it was before with the MT7615 and newer.
      Seems like my chipset is too old and doesn't benefit much from these 5.10 improvements?

      Are there any good 802.11ax USB dongles? (is there even one with mainline kernel driver?)

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      • #4
        If it includes better MT7621 support for my router then it will be great for OpenWRT. If not then not.

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        • #5
          Who's working on this? Mediatek themselves? 'Cause normally, people keep shouting that Mediatek doesn't care about Linux...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Vistaus View Post
            Who's working on this? Mediatek themselves? 'Cause normally, people keep shouting that Mediatek doesn't care about Linux...
            OpenWrt developer. Mediatek paid him to write an upstream kernel driver.

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            • #7
              This news story is confusing. It mostly references mt76 support for embedded hardware. People run OpenWrt on these devices, not mainline kernels.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by polarathene View Post
                I have this one(chipset MT7612U): https://deviwiki.com/wiki/ASUS_USB-AC54



                Seems like my chipset is too old and doesn't benefit much from these 5.10 improvements?

                Are there any good 802.11ax USB dongles? (is there even one with mainline kernel driver?)
                I use a PCIE card based on Intel AX201. (Could not find a non-Intel one when I bought this a year ago.) Works out the box on OpenSuse Tumbleweed. I'm sure a usb one would work just fine.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mangix View Post
                  This news story is confusing. It mostly references mt76 support for embedded hardware. People run OpenWrt on these devices, not mainline kernels.
                  OpenWRT upgrades their kernels every so often though so eventually it will be helpful for openwrt users.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mangix View Post
                    This news story is confusing. It mostly references mt76 support for embedded hardware. People run OpenWrt on these devices, not mainline kernels.
                    Some of the chipsets like the MT7615 are available as oversized mPCIE cards.

                    Still, there isn't much point in rigging one to use as a client card since they require four antennas.

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