Linux 5.11 To Properly Support The Keyboard Of Newer ASUS Gaming Laptops

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 31 October 2020 at 12:00 AM EDT. 8 Comments
The Linux 5.11 kernel will bring support for the ASUS "N-Key" keyboard that is used by nearly all of the current ASUS gaming laptops.

This keyboard has a product ID of 0x1866 and basically used across the current line-up of ASUS gaming laptops. Standard keyboard functionality works with existing kernels, but the next cycle will bring support for the function keys and other controls.

A 100+ lines of code patch to the Linux HID-ASUS driver is required for supporting this keyboard. With the HID-ASUS support for the ASUS N-Key keyboard, the Fn+key hotkeys and keyboard backlight brightness controls are among the functionality now working under Linux. The fn+key hotkeys include extras like calculator, aura lighting mode, and fan control.

The patch is queued in HID's for-next until the Linux 5.11 cycle opens in December and then releases as stable in early 2021. Or the patch should also apply cleanly to the current Linux 5.10 code-base if wanting this functionality working on your Linux gaming laptop today. This support sadly but not surprisingly supplied by ASUS but rather the open-source community.
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