Is a USB dongle with an active 3/4G data SIM trackable?

Let’s say I buy a second hand USB dongle and put in a pre-paid and unregistered data sim card. At the time of the purchase for both items my face was covered, paid cash and I live 500 miles from the purchase location.

I stick the dongle into my laptop that runs a linux live operating system. I go to a certain website once in a while where my IP is revealed and the adversary here is a government agency with massive resources. How accurately can they locate me?

As far as I understand the IMEI of the device and sim info will be broadcasted to the Internet provider. Also with cellular triangulation they will be able to pin point to an area. I understand that I can be located to SOME extent but to what extent? How close can they get? Within 1 mile? within 100 meters? within 10 meters?

How do I connect to CSR 4.0 bluetooth dongle

I have Bluetooth wireless dongle CSR 4.0. When I try to find it using bluetooth le scanner on my phone, I am unable to see it. My endgoal is to have the app on my phone connect to it and they communicate back and forth with each other. So my phone should be the master.

I have shown below the commands and its results.

1.lsusb

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0b95:772a ASIX Electronics Corp. AX88772A Fast Ethernet Bus 001 Device 011: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode) Bus 001 Device 003: ID 05e3:0610 Genesys Logic, Inc. 4-port hub Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0000:0000    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub 

2.tail -f /var/log/syslog

Sep 23 19:55:32 blue kernel: [21008.990617] usb 1-1.3.3: new full-speed USB device number 11 using dwc_otg Sep 23 19:55:32 blue kernel: [21009.164692] usb 1-1.3.3: New USB device found, idVendor=0a12, idProduct=0001 Sep 23 19:55:32 blue kernel: [21009.164700] usb 1-1.3.3: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=2, SerialNumber=0 Sep 23 19:55:32 blue kernel: [21009.164704] usb 1-1.3.3: Product: CSR8510 A10 Sep 23 19:55:32 blue systemd[1]: fake-hwclock.service: Cannot add dependency job, ignoring: Unit fake-hwclock.service is masked. Sep 23 19:55:32 blue systemd[1]: fake-hwclock.service: Cannot add dependency job, ignoring: Cannot send after transport endpoint shutdown Sep 23 19:55:32 blue systemd[1]: Started Raspberry Pi bluetooth helper. Sep 23 19:55:32 blue systemd[1]: Reached target Bluetooth. Sep 23 19:55:32 blue bluetoothd[13509]: Failed to obtain handles for "Service Changed" characteristic Sep 23 19:55:32 blue bluetoothd[13509]: Sap driver initialization failed. Sep 23 19:55:32 blue bluetoothd[13509]: sap-server: Operation not permitted (1) Sep 23 19:55:32 blue bluetoothd[13509]: Endpoint registered: sender=:1.19 path=/A2DP/SBC/Source/1 Sep 23 19:55:32 blue bluetoothd[13509]: Endpoint registered: sender=:1.19 path=/A2DP/SBC/Sink/1 

3.hciconfig

hci0:   Type: Primary  Bus: USB     BD Address: 00:1A:7D:DA:71:13  ACL MTU: 310:10  SCO MTU: 64:8     UP RUNNING      RX bytes:700 acl:0 sco:0 events:51 errors:0     TX bytes:3657 acl:0 sco:0 commands:51 errors:0 

4. started the scan

sudo hciconfig -a hci0 piscan hciconfig -a hci0 hci0:   Type: Primary  Bus: USB     BD Address: 00:1A:7D:DA:71:13  ACL MTU: 310:10  SCO MTU: 64:8     UP RUNNING PSCAN ISCAN      RX bytes:989 acl:0 sco:0 events:56 errors:0     TX bytes:3705 acl:0 sco:0 commands:56 errors:0     Features: 0xff 0xff 0x8f 0xfe 0xdb 0xff 0x5b 0x87     Packet type: DM1 DM3 DM5 DH1 DH3 DH5 HV1 HV2 HV3      Link policy: RSWITCH HOLD SNIFF PARK      Link mode: SLAVE ACCEPT      Name: 'raspberrypi'     Class: 0x6c0000     Service Classes: Rendering, Capturing, Audio, Telephony     Device Class: Miscellaneous,      HCI Version: 4.0 (0x6)  Revision: 0x22bb     LMP Version: 4.0 (0x6)  Subversion: 0x22bb     Manufacturer: Cambridge Silicon Radio (10) 

I even tried changing the class but even then I am unable to scan on the app bluetooth-le scanner on iphone I am using ubuntu 18.04 Can anyone let me know what I am doing wrong?

how do I get netplan working with a usb wireless dongle?

I am struggling to get my wireless dongle to do anything beyond showing up in ifconfig which I achieved by installing the rtl88x2bu driver.

Here is the result of running the wireless information script from elsewhere on these forums.

I hope those results make the issue obvious or there is a clear next step I should take that’s been left out of other discussions I’ve come across. Thanks for anything you guys can think of!

I haven’t tried too much besides trying to configure netplan based on how it’s working in another machine on my network. That one was easier to setup since the wireless card is built in, I guess.

–small edit: the full interface is wlx00e04c341cea, I don’t see it on the pastebin text. I can see the full name when I run the commands myself.

bluetooth is not working -plug in a dongle to use bluetooth

I think I tried almost everything there in web to figure out how to fix it.

it’s was working fine, and suddenly stooped working giving that this error in settings “plug in a dongle to use bluetooth”. it’s working fine in windows

I tried to reinstall bluetooth, install blueman, restart bluetooth and nothing.

when I enter “rfkill list all” I get:

0: phy0: Wireless LA     Soft blocked: no     Hard blocked: no 

the Bluetooth doesn’t appear.

when I enter “sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth status”, I get:

● bluetooth.service - Bluetooth service    Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/bluetooth.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)    Active: active (running) since Thu 2019-07-18 14:05:09 IDT; 14min ago      Docs: man:bluetoothd(8)  Main PID: 1377 (bluetoothd)    Status: "Running"     Tasks: 1 (limit: 4915)    Memory: 1.9M    CGroup: /system.slice/bluetooth.service            └─1377 /usr/lib/bluetooth/bluetoothd  Jul 18 14:05:09 ofiryaish-Inspiron-5559 systemd[1]: Starting Bluetooth servi…... Jul 18 14:05:09 ofiryaish-Inspiron-5559 bluetoothd[1377]: Bluetooth daemon 5.50 Jul 18 14:05:09 ofiryaish-Inspiron-5559 systemd[1]: Started Bluetooth service. Jul 18 14:05:09 ofiryaish-Inspiron-5559 bluetoothd[1377]: Starting SDP server Jul 18 14:05:09 ofiryaish-Inspiron-5559 bluetoothd[1377]: Bluetooth managemen…ed Hint: Some lines were ellipsized, use -l to show in full. 

When I enter “lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 net; lsusb; dmesg | egrep -i ‘blue|firm'”, I get:

02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Wireless 3160 [8086:08b3] (rev 83)     Subsystem: Intel Corporation Dual Band Wireless AC 3160 [8086:8470]     Kernel driver in use: iwlwifi     Kernel modules: iwlwifi 03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 07)     Subsystem: Dell RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [1028:06b2]     Kernel driver in use: r8169     Kernel modules: r8169 Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub Bus 001 Device 006: ID 8087:07dc Intel Corp.  Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0bda:0129 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5129 Card Reader Controller Bus 001 Device 004: ID 064e:920b Suyin Corp.  Bus 001 Device 007: ID 04d9:1603 Holtek Semiconductor, Inc. Keyboard Bus 001 Device 008: ID 046d:c534 Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub [    0.028000] Spectre V2 : Enabling Restricted Speculation for firmware calls [    0.092456] ACPI: [Firmware Bug]: BIOS _OSI(Linux) query ignored [    0.684754] tpm_crb MSFT0101:00: [Firmware Bug]: ACPI region does not cover the entire command/response buffer. [mem 0xfed40000-0xfed4087f flags 0x200] vs fed40080 f80 [    0.684759] tpm_crb MSFT0101:00: [Firmware Bug]: ACPI region does not cover the entire command/response buffer. [mem 0xfed40000-0xfed4087f flags 0x200] vs fed40080 f80 [    3.651936] Bluetooth: Core ver 2.22 [    3.651951] Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized [    3.651956] Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized [    3.651958] Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized [    3.651965] Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized [    3.755926] [drm] Finished loading DMC firmware i915/skl_dmc_ver1_27.bin (v1.27) [    3.784583] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: loaded firmware version 17.948900127.0 op_mode iwlmvm [    9.959379] Bluetooth: BNEP (Ethernet Emulation) ver 1.3 [    9.959380] Bluetooth: BNEP filters: protocol multicast [    9.959383] Bluetooth: BNEP socket layer initialized 

ALFA usb wifi dongle not showing up in ifconfig

Recently built a PC, everything’s working fine, except for the wifi dongle. I was told to get a PCI wifi card, but the slots aren’t far enough on motherboard, and connecting a graphics card takes up all the space.

So I bought a ALFA USB WiFi dongle, in the CD that came with it, it’s mentioned that it’s a rtl8188EUS realtek chip. Since the driver they provided in the disk didn’t compile (maybe because it was for linux 4.1, and I’m on 5.x).

So far, I have tried installing these drivers:

  • https://quickreflex.github.io/rtl8188eus/ – builds fine. Installed too. Loaded with modprobe. Using dmseg | tail, I’m sure that the correct driver is loaded for the usb dongle. But it doesn’t show anywhere in ifconfig

  • https://github.com/aircrack-ng/rtl8188eus – same with this. Interface doesn’t show in ifconfig

Is there anything I’m missing or doing wrong? What can I do to get this working.

How does Logitech Options software automatically launch from a mouse dongle?

I recently purchased a Logitech MX Master 2S mouse. I had no intention of installing the “options software” that came with the mouse. I simply desired a wireless mouse that wasn’t cheap and flimsy.

However, after immediately plugging in the wireless USB dongle, some manner of custom software was able to run without my consent, displaying the following window above all other windows:

Logitech Options software

There is no USB volume listed in File Explorer, and to my knowledge autorun from USB is disabled. I was also unable to find an obvious process listed in the Task Manager.

How did this process start? Additionally this seems like an ideal attack vector for Windows machines. Can anyone provide some insight as to how the USB dongle (with no volume) can do this?

OTG Android Wifi dongle

I need your advice.

I have a Nexus 5x. I’d like to connect Wifi dongle with Nexus 5x to use larger antenna for wifi. Example product

[Nexus 5x]–[Otg cable]–[USB wifi product]

I tested with a usb-wifi module.

enter image description here

My nexus 5x recognize my usb-wifi device as “Ralink 802.11 n WLAN”. I used “Easy Otg Checker” app to check device name.

but. I do not have confident whether Nexus can use dongle as wifi. Is there any way to use wifi dongle on Android smartphone ?

I saw a Youtube video. but I do not know…How to…

WIFI dongle issues Ralink 7061U on Bionic

I have the same issue as a lot of people and can’t get my WIFI dongle working. I’ve been reading loads of answers for the last week or so but nothing seems to work. If any one can help I’d be most grateful.

My level with Ubuntu is that of a beginner so I can follow commands verbatim but if you said to me upload this or something similar I would ask how to do it: please don’t be offended.

My printout of the info on the wireless is suggested to look like spam and not allowed. Is there a way to attach the file?

Please help me.

Jools

 ########## wireless info START ##########  Report from: 13 May 2019 12:56 BST +0100  Booted last: 13 May 2019 00:00 BST +0100  Script from: 22 Oct 2018 03:34 UTC +0000  ##### release ###########################  Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description:    Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS Release:    18.04 Codename:   bionic  ##### kernel ############################  Linux 4.18.0-17-generic #18~18.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Fri Mar 15 15:27:12 UTC 2019 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux  Parameters: ro, quiet, splash, vt.handoff=1  ##### desktop ###########################  ubuntu-wayland  ##### lspci #############################  04:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [10ec:8168] (rev 03)     Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Onboard Ethernet [1458:e000]     Kernel driver in use: r8169  05:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [10ec:8168] (rev 03)     Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Onboard Ethernet [1458:e000]     Kernel driver in use: r8169  ##### lsusb #############################  Bus 002 Device 003: ID 05ac:12a8 Apple, Inc. iPhone5/5C/5S/6 Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub Bus 006 Device 002: ID 248a:ff0f   Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub Bus 001 Device 048: ID 148f:7601 Ralink Technology, Corp. MT7601U Wireless Adapter Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub  ##### PCMCIA card info ##################  ##### rfkill ############################  ##### secure boot #######################  'mokutil' is not installed (package "mokutil").  ##### lsmod #############################  rt2800usb              32768  0 rt2x00usb              20480  1 rt2800usb rt2800lib             114688  1 rt2800usb rt2x00lib              53248  3 rt2800usb,rt2x00usb,rt2800lib mac80211              802816  4 rt2x00lib,mt7601u,rt2x00usb,rt2800lib cfg80211              667648  3 rt2x00lib,mt7601u,mac80211 mxm_wmi                16384  0 wmi                    24576  1 mxm_wmi  ##### interfaces ########################  [/etc/network/interfaces] auto lo iface lo inet loopback  ##### ifconfig ##########################  1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN group default qlen 1000     link/loopback <MAC address> brd <MAC address>     inet 127.0.0.1/8 scope host lo        valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever     inet6 ::1/128 scope host         valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever 2: enp4s0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP> mtu 1500 qdisc fq_codel state DOWN group default qlen 1000     link/ether <MAC 'enp4s0' [IF1]> brd <MAC address> 3: enp5s0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP> mtu 1500 qdisc fq_codel state DOWN group default qlen 1000     link/ether <MAC 'enp5s0' [IF2]> brd <MAC address> 4: enp0s29f7u1c4i2: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc fq_codel state UP group default qlen 1000     link/ether <MAC 'enp0s29f7u1c4i2' [IF3]> brd <MAC address>     inet 172.20.10.6/28 brd 172.20.10.15 scope global dynamic noprefixroute enp0s29f7u1c4i2        valid_lft 85243sec preferred_lft 85243sec     inet6 2a01:4c8:c1b:e8d7:b129:e9a3:92ed:eb58/64 scope global temporary dynamic         valid_lft 604509sec preferred_lft 85664sec     inet6 2a01:4c8:c1b:e8d7:8d8d:4706:37ba:78a6/64 scope global mngtmpaddr noprefixroute         valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever     inet6 fe80::7833:f793:e40b:cd85/64 scope link noprefixroute         valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever  ##### iwconfig ##########################  enp4s0    no wireless extensions.  enp5s0    no wireless extensions.  lo        no wireless extensions.  enp0s29f7u1c4i2  no wireless extensions.  ##### route #############################  default via 172.20.10.1 dev enp0s29f7u1c4i2 proto dhcp metric 100  169.254.0.0/16 dev enp0s29f7u1c4i2 scope link metric 1000  172.20.10.0/28 dev enp0s29f7u1c4i2 proto kernel scope link src 172.20.10.6 metric 100   ##### resolv.conf #######################  [777 root '/etc/resolv.conf' -> '../run/systemd/resolve/stub-resolv.conf']  nameserver 127.0.0.53 options edns0  ##### network managers ##################  Installed:      NetworkManager  Running:  root       696     1  0 12:34 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/NetworkManager --no-daemon  ##### NetworkManager info ###############  GENERAL.DEVICE:                         enp0s29f7u1c4i2 GENERAL.TYPE:                           ethernet GENERAL.NM-TYPE:                        NMDeviceEthernet GENERAL.VENDOR:                         Apple Inc. GENERAL.PRODUCT:                        iPhone GENERAL.DRIVER:                         ipheth GENERAL.DRIVER-VERSION:                 -- GENERAL.FIRMWARE-VERSION:               -- GENERAL.HWADDR:                         <MAC 'enp0s29f7u1c4i2' [IF3]> GENERAL.MTU:                            1500 GENERAL.STATE:                          100 (connected) GENERAL.REASON:                         0 (No reason given) GENERAL.UDI:                            /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb2/2-1/2-1:4.2/net/enp0s29f7u1c4i2 GENERAL.IP-IFACE:                       enp0s29f7u1c4i2 GENERAL.IS-SOFTWARE:                    no GENERAL.NM-MANAGED:                     yes GENERAL.AUTOCONNECT:                    yes GENERAL.FIRMWARE-MISSING:               no GENERAL.NM-PLUGIN-MISSING:              no GENERAL.PHYS-PORT-ID:                   -- GENERAL.CONNECTION:                     Wired connection 3 GENERAL.CON-UUID:                       1279819e-26dd-362d-b88e-daa246078587 GENERAL.CON-PATH:                       /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager/ActiveConnection/2 GENERAL.METERED:                        no (guessed) CAPABILITIES.CARRIER-DETECT:            yes CAPABILITIES.SPEED:                     unknown CAPABILITIES.IS-SOFTWARE:               no CAPABILITIES.SRIOV:                     no WIRED-PROPERTIES.CARRIER:               on IP4.ADDRESS[1]:                         172.20.10.6/28 IP4.GATEWAY:                            172.20.10.1 IP4.ROUTE[1]:                           dst = 0.0.0.0/0, nh = 172.20.10.1, mt = 100 IP4.ROUTE[2]:                           dst = 172.20.10.0/28, nh = 0.0.0.0, mt = 100 IP4.ROUTE[3]:                           dst = 169.254.0.0/16, nh = 0.0.0.0, mt = 1000 IP4.DNS[1]:                             172.20.10.1 DHCP4.OPTION[1]:                        network_number = 172.20.10.0 DHCP4.OPTION[2]:                        requested_domain_search = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[3]:                        server_name = Jools DHCP4.OPTION[4]:                        requested_broadcast_address = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[5]:                        requested_domain_name = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[6]:                        domain_name_servers = 172.20.10.1 DHCP4.OPTION[7]:                        requested_time_offset = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[8]:                        requested_netbios_scope = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[9]:                        requested_wpad = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[10]:                       next_server = 172.20.10.1 DHCP4.OPTION[11]:                       broadcast_address = 172.20.10.15 DHCP4.OPTION[12]:                       requested_interface_mtu = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[13]:                       requested_subnet_mask = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[14]:                       dhcp_lease_time = 85536 DHCP4.OPTION[15]:                       routers = 172.20.10.1 DHCP4.OPTION[16]:                       ip_address = 172.20.10.6 DHCP4.OPTION[17]:                       requested_domain_name_servers = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[18]:                       expiry = 1557833815 DHCP4.OPTION[19]:                       requested_static_routes = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[20]:                       requested_routers = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[21]:                       requested_ntp_servers = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[22]:                       requested_netbios_name_servers = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[23]:                       requested_ms_classless_static_routes = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[24]:                       requested_rfc3442_classless_static_routes = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[25]:                       dhcp_message_type = 5 DHCP4.OPTION[26]:                       requested_host_name = 1 DHCP4.OPTION[27]:                       dhcp_server_identifier = 172.20.10.1 DHCP4.OPTION[28]:                       subnet_mask = 255.255.255.240 IP6.ADDRESS[1]:                         2a01:4c8:c1b:e8d7:b129:e9a3:92ed:eb58/64 IP6.ADDRESS[2]:                         2a01:4c8:c1b:e8d7:8d8d:4706:37ba:78a6/64 IP6.ADDRESS[3]:                         fe80::7833:f793:e40b:cd85/64 IP6.GATEWAY:                            fe80::4f7:4c30:70a2:ec79 IP6.ROUTE[1]:                           dst = 2a01:4c8:c1b:e8d7::/64, nh = ::, mt = 100 IP6.ROUTE[2]:                           dst = ::/0, nh = fe80::4f7:4c30:70a2:ec79, mt = 100 IP6.ROUTE[3]:                           dst = ff00::/8, nh = ::, mt = 256, table=255 IP6.ROUTE[4]:                           dst = fe80::/64, nh = ::, mt = 256 IP6.ROUTE[5]:                           dst = fe80::/64, nh = ::, mt = 100 IP6.DNS[1]:                             fe80::4f7:4c30:70a2:ec79 DHCP6.OPTION[1]:                        requested_dhcp6_domain_search = 1 DHCP6.OPTION[2]:                        dhcp6_name_servers = fe80::4f7:4c30:70a2:ec79 DHCP6.OPTION[3]:                        dhcp6_server_id = 0:1:0:1:24:6c:13:93:22:db:70:8c:a3:64 DHCP6.OPTION[4]:                        requested_dhcp6_client_id = 1 DHCP6.OPTION[5]:                        requested_dhcp6_name_servers = 1 DHCP6.OPTION[6]:                        dhcp6_client_id = 0:4:53:a7:82:87:51:50:a6:9b:ef:25:87:8e:b1:43:44:93 CONNECTIONS.AVAILABLE-CONNECTION-PATHS: /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager/Settings/{3} CONNECTIONS.AVAILABLE-CONNECTIONS[1]:   1279819e-26dd-362d-b88e-daa246078587 | Wired connection 3  GENERAL.DEVICE:                         enp4s0 GENERAL.TYPE:                           ethernet GENERAL.NM-TYPE:                        NMDeviceEthernet GENERAL.VENDOR:                         Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. GENERAL.PRODUCT:                        RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Onboard Ethernet) GENERAL.DRIVER:                         r8169 GENERAL.DRIVER-VERSION:                 2.3LK-NAPI GENERAL.FIRMWARE-VERSION:               -- GENERAL.HWADDR:                         <MAC 'enp4s0' [IF1]> GENERAL.MTU:                            1500 GENERAL.STATE:                          20 (unavailable) GENERAL.REASON:                         2 (Device is now managed) GENERAL.UDI:                            /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.4/0000:04:00.0/net/enp4s0 GENERAL.IP-IFACE:                       -- GENERAL.IS-SOFTWARE:                    no GENERAL.NM-MANAGED:                     yes GENERAL.AUTOCONNECT:                    yes GENERAL.FIRMWARE-MISSING:               no GENERAL.NM-PLUGIN-MISSING:              no GENERAL.PHYS-PORT-ID:                   -- GENERAL.CONNECTION:                     -- GENERAL.CON-UUID:                       -- GENERAL.CON-PATH:                       -- GENERAL.METERED:                        unknown CAPABILITIES.CARRIER-DETECT:            yes CAPABILITIES.SPEED:                     unknown CAPABILITIES.IS-SOFTWARE:               no CAPABILITIES.SRIOV:                     no WIRED-PROPERTIES.CARRIER:               off CONNECTIONS.AVAILABLE-CONNECTION-PATHS: --  GENERAL.DEVICE:                         enp5s0 GENERAL.TYPE:                           ethernet GENERAL.NM-TYPE:                        NMDeviceEthernet GENERAL.VENDOR:                         Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. GENERAL.PRODUCT:                        RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Onboard Ethernet) GENERAL.DRIVER:                         r8169 GENERAL.DRIVER-VERSION:                 2.3LK-NAPI GENERAL.FIRMWARE-VERSION:               -- GENERAL.HWADDR:                         <MAC 'enp5s0' [IF2]> GENERAL.MTU:                            1500 GENERAL.STATE:                          20 (unavailable) GENERAL.REASON:                         2 (Device is now managed) GENERAL.UDI:                            /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.5/0000:05:00.0/net/enp5s0 GENERAL.IP-IFACE:                       -- GENERAL.IS-SOFTWARE:                    no GENERAL.NM-MANAGED:                     yes GENERAL.AUTOCONNECT:                    yes GENERAL.FIRMWARE-MISSING:               no GENERAL.NM-PLUGIN-MISSING:              no GENERAL.PHYS-PORT-ID:                   -- GENERAL.CONNECTION:                     -- GENERAL.CON-UUID:                       -- GENERAL.CON-PATH:                       -- GENERAL.METERED:                        unknown CAPABILITIES.CARRIER-DETECT:            yes CAPABILITIES.SPEED:                     unknown CAPABILITIES.IS-SOFTWARE:               no CAPABILITIES.SRIOV:                     no WIRED-PROPERTIES.CARRIER:               off CONNECTIONS.AVAILABLE-CONNECTION-PATHS: --  ##### NetworkManager.state ##############  [main] NetworkingEnabled=true WirelessEnabled=true WWANEnabled=true  ##### NetworkManager config #############  [[/etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/default-wifi-powersave-on.conf]] [connection] wifi.powersave = 3  [[/etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf]] [main] plugins=ifupdown,keyfile [ifupdown] managed=false [device] wifi.scan-rand-mac-address=no  [[/usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/10-dns-resolved.conf]] [main] dns=systemd-resolved  [[/usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/10-globally-managed-devices.conf]] [keyfile] unmanaged-devices=*,except:type:wifi,except:type:wwan  [[/usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/20-connectivity-ubuntu.conf]] [connectivity] uri=http://connectivity-check.ubuntu.com/  [[/usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/no-mac-addr-change.conf]] [device-mac-addr-change-wifi] match-device=driver:rtl8723bs,driver:rtl8189es,driver:r8188eu,driver:8188eu,driver:eagle_sdio,driver:wl wifi.scan-rand-mac-address=no wifi.cloned-mac-address=preserve ethernet.cloned-mac-address=preserve  ##### NetworkManager profiles ###########  ##### Netplan config ####################  [/etc/netplan/01-network-manager-all.yaml] network:   version: 2   renderer: NetworkManager  ##### iw reg get ########################  Region: Europe/London (based on set time zone)  global country 00: DFS-UNSET     (2402 - 2472 @ 40), (N/A, 20), (N/A)     (2457 - 2482 @ 20), (N/A, 20), (N/A), AUTO-BW, PASSIVE-SCAN     (2474 - 2494 @ 20), (N/A, 20), (N/A), NO-OFDM, PASSIVE-SCAN     (5170 - 5250 @ 80), (N/A, 20), (N/A), AUTO-BW, PASSIVE-SCAN     (5250 - 5330 @ 80), (N/A, 20), (0 ms), DFS, AUTO-BW, PASSIVE-SCAN     (5490 - 5730 @ 160), (N/A, 20), (0 ms), DFS, PASSIVE-SCAN     (5735 - 5835 @ 80), (N/A, 20), (N/A), PASSIVE-SCAN     (57240 - 63720 @ 2160), (N/A, 0), (N/A)  ##### iwlist channels ###################  enp4s0    no frequency information.  enp5s0    no frequency information.  lo        no frequency information.  enp0s29f7u1c4i2  no frequency information.  ##### iwlist scan #######################  enp4s0    Interface doesn't support scanning.  enp5s0    Interface doesn't support scanning.  lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.  enp0s29f7u1c4i2  Interface doesn't support scanning.  ##### module infos ######################  [rt2800usb] filename:       /lib/modules/4.18.0-17-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ralink/rt2x00/rt2800usb.ko license:        GPL firmware:       rt2870.bin description:    Ralink RT2800 USB Wireless LAN driver. version:        2.3.0 author:         http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com srcversion:     FEBC4C1F96FEAE2A7985E9A depends:        rt2x00lib,rt2800lib,rt2x00usb retpoline:      Y intree:         Y name:           rt2800usb vermagic:       4.18.0-17-generic SMP mod_unload  signat:         PKCS#7 signer:          sig_key:         sig_hashalgo:   md4 parm:           nohwcrypt:Disable hardware encryption. (bool)  [rt2x00usb] filename:       /lib/modules/4.18.0-17-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ralink/rt2x00/rt2x00usb.ko license:        GPL description:    rt2x00 usb library version:        2.3.0 author:         http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com srcversion:     4783320285808F336F94F86 depends:        rt2x00lib,mac80211 retpoline:      Y intree:         Y name:           rt2x00usb vermagic:       4.18.0-17-generic SMP mod_unload  signat:         PKCS#7 signer:          sig_key:         sig_hashalgo:   md4  [rt2800lib] filename:       /lib/modules/4.18.0-17-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ralink/rt2x00/rt2800lib.ko license:        GPL description:    Ralink RT2800 library version:        2.3.0 author:         http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com, Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz srcversion:     966CF51FCABF548A597F127 depends:        rt2x00lib,mac80211 retpoline:      Y intree:         Y name:           rt2800lib vermagic:       4.18.0-17-generic SMP mod_unload  signat:         PKCS#7 signer:          sig_key:         sig_hashalgo:   md4  [rt2x00lib] filename:       /lib/modules/4.18.0-17-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ralink/rt2x00/rt2x00lib.ko license:        GPL description:    rt2x00 library version:        2.3.0 author:         http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com srcversion:     E9726B139222EDB02105054 depends:        mac80211,cfg80211 retpoline:      Y intree:         Y name:           rt2x00lib vermagic:       4.18.0-17-generic SMP mod_unload  signat:         PKCS#7 signer:          sig_key:         sig_hashalgo:   md4  [mac80211] filename:       /lib/modules/4.18.0-17-generic/kernel/net/mac80211/mac80211.ko license:        GPL description:    IEEE 802.11 subsystem srcversion:     C5D73328CD704BB6E363074 depends:        cfg80211 retpoline:      Y intree:         Y name:           mac80211 vermagic:       4.18.0-17-generic SMP mod_unload  signat:         PKCS#7 signer:          sig_key:         sig_hashalgo:   md4 parm:           minstrel_vht_only:Use only VHT rates when VHT is supported by sta. (bool) parm:           max_nullfunc_tries:Maximum nullfunc tx tries before disconnecting (reason 4). (int) parm:           max_probe_tries:Maximum probe tries before disconnecting (reason 4). (int) parm:           beacon_loss_count:Number of beacon intervals before we decide beacon was lost. (int) parm:           probe_wait_ms:Maximum time(ms) to wait for probe response before disconnecting (reason 4). (int) parm:           ieee80211_default_rc_algo:Default rate control algorithm for mac80211 to use (charp)  [cfg80211] filename:       /lib/modules/4.18.0-17-generic/kernel/net/wireless/cfg80211.ko description:    wireless configuration support license:        GPL author:         Johannes Berg srcversion:     BFB309EF7C6C321F605D36E depends:         retpoline:      Y intree:         Y name:           cfg80211 vermagic:       4.18.0-17-generic SMP mod_unload  signat:         PKCS#7 signer:          sig_key:         sig_hashalgo:   md4 parm:           bss_entries_limit:limit to number of scan BSS entries (per wiphy, default 1000) (int) parm:           ieee80211_regdom:IEEE 802.11 regulatory domain code (charp) parm:           cfg80211_disable_40mhz_24ghz:Disable 40MHz support in the 2.4GHz band (bool)  ##### module parameters #################  [rt2800usb] nohwcrypt: N  [mac80211] beacon_loss_count: 7 ieee80211_default_rc_algo: minstrel_ht max_nullfunc_tries: 2 max_probe_tries: 5 minstrel_vht_only: Y probe_wait_ms: 500  [cfg80211] bss_entries_limit: 1000 cfg80211_disable_40mhz_24ghz: N ieee80211_regdom: 00  ##### /etc/modules ######################  rt2800usb rt2800usb  ##### modprobe options ##################  [/etc/modprobe.d/amd64-microcode-blacklist.conf] blacklist microcode  [/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-ath_pci.conf] blacklist ath_pci  [/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf] blacklist evbug blacklist usbmouse blacklist usbkbd blacklist eepro100 blacklist de4x5 blacklist eth1394 blacklist snd_intel8x0m blacklist snd_aw2 blacklist i2c_i801 blacklist prism54 blacklist bcm43xx blacklist garmin_gps blacklist asus_acpi blacklist snd_pcsp blacklist pcspkr blacklist amd76x_edac  [/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-rare-network.conf] alias net-pf-3 off alias net-pf-6 off alias net-pf-9 off alias net-pf-11 off alias net-pf-12 off alias net-pf-19 off alias net-pf-21 off alias net-pf-36 off  [/etc/modprobe.d/intel-microcode-blacklist.conf] blacklist microcode  [/etc/modprobe.d/iwlwifi.conf] remove iwlwifi \ (/sbin/lsmod | grep -o -e ^iwlmvm -e ^iwldvm -e ^iwlwifi | xargs /sbin/rmmod) \ && /sbin/modprobe -r mac80211  ##### rc.local ##########################  grep: /etc/rc.local: No such file or directory  ##### pm-utils ##########################  ##### udev rules ########################  ##### dmesg #############################  ########## wireless info END ############ 

USB dongle recommendations for a wifi hotspot?

I’m trying to setup a local wifi hotspot and would welcome some recommendations for USB dongles which people have had success with.

I’m running Ubuntu 18.10, 64-bit. This machine doesn’t have an internal wifi card and it belongs to the university I work for, so it’s much easier if I can just use a USB dongle. Seems like there’s a whole galaxy of different dongles out there though, so I’d rather buy one which will actually work properly in AP mode!

Also, to answer the obvious question, yes there is wifi in this building but no, it doesn’t reach inside the office where I work. There’s a lot of EM shielding in this place because of some of the experiments going on in the labs downstairs. Too much shielding, apparently, because it’s not supposed to be blocking anything where I am. It’s also pretty good at blocking 4G, and it’s getting tiresome having to go out into the atrium to get any kind of phone signal!

Also also, sorry if this has been asked before. I did search, but all the other questions seem to be about software rather than hardware.