Hello LibreElec engineering crew,
A long-time LibreElec user here - I recently donated to the project so I hope my request gets a careful read-through at least once
From searching the forum already, it seems the LibreElec team do not seem keen on adding drivers so easily but...
Put simply: I want to make a feature request of LibreElec to support the rtl8822bu driver.
As OpenElec 10 is in beta right now, I'm wondering if it can make it into this release cycle (or maybe into 11 or 12).
This rtl8822bu chipset is used in TP-LINK AC1300 USB Adapter (Archer T3U) - please see photos. It supports 802.11ac and 5Ghz which my home wifi supports so I was keen to get this working with LibreElec. It's also USB3 and more power efficient etc.
It is pretty solid, mature "system-on-a-chip" and is actually designed for set-top boxes RTL8822BU - REALTEK
On pluging this adapter into my OpenElec 9.2.6 build, I was quite sad to see that it was not supported...
However, the good news is that there is excellent support for this chipset out there in Linux, I got it compiled and working great on Debian 10 [x86_64] using this GitHub - jeremyb31/rtl8822bu: RTL8822BU Wireless Driver for Linux
(To be fully honest - there were some additional tweaks to get the driver working 100% with Debian 10 - I can detail them in this thread if required)
I attach a photo of the package of the TP-Link AC1300 USB Wifi adapter in case other users have the same model and can add a voice of support for this request.
If it helps here is the usb-devices output from LibreElec 9.2.6 for my USB Wifi Adapter with the rtl8822bu chipset
LibreELEC:~ # usb-devices ... T: Bus=02 Lev=01 Prnt=01 Port=02 Cnt=01 Dev#= 2 Spd=480 MxCh= 0 D: Ver= 2.10 Cls=00(>ifc ) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS=64 #Cfgs= 1 P: Vendor=2357 ProdID=012d Rev=02.10 S: Manufacturer=Realtek S: Product=802.11ac NIC S: SerialNumber=123456 C: #Ifs= 1 Cfg#= 1 Atr=80 MxPwr=500mA I: If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 5 Cls=ff(vend.) Sub=ff Prot=ff Driver=(none)
Thinking ahead, maybe for a future LibreElec release you can add support for DKMS GitHub - dell/dkms: Dynamic Kernel Module Support
Then users have a shot of installing drivers that would work with whatever kernel is in use.
Thats it - thank you so much for LibreElec!