Yes, I have an older spare adapter a RTL8187. It is probably 8 years old or older? I do not normally have this one connected. However, the kernel seems to recognize it better. I also have the higher performing TP-link (Archer T4U) that supports the high performing 802.11ac wifi. This is the one that I use on a regular basis. At the end of the upgrade, the system went dead (stopped responding) and I rebooted. I waited about 5 minutes before I rebooted. Maybe if I had waited longer I would have been OK and the system would have latched on to it? What do you think?
I am sorry for not being clear. I am now using the 8812au adapter. But it did not initiate by itself after the upgrade. I had to get online with the old 8187 to get it working. Could it be that it just takes a super long time to be recognized and that I was too impatient? Is that a possibility?
The 8812au adapter requires a driver that is available from a thrid-party repo, or built from source as you said you’d originally done. So after upgrading to openSUSE 42.3, you need to subscribe to the repo (see link post #9) and install ‘rtl8812au’ and ‘rtl8812au-kmp-default’ packages, or build again by hand as you did for your prior kernel.
So what you are telling me is that after an upgrade I will lose access to the internet with that adapter and I will have to use my old adapter to access the internet so that I can install the third party driver. (This is what I did). Why not integrate that third party software into Opensuse so I won’t have to go through this ****? Am I missing something here? Thank you for your help. I admit to being on the opensuse learning curve. It is just that the average computer user simply would find it hard to deal with these problems.
Thank you all for helping me understand a bit more about the Linux system. I am still on the learning curve. I have to admit that when I have every thing working the way it is suppose to, I love the Linux system. Nothing like beating Microsoft at its own game!! LOL. But if it were not for this forum I would be in deep do do. I hope it is always here for hacks like me!! LOL.