There are supported WLAN adapters, In our office we are using D-Link DWA-127 and TP-Link Archer T4U adapters without need to install any further drivers.
You can also check
RPi adapter list as TinkerBoard image has the same base drivers.
Most of 2.4GHz band adapter should work, there may be some issues with dual band (2.4GHz & 5GHz) adapters.
If it comes to building the driver, it is advised to use most up to date kernel. What is the problem with build process?