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Ralink rt2870 (USB) Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex RELEASE / Jaunty Jackalope alpha HOWTO


This is a howto on getting the Ralink rt2870 Wifi 802.11abgn chipset to work with Intrepid Ibex 8.10 RELEASE i386 and amd64. It has also been tested on Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope i386 alpha 3+.

It was tested with two ENGENIUS EUB-9701 EXT - EUB9701X2 which contain the rt2870 chipset made by Ralink. Since the driver it is very easy to install and use the driver. Steps 1-4 can be done in Firefox and Nautilus if you wish. Steps 5-7 should be done in the Gnome terminal.




Open up the gnome-terminal (ALT-F2 -> input gnome-terminal -> ENTER).


1. Retrieve the driver


wget http://www.ralinktech.com.tw/data/drivers/2008_0925_RT2870_Linux_STA_v1.4.0.0.tar.bz2


or (faster link)


wget http://razor1394.wippiespace.com/public/gnu_linux/2008_0925_RT2870_Linux_STA_v1.4.0.0.tar.bz2


2. Extract the compressed driver directory and files.


tar xvfj 2008_0925_RT2870_Linux_STA_v1.4.0.0.tar.bz2


3. Enter the new directory


cd 2008_0925_RT2870_Linux_STA_v1.4.0.0


4. You need to change some info in os/linux/config.mk to make it compatible with NetworkManager. Replace that file with the one attached to this wiki.


rm config.mk

wget http://ubunturt2870.pbwiki.com/f/config.mk


5. Now get back to the root of the driver directory


cd ../../


6. Compile and install. 


sudo make

sudo make install


7. Modprobe the new driver if you want to use it instantly


sudo modprobe rt2870sta


Networkmanager should see your available networks within one minute.


The driver should autoload on each reboot.


Please push the Ubuntu developers to integrate this module into Ubuntu.


The rt2870 chipset will within time have support within the Linux kernel (rt2x00).




If you want to restart the driver you have to take the interface down before modprobing then doing the opposite when bringing it back up.




sudo ifconfig ra0 down

sudo modprobe -r rt2870sta




sudo modprobe rt2870sta

sudo ifconfig ra0 up


NetworkManager has a tendency of dying when updating an Ubuntu Intrepid or Jaunty system.


Bring it back up


sudo NetworkManager


Sometimes NetworkManager hangs.


Kill it and bring it back up.


sudo killall NetworkManager

sudo NetworkManager


Ralink rt2870sta webUI


Ralink does also provide a webUI at the same page of the driver. I have installed it but not gotten it to work.




Maybe it does work better for you?

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