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Thread: Don't understand what my USB chipset is?

  1. #1
    Just burned his ISO
    Join Date
    Feb 2009

    Default Don't understand what my USB chipset is?

    In Backtrack 3 final in VMware installed from ISO I get this form airmon-ng

    bt ~ # airmon-ng

    Interface Chipset Driver

    ra0 Ralink 2560 PCI rt2500

    Ok great but when I type after that iwconfiig I get this

    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    ra0 RT2870 Wireless ESSID:"" Nickname:"RT2870STA"
    Mode:Auto Frequency=2.412 GHz Bit Rate=1 Mb/s
    RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Encryption keyff
    Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:159
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

    now this is odd because now its sayings it RT2870 for ra0
    and from airmon-ng its Ralink 2560 PCI rt2500

    does anybody know if this USB wifi is supported
    also I have installed the VMware version of BAcktrack 4 beta and my USB is not even showing up, does anybody have a solution for this, I would greatly appriciate it.....


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008


    Dunno, check and see what lspci gives for that device.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007


    This is why I don't bother with airmon-ng..

    first, you check via lsusb and you put the pci id into google search, then research for the results or check via the fcc id.

    with the info, you can then find out the correct driver via lsmod

    As for vmware, read the help files.

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