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    Question Backtrack 4 wusb600n ralink networking drivers help.

    Hey guys, ill make this short and sweet because im about to leave for school, I have been searching around and found this tutorial exactly

    Getting the Linksys WUSB600N *v2* USB Stick to work in Linux

    February 4, 2010 by Gordon Schulz

    So I had to get myself a Draft-N Wireless USB Stick for my HTPC. The ZOTAC MAG HD-ND01 I am running

    has some ath9k-using piece of crap chip inside that chokes in getting more than 1MB/s wireless

    throughput. Not acceptable. Even more so as it does not support the 5 GHz band.

    Having had good experiences with Linksys products before, I opted for their WUSB600N stick – which I

    only realized later comes in two flavors. v1 and v2 versions… The v1 uses the rt2870sta driver,

    while the nowadays sold v2 uses the rt3572sta driver – which I *coughcough* only found out after an

    hour of trying to get the wireless interface up after loading the wrong driver. Which actually DOES

    load, but just doesn’t bring the ra0 interface up. Neither does it spit out any useful error

    messages, so I guess I could be excused.

    So… basically, the steps involved in getting the WUSB600N v2 to work are:

    * get the RT3572USB driver from Ralink
    * unpack and stuff, cd into directory
    * do the stuff mentioned in the README, like enabling wpa_supplicant and networkmanager support
    * then search in the file common/rtusb_dev_id.c for something like this

    {USB_DEVICE(0x1690,0x0744)}, /* 3572 */
    {USB_DEVICE(0x5A57,0x0284)}, /* Zinwell 3572 */
    {USB_DEVICE(0x167B,0x4001)}, /* 3572 */

    and add this line beneath it, so the driver will actually recognize your WUSB600N as a device it

    should support. The actual device id can be found using lsusb, so basically this applies to any


    {USB_DEVICE(0x1737,0x0079)}, /* WUSB600N v2 */

    * make/make install
    * then do your distribution-specific stuff to enable interfaces etc. etc.

    My stick is now working absolutely flawlessly at throughputs of about 7MB/s; I recommend buying it

    if you need such an adapter.
    This was very helpful, and I downloaded the driver it suggested for my wireless adapters chipset. However could anyone give me a step by step guide here? Im so lost, I have a basic over view and concept of how this would work in my head but mainly the last two parts of the tutorial about make/make install and do your distribution specific stuff to enable interfaces.. I need help with that. I hope some one out there can help me, Ive had very little luck and this is my third ongoing day trying to get this to work. Thanks for reading the post, and help is appreciated and I hope to learn alot about linux :P I love the concept of an open source operating system even if linksys doesnt love them as much as I do, because apparently they wont share their drivers with linux.. pshh

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    Default Re: Backtrack 4 wusb600n ralink networking drivers help.

    That's just it: run make and make install in a terminal and reboot.

    then do your distribution-specific stuff to enable interfaces etc. etc.
    ifconfig <interface> up

    There you go, you just got spoon fed.

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