Installing and configuring USB Wireless for rt2870?

Daniel B. Thurman dant at
Sat Jun 5 23:26:19 UTC 2010

On 06/05/2010 02:49 PM, Daniel B. Thurman wrote:
> Seems that there are fragmented sources of information
> on the Internet on how some people were seemingly able
> to get the rt2870 USB Wireless to work on Fedora and I
> am trying to do the same, but without much success.
> Can anyone point me to a definitive site that can explain
> how this could be done?
> What I have done so far is:
> 1) yum install rt2870
>     Installed: kmod-rt2870-
>     Installed: rt2870-
>     Installed: kmod-rt2870-
> 2) Step (1) above is not enough as one seemingly
>     has to also install the rt2870.bin firmware from
>     site:,
>     and the link:
> Firmware RT28XX/RT30XX USB series (RT2870/RT2770/RT3572/RT3070)
> <>
>     + copy rt2870.bin from "" to:
>         /lib/firmware/rt2870.bin
> 3) Configure the wireless network device via:
>     System->Administration->Network
> I can ping the wireless device on my local system, but I am not able
> to connect to the wireless base-station and to the network...
> If there is any additional info I can provide to make this work,
> please let me know!
> Kind regards,
> Dan
I wanted to add something else here...

It seems that I was able to create an auto-wireless
setup via NetworkManager, but there seems to be
a problem.  I am required to use WPA/WPA2 Personal
connection, and I have set it up and added the passphrase,
however, when attempting to connect, I am given a
popup asking for only WEP choices - I am never allowed
to choose a WPA/WPA2 Personal passphrase from the
dropdown list.

What to do?

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