RaLink 5370 USB Wifi Dongle

mike cloaked mike.cloaked at gmail.com
Fri Sep 16 09:20:36 UTC 2011

On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 4:36 AM, Kevin J. Cummings
<cummings at kjchome.homeip.net> wrote:
> The WiFi in my laptop gave up the ghost.  Doesn't matter what card I put
> in the mini PCIe slot, the system doesn't think anything is there.
> So, I bought one of those "new" $7 Wifi dongles for the USB port.
> Surprisingly small!  802.11n capable as well!
> The problem?  It appears in the lsusb list:
>> Bus 001 Device 007: ID 148f:5370 Ralink Technology, Corp.
> But, nothing appears as a Wifi Device.
> One Wifi email list suggested that it would be supported by the rt2x00
> driver, but modprobing that driver does not recognize the device.
> The RaLink site has 2 drivers that *should* support it:  rt2870usb and
> rt2870sta.
> I found that RPMFusion packages version 2.4.0 of the rt2870 driver, but
> there is no entry for the 148f:5370, so no network device gets created.
>  Not even when I add an entry for it to:
>        /lib/modules/
> The final step I tried was to download the driver from RaLink,
> and build it locally.  It builds, but it doesn't build an installable
> kernel module:
>> # insmod rt5370sta.ko
>> insmod: error inserting 'rt5370sta.ko': -1 Unknown symbol in module
> Anyone have one of these running in their system yet?
> I'm looking forward to seeing an ra0 device that I can use as my wifi
> connection!

I have on order one of the small wifi adapters which I believe should
work with the  rt2870usb also - and I will be very interested to hear
of any progress - the reason I ordered the new one was that I have a
device that was working fine with the realtek rtl8712SU driver but I
cannot compile the driver with the 3.1 kernel as there are compile
errors - and I want to test a laptop that needs this running f16 pre
beta - there is supposed to be a suitable driver in kmod staging for
the latter but kmod staging for f16 is not yet available.

So I thought I would try the rt2870 device and I will fiddle with it
properly once it arrives in the coming days.  I see you are using f14
- have you tried installing kmod-staging from rpmfusion to see if
there is a driver there?

I will post more once I get my device and tinker with it.

mike c

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