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RT2870 Linux Driver On Ubuntu 10.04

Oct 07, 2010, 00:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Over the past few months, I have had a number of people emailing me or posting to my YouTube account with questions getting certain USB wifi dongles working easily with their Ubuntu installations. For casual 802.11g usage with ZERO setup in any Ubuntu installation (8.04 thru 10.04), I point people to the Edimax EW7318USG. The problem is two-fold however, as this is relying on older 802.11G technology in addition to becoming increasingly difficult to locate due to its age. It uses the older RT73USB module to work on your Ubuntu Linux desktop and while it does indeed, work out of the box….it could be a bit slow if you are using this to stream media.

"This brings me to using the RT2870 Linux driver on Ubuntu 10.04. For whatever reason, even the current release of Ubuntu 10.04 offers a false start with its provided options to get any dongle using RT2870 working without dancing through a few hoops. To make matters worse, those who have been trying to get RT2870 working has likely already installed and uninstalled so many different options, that one would be better off starting with a CLEAN Ubuntu install rather than making things worse. In short, most of the documentation you will find out there is wrong, half-written or flat full of it."

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