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Ralink RT2501USB/RT2571W (RT73) devices

This page describes how to enable support for WiFi devices based on the Ralink RT2501USB chipset on Debian systems.

The Ralink RT2501USB wireless LAN chipset is supported by the rt73usb Linux kernel driver, introduced at Linux 2.6.24. Supported devices are listed at the end of this page.

It requires non-free firmware for device operation, which can be provided by installing the firmware-ralink package.

{i} The RT2501USB is not to be confused with the RT2500USB, which is supported by the rt2500usb driver.

{i} Ralink 802.11n USB devices are supported by the rt2800usb driver.


Firmware is required for device operation:

  1. Add a "non-free" component to /etc/apt/sources.list for your Debian version. For example:

    # Debian 8 "Jessie"
    deb jessie main contrib non-free
  2. Update the list of available packages and install the firmware-ralink package:

    # apt-get update && apt-get install firmware-ralink
  3. Connect the device to your system. The rt73usb kernel module is automatically loaded for supported devices.

  4. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.


Supported Devices

The page HowToIdentifyADevice/USB explains how to identify a USB device.

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo rt73usb in Debian 3.16 (3.16.7-ckt9-3~deb8u1) kernel images.

See Also

CategoryHardware | CategoryWireless