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Ralink RT2500USB/RT2571 devices

This page describes how to enable support for WiFi devices based on the Ralink RT2500USB chipset on Debian systems.

The Ralink RT2500USB wireless LAN chipset is supported by the rt2500usb Linux kernel driver, introduced at Linux 2.6.24. Supported devices are listed at the end of this page.

No firmware from userspace is required.

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

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


  1. Connect the device to your system. The rt2500usb kernel module is automatically loaded for supported devices.

  2. 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 rt2500usb in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.41-2) kernel images.

See Also

CategoryHardware | CategoryWireless