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Ralink RT2070, RT2770, RT2870, RT3070, RT3071, RT3072, RT3370, RT3572, RT5370, RT5372, RT5572 devices (rt2800usb)

This page describes how to enable support for WiFi devices based on Ralink 802.11n USB chipsets on Debian systems.

rt2800usb is a driver produced by the rt2x00 project, supporting Ralink 802.11n USB chipsets, introduced at Linux 2.6.31.

Supported devices are listed at the end of this page. Firmware is required and available in the firmware-ralink package.

{i} Ralink 802.11n PCI devices are supported by the rt2800pci driver.


  1. Add a "non-free" component to /etc/apt/sources.list, for example:

    # Debian 8 "Jessie" 
    deb jessie main contrib non-free
    # Debian 9 "Stretch"
    deb stretch main contrib non-free
  2. Update the list of available packages:

    # apt-get update
  3. In Debian 8: Install the firmware-ralink package:

    #  apt-get install firmware-ralink

    In Debian 9: Install the firmware-misc-nonfree package:

    # apt-get install firmware-misc-nonfree
  4. Connect the device to your system. The rt2800usb kernel module is automatically loaded for supported devices.

  5. 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 rt2800usb in Debian 3.16 (3.16.7-ckt9-2) kernel images.

See Also

CategoryHardware | CategoryWireless