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Ralink RT2501/RT2561, RT2600/RT2661 (RT61) devices

This page describes how to enable support for WiFi devices based on Ralink RT2501 (non-USB) and RT2600 chipsets on Debian systems.

The Ralink RT2501 (non-USB) and RT2600 wireless LAN chipsets are supported by the rt61pci 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.

Installation

Firmware is required for device operation:

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

    # Debian 7 "Wheezy"
    deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy 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 rt61pci kernel module is automatically loaded for supported devices.

  4. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.

Troubleshooting

Supported Devices

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

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo rt61pci in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.41-2) kernel images.

See Also


CategoryHardware | CategoryWireless