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    Exclamation ralink 802.11 n WLAN adaptor help

    after figuring that my internal wifi card is useless i went and got a ralink 802.11 n WLAN usb antena ... got it in the post today and plugged it in exspecting it to work (iam not a mega linux user and everything has worked for me on default in the past ... most of the time) but i cant get it working

    got a driver CD with it but as iam no mega linux user it all looks mumble jumble to me

    on my connections tab it detects it but all is dull and it says it is disabled by hardware switch

    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: yes
    1: phy1: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no

    the usb is phy1 and has no actual buttons on the usb antena ... just a small light

    nothing happens with rfkill unblock all and thats about as far as i can get by myself


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    Re: ralink 802.11 n WLAN adaptor help

    after figuring that my internal wifi card is useless
    Why is that?
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: yes
    1: phy1: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    Many laptops, including my Lenovo, are built to disallow wireless networking if the wireless switch is off. I'd turn it on and try again. If your internal really is useless, which I doubt, I'd blacklist its driver. If its driver loads and interferes with the USB, then maybe it isn't useless.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: ralink 802.11 n WLAN adaptor help

    its useless coz no matter if i try win xp or ubuntu it doesnt work

    phy0: is the internal that doesnt turn on with wifi button on the laptop

    phy1: is the new usb wifi antena i bought that aparently works with linux (got the drivers on mini CD but dont know wut to do with em

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    Re: ralink 802.11 n WLAN adaptor help

    im using the laptop now running ubuntu and using my mobiles USB tethering to supply it with net

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    Re: ralink 802.11 n WLAN adaptor help

    What does this tell us with the Ralink inserted?
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep 0280
    lsusb
    The pipe symbol | is on the right side of my US keyboard on the same key with \.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: ralink 802.11 n WLAN adaptor help

    andy@andy-330:~$ lspci -nn | grep 0280
    00:05.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection [8086:4220] (rev 05)
    andy@andy-330:~$ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 007: ID 148f:5370 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT5370 Wireless Adapter
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0fce:7169 Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    andy@andy-330:~$

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    Re: ralink 802.11 n WLAN adaptor help

    I would blacklist the driver for the internal, just in case:
    Code:
    sudo su
    echo "blacklist ipw2200" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    modprobe -r ipw2200
    And add the driver for the USB so it loads automatically:
    Code:
    echo rt2800usb >> /etc/modules
    And load it:
    Code:
    modprobe rt2800usb
    exit
    Did a wireless interface get created, ideally wlan0?
    Code:
    iwconfig
    How recent is your Ubuntu version?
    Code:
    lsb_release -d
    I ask because 148f:5370 is a relatively recent device and won't be covered, for example, in 10.04.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: ralink 802.11 n WLAN adaptor help

    andy@andy-330:~$ sudo su
    [sudo] password for andy:
    root@andy-330:/home/andy# echo "blacklist ipw2200" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    root@andy-330:/home/andy# modprobe -r ipw2200
    root@andy-330:/home/andy# echo rt2800usb >> /etc/modules
    root@andy-330:/home/andy# modprobe rt2800usb
    root@andy-330:/home/andy# exit
    exit
    andy@andy-330:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSIDff/any
    Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm
    Retry long limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Power Managementn

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    andy@andy-330:~$ lsb_release -d
    Description: Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS

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    Re: ralink 802.11 n WLAN adaptor help

    wut ever you told me to type worked thanks a million been trying to get the wireless working in some way on this laptop and you solved it in no time lol great !

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    Re: ralink 802.11 n WLAN adaptor help

    Glad it's working! It's a wonder what a few thousand posts worth of experience can do!

    Please edit the title of your thread to add [SOLVED]. Thanks.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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