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    [SOLVED] RaLink RT2500 rev 01 - A better driver than kernel?

    I just installed 8.04 on the kids system. My only complaint is that the kernel wireless driver yields a very slow connection. This leads to online games running slow and complaints.

    Is there a way to get full speed out of this wireless card or should I buy a new one? If so, which one will give full 54g performance out of the box?

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    charles@charles-desktop:~$ lspci
    00:00.0 Memory controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 Memory Controller (rev a3)
    00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 ISA Bridge (rev a3)
    00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation CK804 SMBus (rev a2)
    00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 USB Controller (rev a2)
    00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 USB Controller (rev a3)
    00:04.0 Multimedia audio controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 AC'97 Audio Controller (rev a2)
    00:06.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK804 IDE (rev f2)
    00:07.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK804 Serial ATA Controller (rev f3)
    00:08.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK804 Serial ATA Controller (rev f3)
    00:09.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCI Bridge (rev a2)
    00:0a.0 Bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 Ethernet Controller (rev a3)
    00:0b.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
    00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
    00:0d.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
    00:0e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
    00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
    00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
    00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
    00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
    01:09.0 Network controller: RaLink RT2500 802.11g Cardbus/mini-PCI (rev 01)
    01:0c.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller (rev 80)
    05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV370 5B60 [Radeon X300 (PCIE)]
    05:00.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV370 [Radeon X300SE]
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    Re: RaLink RT2500 rev 01 - A better driver than kernel?

    I have an Asus WL-107G PCCARD with the RT2500 chip and it works out-of-the-box with Ubuntu 8.04, with perfect stability and performance.
    I had some problems with it before because I had a hidden SSID on my access point... after making it visible everything worked perfectly.

    Hope this helps you in any way!

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    Re: RaLink RT2500 rev 01 - A better driver than kernel?

    Check you speed (right click on the connection and choose Connection information). If it says anything less than 54Mb/s, open up /etc/rc.local (as root) and add the following lines:
    Code:
       ifconfig wlan0 up
       iwconfig wlan0 rate 54M
    Replace wlan0 with you interface name. Worked for me.

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    Re: RaLink RT2500 rev 01 - A better driver than kernel?

    Quote Originally Posted by comandrei View Post
    Check you speed (right click on the connection and choose Connection information). If it says anything less than 54Mb/s, open up /etc/rc.local (as root) and add the following lines:
    Code:
       ifconfig wlan0 up
       iwconfig wlan0 rate 54M
    Replace wlan0 with you interface name. Worked for me.
    It does. It says 1Mb/s and that just doesn't work too well. I'm headed in for work right now, but I will try your suggestions when I get home tonight.
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    Re: RaLink RT2500 rev 01 - A better driver than kernel?

    Quote Originally Posted by jmtdstoc View Post
    I have an Asus WL-107G PCCARD with the RT2500 chip and it works out-of-the-box with Ubuntu 8.04, with perfect stability and performance.
    I had some problems with it before because I had a hidden SSID on my access point... after making it visible everything worked perfectly.

    Hope this helps you in any way!
    Mine works out of the box too, but only at 1 Mb/s which doesn't cut it around here.
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    Re: RaLink RT2500 rev 01 - A better driver than kernel?

    After reading "comandrei"'s post I checked my connection speed and it was only 6Mb/s!!!
    I edited the file as he explained and now I get the full 54Mb/s.
    The strange part is I never really noticed slow speeds.

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    Re: RaLink RT2500 rev 01 - A better driver than kernel?

    Quote Originally Posted by comandrei View Post
    Check you speed (right click on the connection and choose Connection information). If it says anything less than 54Mb/s, open up /etc/rc.local (as root) and add the following lines:
    Code:
       ifconfig wlan0 up
       iwconfig wlan0 rate 54M
    Replace wlan0 with you interface name. Worked for me.
    Thanks, that did the trick. I guess I won't be buying that new WiFi card after all
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    Re: RaLink RT2500 rev 01 - A better driver than kernel?

    I know sudo makes me root, but how do I open up /etc/rc.local ?
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    Re: RaLink RT2500 rev 01 - A better driver than kernel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Feenix3k View Post
    I know sudo makes me root, but how do I open up /etc/rc.local ?
    Code:
    gksudo gedit /etc/rc.local
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    Re: RaLink RT2500 rev 01 - A better driver than kernel?

    I see what I did wrong I had iwconfig wlan0 rate 54m instead of iwconfig wlan0 rate 54M
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