How-To: Belkin wireless g usb network adapter F5D7050

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How-To: Belkin wireless g usb network adapter F5D7050

Postby ewiget » Wed Dec 20, 2006 18:56

Thought I would offer this brief howto on setting this device up, its related to this article I did - http://www.edwiget.name/content/view/103/26/ See article for pictures. It comes with a usb wireless G stick and also a base station that you could use to move the usb stick around. Cable on the base is about 8 - 10 feet long. Works with or without the base.

This device is a relatively cheap usb wireless G pen/stick - you can get them for less than $40 and mine has a great signal strength sitting 6 rooms away (about 200 feet) from an access point. You can get one from my online store even - http://www.nextdaypc.com/main/products/ ... ND0011694&

It can use 2 different modules depending on the FCC ID:
K7SF5D7050A - rt2500
K7SF5D7050B - rt73

The modules are in portage, however, I couldn't get it to work with the ones included in 3.2 DVD and lsmod would actually show both the rt2500 and rt73 modules loaded. I tried for about 3 hours to get it to work with the one for my card, which uses the rt73 module.

The modules are also available at http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com

This brief howto covers the rt73 setup.

Download the daily cvs from the above address - rt73-cvs-daily.tar.gz

Extract it:
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tar xzfvp rt73-cvs-daily.tar.gz


Remove the ones that are in portage:
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emerge -C rt2500
emerge -C rt73
emerge -C rt73-firmware


Remove the left over modules in your kernel modules directory, since I am still running 2.6.18-gentoo-4, mine are at:
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rm /lib/modules/2.6.18-gentoo-r4/net/rt2500.ko
rm /lib/modules/2.6.18-gentoo-r4/net/rt73.ko


Change to the directory you extracted the daily cvs:
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localhost ~ # cd rt73*/Module


Make and make install:
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localhost ~ # make && make install


Edit the file /etc/modules.d/rt73 and change it to:
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#alias usbra? rt73
alias ra0 rt73


Run modules-update force:
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localhost ~ # modules-update force


Load the module:
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localhost ~ # modprobe rt73


Now, run the command iwconfig and it should show something about rausb0 but it wont have an ip address yet.
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localhost ~ # iwconfig


create the net.rausb0 by linking it to net.eth0 in init.d directory:
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localhost ~ # ln -s /etc/init.d/net.eth0 /etc/init.d/net.rausb0


If you don't need anything special, such as setting ESSID or Encryption, you can go ahead and now run:
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localhost ~ # /etc/init.d/net.rausb0 start


And use default settings. If you need to set ESSID or Encryption, you will need to modify /etc/conf.d/wireless

When done, you should be able to run iwconfig and show your connected settings:
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localhost ~ # iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

vmnet1    no wireless extensions.

vmnet8    no wireless extensions.

rausb0    RT73 WLAN  ESSID:"tSp"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency=2.462 GHz  Access Point: 00:06:25:A5:A4:F5
          Bit Rate=11 Mb/s
          RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=65534 B
          Encryption key:off
          Link Quality=77/100  Signal level:-62 dBm  Noise level:-99 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
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Postby JAwuku » Sat Feb 24, 2007 17:29

Thanks Ewiget! :cheers:

This is the first time I've been able to use my Ralink RT73 USB wireless in Sabayon.

I'm typing this from my 64-bit computer, using the same wireless network.

Could you please put this up as a wiki?

Again, many thanks
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Postby ewiget » Sat Feb 24, 2007 21:21

never posted anything to wiki before, so I don't even know how....lol.
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n00b question...

Postby corbinator9000 » Thu Aug 16, 2007 17:31

i apologise for my obvious n00bness, but if one does need to specify the essid and key, what exactly are the modifications one must make?
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Postby WarraWarra » Thu Aug 16, 2007 21:18

Very nice guide should be posted in the wiki.
Maybe you can clean up the sticky pre 3.4e bcm43xx / ipw3945 one I made in networking part of the forum and post it then I will remove that one. ( fine tune it like this one )

Thanks.
Moderator.
Edit: Moved it to networking + Sticky
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Re: How-To: Belkin wireless g usb network adapter F5D7050

Postby WarraWarra » Fri Aug 24, 2007 19:30

Updated .zip containing .inf , .sys , .cat for ndiswrapper use + I tested the .zip 3 times and works perfectly.
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Re: How-To: Belkin wireless g usb network adapter F5D7050

Postby Raqua » Fri Sep 07, 2007 22:29

I followed your how-to and this is where I got stuck.

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 # ./net.rausb0 start
 * Caching service dependencies ...                                                                      [ ok ]
 * Starting rausb0
 *   Bringing up rausb0
 *     dhcp
 *       Running dhcpcd ...
Error, rausb0: timed out   


Any hints ? Thanks.
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Re: How-To: Belkin wireless g usb network adapter F5D7050

Postby WarraWarra » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:57

In /etc/make.conf is use flags that could help with this rt cards and getting them to work.

rt2400pci
rt2500pci
rt2500usb
rt61pci
rt73usb
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Re: How-To: Belkin wireless g usb network adapter F5D7050

Postby Raqua » Wed Oct 03, 2007 22:29

I made it work this way!
viewtopic.php?f=52&t=10770
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Re: How-To: Belkin wireless g usb network adapter F5D7050

Postby rhys42 » Sun Feb 03, 2008 21:36

This seems to work out of the box in 3.5.
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