Belkin F5D8053 USB (Ralink rt2870 chipset) in openSUSE 11.3


Toshiba Celeron laptop with Win 7, Ubuntu 10.04, Fedora Core 13, and openSUSE 11.3. I went to YAST >Software Management but didn’t see rt2870, I only saw rt2860 and rt3070 staging firmware files. So I had to compile RT2870.bin from source (Ralink corp. | Home). Then I went to /lib/firmware but saw .bin files for rt2561, 2561s, 2661 and rt2860, then blacklisted them to avoid interfering with rt2870.

uname -r
mkdir /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/updates
mkdir: cannot create directory `/lib/modules/2.6.34-12-default/updates': File exists

strip --strip-debug os/linux/rt2870sta.ko
strip: 'os/linux/rt2870sta.ko': No such file
cp os/linux/rt2870sta.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/updates

cp: cannot stat `os/linux/rt2870sta.ko': No such file or directory

cd /home/tt888/source/build/2010_0709_RT2870_Linux_STA_v2.4.0.1
# cp os/linux/rt2870sta.ko  /lib/modules/2.6.34-12-default/updates
# depmod -a

# modinfo rt2870sta|grep -i 8053
alias:          usb:v050Dp8053d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*

Stay tuned! I will plug the usb adapter in and reboot to see if ra0 shows up.

HCL:Network (Wireless) - openSUSE

Hi cafe4926,

Thanks for the link. I’ve already got kernel-firmware pkg installed. I decided to get the Belkin adapter (version 4001) while waiting for the Broadcom wl STA issue get sorted out. How do I get rt2870sta loaded automatically at boot? After unplugging the cable and restart, the Belkin USB adapter lit up. In YAST’S ifup GUI page, I only saw eth0 and ath0 which represents the current built-in Atheros AR5001 miniPCI wireless adapter. Here’s what Gnome terminal shows:

#/sbin/lspci -nnk
09:06.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
	Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:ff00]
	Kernel driver in use: 8139too

09:04.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: ENE Technology Inc CB1410 Cardbus Controller [1524:1410] (rev 01)
	Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:ff00]
	Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus

02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:001c] (rev 01)
	Subsystem: Askey Computer Corp. Device [144f:7106]
	Kernel driver in use: ath5k


lo        no wireless extensions.

ra0       Ralink STA  
eth0      no wireless extensions.

ath0      IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:"snynhatrang"  
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
          Tx-Power=20 dBm   
          Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off
ath0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:16:E3:5F:55:1F  
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1492  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:16:D4:26:4E:BC  
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
          Interrupt:11 Base address:0x4800 
# /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.

ra0       Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down

eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.

ath0      Scan completed :
          Cell 01 - Address: 00:1F:33:B4:E1:D8
                    Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
                    Quality=37/70  Signal level=-73 dBm  
                    Encryption key:on
                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                              24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                    Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                    Extra: Last beacon: 172ms ago
                    IE: Unknown: 000B736E796E68617472616E67
                    IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
                    IE: Unknown: 030101
                    IE: Unknown: 2A0104
                    IE: Unknown: 2F0104
                    IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1
                        Group Cipher : CCMP
                        Pairwise Ciphers (1) : CCMP
                        Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                    IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
                    IE: Unknown: 2D1A1C181AFFFF000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
                    IE: Unknown: 3D1601080400000000000000000000000000000000000000
                    IE: Unknown: 7F0101
                    IE: Unknown: DD090010180201F0010000
                    IE: Unknown: 
  867.168309] ath0: authenticate with 00:1f:33:b4:e1:d8 (try 1)
  867.170116] ath0: authenticated
  867.170156] ath0: associate with 00:1f:33:b4:e1:d8 (try 1)
  867.172122] ath0: RX AssocResp from 00:1f:33:b4:e1:d8 (capab=0x411 status=18 aid=0)
  867.172126] ath0: 00:1f:33:b4:e1:d8 denied association (code=18)
  867.172146] ath0: deauthenticating from 00:1f:33:b4:e1:d8 by local choice (reason=3)

I would appreciate further advice/instructions. Thank you.

You will have to forgive me because I meet so many folk here and post much. But were you previously trying to config a broadcom device even though you have a working atheros pci wireless?
And was @lwfinger involved?

Anyway, back to your issue.
You sound as though you are using ifup - not network manager? Correct?

I can’t say I know the consequences of having or trying to get 2 wireless devices working @lwfinger would know better than me
I suspect you would be better blacklisting the atheros out.
Larry has a getting your wireless to work which should help, I assume you have been using that.

Hopefully he will post here, because I have to go out today and feel he is better able to advise.

Hi caf4926,

Yes, that’s me. I were using ifup to configure my usb card. The only time I use Network Manager is for checking the presence and info of a connection. In the past I did try blacklisting ath5k but I lost wireless altogether; I had to leave ath5k and ath5k_cs (yenta cardbus driver) alone. I forgot which forums recommend leaving the built-in adapter alone.

You have always been helpful, thank you!