Fellow openSUSErs, my Wifi woes might almost be at an end!
I would like to point out that I have read the stickies, worked through them as best I can, and searched for other posts relating to my brand and chipset of wireless USB device.
Pertinent technical information is given at the end of the post. I am happy to add any more that may be useful, if people can provide me with the command necessary to retrieve it.
I need advice on how to install the firmware (it came with a CD-ROM).
The device is recognized by YaST.
Which gives the following advice:
“The device needs a firmware to function properly…”
The device manufacturer’s CD-ROM tells me in a Readme in the first directory I open in the zipped file:
"The driver interface was developed on wpa_supplicant v.0.4.7.
You can install the WPA Supplicant Free Edition development from website.
[Linux WPA Supplicant (IEEE 802.1X, WPA, WPA2, RSN, IEEE 802.11i)](http://hostap.epitest.fi/wpa_supplicant/)
After download the package then go to wpa_supplicant directory"
From here it gets very complicated (OK it’s all relative, but for me…). I am having difficulty following the instructions, which are very poorly written.
If I proceed in YaST without installing the firmware, it is capable of scanning for networks and identifies the network to which I wish to connection, but does not achieve connection.
My questions are the following:
Can I simply install RT2501 Firmware? What is WPA supplicant and do I need it? HOW do I install the firmware (yes I’m that much of a noob)?
us 005 Device 005: ID 148f:2573 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT2501USB Wireless Adapter
The kernel has the following to say:
sb 5-3: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 4 usb 5-3: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice phy1 -> rt2500usb_init_eeprom: Error - Invalid RT chipset detected. phy1 -> rt2x00lib_probe_dev: Error - Failed to allocate device. usb 5-3: New USB device found, idVendor=148f, idProduct=2573 usb 5-3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0 usb 5-3: Product: 802.11 bg WLAN usb 5-3: Manufacturer: Ralink phy2: Selected rate control algorithm 'pid' Registered led device: rt73usb-phy2::radio Registered led device: rt73usb-phy2::assoc Registered led device: rt73usb-phy2::quality usbcore: registered new interface driver rt73usb wlan0 renamed to wlan1 by udevd  udev: renamed network interface wlan0 to wlan1
As always a big thank you in advance to those who having taken the trouble to read these are able to post a response.