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#REDIRECT [[Wireless Setup#rt2x00]]
This page describes how you can make the new '''rt2x00''' drivers work. This page '''does not''' describe the legacy '''rt2500''', '''rt2400''', '''rt2570''', '''rt61''' and '''rt73''' drivers derived from the original Ralink drivers. The '''rt2x00''' driver has a few advantages over the legacy drivers: It works with all the standard tools, it is in active development as part of the kernel, and it is SMP-safe.
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A lot has changed since these drivers were out-of-tree, so it's worth trying the modules (now in the main kernel package) even if the drivers have not worked for you in the past.
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For help with these drivers see the [http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/phpBB/viewforum.php?f=5 rt2x00 Driver Support] section of the rt2x00 forums.
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== Installing the driver ==
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The rt2x00 drivers are now part of the mainline kernel. One need only load the relevant module:
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# modprobe rt2400pci
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# modprobe rt2500pci
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# modprobe rt2500usb
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# modprobe rt61pci
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# modprobe rt73usb
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The last two require a firmware file, provided by the Linux firmwares package:
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pacman -S linux-firmware
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== Setting the interface up ==
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If you have module autoloading enabled, the drivers should be loaded automatically when you boot your machine or insert the device. If this doesn't work or autoloading is disabled, load the modules manually:
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modprobe 80211
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modprobe rc80211_simple
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modprobe $driver
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where $driver is one of the following: '''rt2500pci''', '''rt2400pci''', '''rt2500usb''' or '''rt61pci'''.
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When the driver is loaded, you will have two interfaces, wmaster0 and wlan0.
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== Using the driver ==
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See [[Wireless Setup#Part II: Wireless management]]
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=== wpa_supplicant ===
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rt2x00 should work fine with the wpa_supplicant '''wext''' driver. It is not necessary to patch it any more. See [[WPA supplicant]]
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=== Using WEP ===
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WEP works with the wireless extensions used by iwconfig. See [[Wireless Setup#Wireless Quickstart]].
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