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Old 12-15-2011, 03:39 PM   #1
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Problem with wifi connection in Gentoo


After installing Gentoo (again), I can't connect to the Internet with my wifi USB.

It's a Belkin f5d8053, and this is the lsusb output:

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 050d:815c Belkin Components F5D8053 N Wireless USB Adapter v3000 [Ralink RT2870]
The ralink modules are included in the kernel, after using genkernel --menuconfig all. I've installed wireless-tools and rt73-firmware too. But nothing works.

And I've always the same problem when I (re)install Gentoo. Any help?
Old 12-16-2011, 01:39 AM   #2
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please try wvdial ... network manager also has the options of setting up mobile broadband

Old 12-16-2011, 06:59 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by bluesatbridge View Post
please try wvdial ... network manager also has the options of setting up mobile broadband

I'll try wvdial, but I can't try network manager currently, because I have no desktop environment.

EDIT: I can't try wvdial neither, because I don't use a "modem", only ADSL/wifi.

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Old 12-20-2011, 06:04 PM   #4
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I have an USB toy that's based on that same chip, and it works without a hitch using wpa_supplicant. The relevant output follows:

# lsusb
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 148f:3070 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT2870/RT3070 Wireless Adapter
# lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
rt2800usb              13777  0 
rt2800lib              38939  1 rt2800usb
crc_ccitt               1251  1 rt2800lib
rt2x00usb               8674  1 rt2800usb
rt2x00lib              32905  3 rt2800usb,rt2800lib,rt2x00usb
mac80211              184818  3 rt2800lib,rt2x00usb,rt2x00lib
cfg80211              160852  2 rt2x00lib,mac80211
I didn't do anything else, that I can remember to get it working, but install wpa_supplicant and start /etc/init.d/net.wlan0 (which, as usual, is just a symlink to net.lo). I didn't even configure /etc/conf.d/net. I assume your system uses udev as usual, otherwise autodetection won't work, I guess.


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