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Old 12-03-2006, 02:43 AM   #1
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RaLink RT2500 drivers and iwconfig

Hey guys. I finally decided to get a linux compatible wireless card and picked up a Ralink card that uses RT2500 drivers. I downloaded the latest drivers from "" and installed them. I can modprobe them with no problem and the interface is available as ra0.

Here is where my problem lies. It seems that I cannot change the essid via iwconfig! I can change the mode, and key with iwconfig but I cannot change the essid! There is no error, it simply won't do it. I'm more than a bit confused with this. I've installed the latest wireless tools and the wireless extensions apparently was built with my kernel (2.6.18) and the wireless extensions I believe is v20.

Any help is appreciated as I'm dying to use my new card.

Old 12-04-2006, 07:43 PM   #2
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iwconfig eth0, or I guess ra0, essid YOUR ESSID wont work
In fedora 5 the file is
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-etho on my system this might be ifcfg-ra0 for you, see if it lists an essid example
# Wireless config
MODE= Managed
ESSID=your essid
this will make the essid you enter your default
Also did you try bringing your network down before trying to change the essid

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