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Old 08-15-2006, 01:31 PM   #1
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Card Install (edimax 7318gu)

Well i have an Edimax 7318GU usb wirless adapter. On the box i saw that it works on suse linux, but i dont understand the readme, so i insert it, maybe you can help me to do what it wants.
So my linux kernel is 2.6.13
The readme:
* Ralink Tech Inc.


Supporting Kernel:
linux kernel 2.4 and later

This is a linux device driver for Ralink RT73 a/b/g WLAN Card.

Makefile.4 : Makefile for kernel 2.4 series
Makefile.6 : Makefile for kernel 2.6 series
*.c : c files
*.h : header files

This driver implements basic IEEE802.11. Infrastructure and adhoc mode
with open or shared or WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK authentication method.
NONE, WEP, TKIP and AES encryption.

Build Instructions:
For 2.4 series kernel:
a. $tar -xvzf RT73_Linux_STA_Drv_x.x.x.x.tar.gz
go to "./RT73_Linux_STA_Drv_x.x.x.x/Module" directory.

b. Use 'chmod' command to change access right of following script files :
'load', 'unload', 'Configure'

c. run 'cp Makefile.4 Makefile'

d. $make config # config build linux os version

e. $make all # compile driver source code

f. $cp rt73.bin /etc/Wireless/RT73STA/ # copy firmware

g. $load # load/insmod module(rt73.o)

Note: Script functionality:
load load module to kernel
unload unload module from kernel
Configure retrieve linux version

For 2.6 series kernel:
a. go to 'STA/Module' directory.
run 'cp Makefile.6 Makefile'

b. $make all

c. cp rt73.bin /etc/Wireless/RT73STA/ # copy firmware

d. run '/sbin/insmod rt73.ko' (as root)
'/sbin/ifconfig rausb0 inet YOUR_IP up'

For big endian platform:

RT73 driver can be configured via following interfaces,
i.e. (i)"iwconfig" command, (ii)"iwpriv" command, (iii) configuration file

i) iwconfig comes with kernel.
ii) iwpriv usage, please refer to file "iwpriv_usage.txt" for details.
iii)copy configuration file "rt73sta.dat" to /etc/Wireless/RT73STA/rt73sta.dat.
and a lot of things about configuration, but my problem is, i cannot find the makefile directory. I don't know what the STA means ( ifound the modul dir in the sys :S) So if U understand anything please help me, this is my 2nd card i try to install

Old 08-16-2006, 09:42 AM   #2
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I also had trouble with this install file. I managed to compile the driver as from memory there is an automake file. I have been implementing wireless at home and this chipset is next on the list.

I also googled a number of how to's and you may wish to check out NetManager project at sourceforge. I will post the solution when complete.

The first thing you have to do which is not in the readme is check the permissions on the Configure file. It needs to be executable. Ensure that you have installed the kernel-devel for your kernel. Type ./Configure and it will run a script to prepare for the make.

It will first ask you for the kernel source directries. Enter the path on your machine eg. /usr/src/kernels/2.6.15-1.2054_FC5-x86_64. That will set some variables.

Next run make and when that is finished you will need to su or sudo make install. This installs the driver file and will create ifcfg-rausb0 in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/.

Rather than running insmod you should use modprobe. Type modprobe rt73 and it should return /lib/modules/2.6.15-1.2054_FC5/extra/rt73.ko. This shows the driver is loaded.

If you open your system-network configuration, the device rausb0 (in my case because I have a TP-Link TL-WN321G usb adapter) is inactive. Activate it and away you go. All you have to do is get the wireless security set.

Hope this helps you

Last edited by Au_Squirrel; 08-16-2006 at 10:13 AM.
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thank you for your answer this helps me a lot!!



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