This is the procedure I used to install my ASUS WiFi@Home card AKA a RT2400 from RaLink.
Note: The process is almost identical to the one available on the Ubuntu wiki for RT2500 cards just exchange rt2500 with rt2400. This install guide shows u the simple basics via command line (less bloat I hope).
1. Before you start
You’ll need Ubuntu installed check the Ubuntu website www.ubuntu.org for help with that.
Also note command input and command output colors are the used here.
2. Install Card(Physically) and check its detected
After you have installed the card open a terminal and type:
lspci | grep RaLink
0000:02:0d.0 Network controller: RaLink Wireless PCI Adpator RT2400 / RT2460
If it doesn’t appear as in the second line there is a problem, try moving the card to a different PCI slot, first check you typed the command correctly (including case).
3. Connect to the internet using Ethernet/Modem
If you cant you will have to download the packages manually to a CD or something before proceeding. (Connecting the computer to the net would be much much easier!)
4. Install Compilers and Linux Headers
In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
After you type your password compilers and Linux headers for your Ubuntu should install should then download and install.
5. Download Driver Source
Download the driver source from http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/rt2400/ to an easy to remember directory (/home/yourusername). If you type the following command to grab the driver with wget (though you might want to check for a new driver version):
There are a number of versions, pick the latest stable build (I used beta version 1.2.2-b3).
6. Extract Tarball/Archive
Move to the directory where you saved the driver you downloaded.
To unzip/extract it enter in the command line:
tar –xvzf rt2400-1.2.2-b3.tar.gz
7. Compile Driver
Move to the Module folder in the extracted directory.
Then in the command line:
The driver should then compile. No errors should occur should end with leaving directory message.
8. Check the driver works
Load the driver module into the kernel (no recompiling J) and check it worked by typing the following in a console:
sudo insmod rt2400.ko
ifconfig ra0 up
ra0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:00:00:00:00:00
inet6 addr: fe80::20e:a6ff:fe74:16bb/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:41 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:5729 (5.5 KiB) TX bytes:930 (930.0 b)
Interrupt:21 Base address:0x8000
9. Install it permanently
First deactivate the card:
Copy the module to the systems module folder:
sudo cp rt2400.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/
Make ubuntu look for the card on boot:
echo “alias ra0 rt2500” | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/rt2500
Rebuild module dependencies:
10. Auto-config on start
If you want to have your IP address etc automagically set on boot add the following to your /etc/network/interfaces file with your own settings.
iface ra0 inet static
And add the following to your /etc/resolv.conf file (add your own settings again, your gateway is usually your dns on home network routers).
11. More Information/References
Project Website: http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
Project Source Forge Page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/rt2400
For RT2500 but most relevant guide: https://wiki.ubuntu.com//Rt2500WirelessCardsHowTo/