I had been running the rt2860sta until recently. It would connect at 270Mbps and all, but was pretty unstable, and constantly caused the kernel to throw issues that filled my syslog files.
In the past few days, I got rid of all that stuff, and went back to the rt2800pci, and am very happy to say that it has been a solid rock for 2 days straight. Thank you all for that. My syslog is in your debt.
The reason for this note though is I am not able to get it to connect at anything higher than 54Mbps with the 2800pci module. I have scoured the forum, google searched, read pages on ubuntu, fedora, gentoo, and others. There seems to be a common theme here with the use of compat-wireless, but I cannot tie the two together well enough to know what exactly my next step should be.
My system is Fedora 15 32 bit
[code3snva1xt]188.8.131.52-5.fc15.i686.PAE #1 SMP Tue Aug 30 14:43:52 UTC 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
I am using the kernel module that came with this kernel.
rt2800pci 7711 0
rt2800lib 33638 1 rt2800pci
crc_ccitt 1245 1 rt2800lib
rt2x00pci 4929 1 rt2800pci
rt2x00lib 38908 3 rt2800pci,rt2800lib,rt2x00pci
mac80211 211975 3 rt2800lib,rt2x00pci,rt2x00lib
cfg80211 126267 2 rt2x00lib,mac80211
eeprom_93cx6 1247 1 rt2800pci
description: Ralink RT2800 PCI & PCMCIA Wireless LAN driver.
0b:00.0 Network controller : Ralink corp. RT2860 Wireless 802.11n PCIe [1814:0681]
iw list shows bitrates only up to 54 Mbps. Firmware is v.26, but have tried a few others as well.
finally some wlan0 info
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:"celestial"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.457 GHz Access Point: 00:24:B2:57:AD:A2
Bit Rate=54 Mb/s Tx-Power=27 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Link Quality=63/70 Signal level=-47 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:279 Invalid misc:26 Missed beacon:0
wlan0 Recommend Wireless Extension v21 or later,
Currently compiled with Wireless Extension v22.
What I am looking for is a pointer on where to learn further as I seem to have hit a roadblock. Thanks for any assistance.