SOLVED: rt73 Loads Fine, but Unable to Reach AP or Network

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20-04-2008 08:07:25

I was thinking that the problem might have something to do with my WEP encryption, so I sat down to try one more time... I set about to test disabling the encryption entirely, when my 11-year-old son sitting next to me wondered aloud if the MAC address on my adapter was causing the problem (I know -- pretty scary, huh??!) Anyway, it turns out he was correct, I had MAC filtering active on my AP, so once I added the new address my laptop took off like a rocket! Now all I have to worry about is what fee I'm going to have to pay my live-in consultant, I haven't a clue what that's going to come to!


Hello All,

I'm just about at my wit's end trying to get my wireless working. I have a Hawking HWUG1, a USB device which requires the rt73 driver, and I'm trying to get this to work on my Toshiba Satellite. I'm running Debian 2.6.18-4-686. I downloaded rt73-cvs-2008041913 and built and installed the module with no incidents. I followed the README to the letter, and everything seems to go fine from loading the module to configuration of the wlan0 interface. But when I try to actually ping something I get nowhere. Trying to ping another machine on my local network produces the "Destination Host Unreachable" message, while trying to ping outside the local network produces "unknown host" messages. Yet the LED on the USB adapter blinks.

My network setup is using a wired Linksys DSL router, and I have a wireless AP connected to that. All my machines have static IPs, including the Toshiba. I can see that the rt73 driver is loaded, along with firmware_class. I've tried manually configuring wlan0 exactly as described in the README in the cvs tarball, and also I've tried using /etc/network/interfaces, but neither seems to work. Oh, I also blacklisted ath_pci, ath_rate_sample and ath_hal so that the Atheros drivers wouldn't be loaded (the Toshiba has wireless capability built-in).

Here's how I configured the wlan0 interface

iwconfig wlan0 mode managed
iwconfig wlan0 essid "simon"
iwconfig wlan0 ap "XXXXXXXXXXXX"
iwconfig wlan0 key open
iwconfig wlan0 key "XXXXXXXXXX"

iwconfig wlan0 produces this

root@satellite~/Wireless/rt73-cvs-2008041913# iwconfig wlan0
wlan0 RT73 WLAN ESSID"simon"
ModeManaged Frequency=2.437 GHz Bit Rate54 Mb/s
RTS throff Fragment throff
Encryption key<my 10-digit key>
Link Quality=0/100 Signal level-34 dBm Noise level-115 dBm
Rx invalid nwid0 Rx invalid crypt0 Rx invalid frag0
Tx excessive retries0 Invalid misc0 Missed beacon0

ifconfig produces this

root@satellite~/Wireless/rt73-cvs-2008041913# ifconfig
lo Link encapLocal Loopback
inet addr127.0.0.1 Mask255.0.0.0
inet6 addr 1/128 ScopeHost
RX packets130 errors0 dropped0 overruns0 frame0
TX packets130 errors0 dropped0 overruns0 carrier0
collisions0 txqueuelen0
RX bytes11390 (11.1 KiB) TX bytes11390 (11.1 KiB)

wlan0 Link encapEthernet HWaddr 000E3B0E1A08
inet addr192.168.1.106 Bcast192.168.1.255 Mask255.255.255.0
inet6 addr fe8020e3bfffe0e1a08/64 ScopeLink
RX packets35398 errors0 dropped0 overruns0 frame0
TX packets3835 errors0 dropped0 overruns0 carrier0
collisions0 txqueuelen1000
RX bytes2751408 (2.6 MiB) TX bytes244002 (238.2 KiB)

Any ideas? I'm all ears! Thanks very much in advance!