[rt2x00-users] New_Ralink_Hardware

Selim T. Erdogan selim at alumni.cs.utexas.edu
Wed Nov 7 19:09:36 AEDT 2012


On Wed, Nov 07, 2012 at 08:43:38AM +0100, Gertjan van Wingerde wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM, Burek Pekaric <burek021 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I have USB wifi dongle which says "Tenda W326U" on its plastic cover, but
> > debian wheezy recognized it as:
> > "ID 148f:2878 Ralink Technology, Corp."
> >
> > I tried to do "modprobe rt2800usb" but I didn't get anything with iwconfig
> > or ifconfig -a
> >
> > Also, the strange thing is that usb-devices tells me it's a "storage"
> > device? :)
> > T:  Bus=01 Lev=03 Prnt=04 Port=01 Cnt=01 Dev#=  7 Spd=480 MxCh= 0
> > D:  Ver= 2.00 Cls=00(>ifc ) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS=64 #Cfgs=  1
> > P:  Vendor=148f ProdID=2878 Rev=00.01
> > S:  Manufacturer=Ralink
> > S:  Product=802.11 n WLAN
> > C:  #Ifs= 1 Cfg#= 1 Atr=80 MxPwr=32mA
> > I:  If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 2 Cls=08(stor.) Sub=06 Prot=50 Driver=usb-storage
> > Is there any way to make this thing work on my debian machine?
> > Thanks in advance.
> >
> 
> I *think* this is a dual mode device, in which it initially behaves as
> a storage device that contains the drivers (Windoze only
> unfortunately). It is then put in wifi mode by the driver.
> 
> Under Linux this is achieved by the usb_modeswitch program.
> Unfortunately I am away from home during the week, so I can only show
> you some examples on how to do this in the weekend. Alternatively you
> can google for usb_modeswitch or maybe some debian people can help you
> with it.

There're a couple of packages in debian called "usb-modeswitch" and 
"usb-modeswitch-data" that you can install.  With those installed, my
3G modem dongle automatically gets switched to modem mode, after 
being initially recognized as storage.  Hopefully they'll do the trick 
for your wifi dongle too.




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