Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why I cannot find any information about Legacy drivers?
A. As for previous information, after April 10, all information about Legacy drivers has been purged from the wiki.
Q. I downloaded the driver from the Ralink website, but I have trouble getting it to work. Can you help me?
A. No. If you want to use the drivers from the Ralink website, go to the Ralink website and ask for help there. We only support in-kernel drivers (rt2x00).
Q. What are rt2400, rt2500, rt2570, rt61, rt73 ?
A. These are chipsets developed by Ralink Inc for the wireless market. They are the basis around which many manufacturer cards are built.
Q. Why do we have this project ?
A. Ralink initially released the drivers under a closed source license. After a period of time in the market, Minitar worked with Ralink to bring the drivers into the open-source community such that we can bugfix and enhance the driver ourselves.
Q. Why are all these chipset drivers in the same SourceForge project ?
A. Because we are developing a new Linux driver from scratch that will support all Ralink-based cards under a new driver called rt2x00.
Q. Hang on, the SF project is called rt2400, not rt2x00 ! How come !?
A. We started this project when only the rt2400 code was GPL. Since then other code has been released but we wanted to keep all code-bases under the control of a single project. Why you ask ?
Q. Will you then rename the SF project to rt2x00 ?
A. No, because SourceForge doesn't allow it. We will just make sure all the documentation is up-to-date and reflects the fact that we are supporting several card types.
Q. Who are the main developers ?
A. See the developers page
Q. How do I get help ?
A. Check out our support forum and mailing lists. We monitor both and will be able to offer assistance on any problems you have.
Q. What is the RutilT ?
A. It is a X11 based application using the QT framework that replicates the standard interface you would expect when using the driver under a Windows operating system. It allows you to scan for active WLANs, configure/connect to them, etc.
Q. How come I can't get greater than 11mb in Adhoc mode ?
A. Because, going by the 802.11 specifications, 11mb/s is the fastest rate you can obtain under an adhoc connection. Some cards support "breaking the rules" though to get the full 54mb/s. To enable this, check the iwpriv_usage.txt file and look for other AdhocOfdm parameter.