My Ubuntu box has always been networked via Ethernet, but lately I’ve been toying with the idea of moving the box and/or the wireless hardware to different rooms. Before doing that, I’d need to get it on the network via wireless.
I happened to have a Linksys WUSB54GC USB wireless adapter so I plugged it in and hoped that Ubuntu would magically discover it and set everything up for me. No such luck. The adapter was detected and I even ended up with new wireless interfaces –
wmaster0, which seemed to be using the
rt73usb kernel module. I attempted to configure them, but things just weren’t working. For one thing, when I did
ifup on them, they attempted to get an address via DHCP, but they could not get one. I also noticed that when I tried to use
iwlist to list the available channels, it came back saying that 0 channels were available.
I did a search and came upon this page. This page walks you through downloading the source code for a
ralink-rt73 kernel module and building it with
module-assistant. The page also provides a link to a .deb package that installs all the udev voodoo to recognize the adapter and load the kernel module. When everything is done and working, you plug in the adapter and an interface called
rasusb0 is automatically created. The only problem I had was that I had to unload the
rt73usb kernel module and then reinsert the adapter to get the kernel module to load and to get the
rausb0 interface to be created. Once, I had the
rasusb0 interface, it was pretty easy to set it up to get the wireless working. I entered the SSID and WEP key in the Ubuntu “Networking” panel and then went to the command-line to do a few finishing touches:
$ sudo iwconfig rausb0 channel 2 $ sudo ifdown eth0 $ sudo ifup rausb0 $ ping 192.168.1.1 PING 192.168.1.1 (192.168.1.1) 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from 192.168.1.1: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=3.54 ms 64 bytes from 192.168.1.1: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=1.65 ms
Definitely not plug and play but not as hellish as I had imagined.