I try to install a driver for my wireless adapter Ralink RT5370. I downloaded on the website http://www.mediatek.com/_en/07_downloads/01_windows.php?sn=501 the driver for linux.

Then I have modified :

  • in os/linux/config.mk 'HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y', 'HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=y' and 'WFLAGS += -DCONFIG_STA_SUPPORT' (removed "-DDBG" from the line)

  • in Makefile
    ifeq ($(CHIPSET),)
    CHIPSET = 5370
    endif (instead of 5572 5370 etc.)

Then I have done :

$sudo make && sudo make install
$sudo modprobe rt5572sta

+reboot but does not work. rt5572sta was the only module that was proposed for modprobe.

I am on 12.04

... Ralink Technology Corp. RT5370 Wireless Adapter

rt5572sta 739308 0 

$uname -r -m 
3.2.0-23-generic-pae i686

Does anyone know how to make it work please ? Thanks !

  • Maybe more of a question for askubuntu.com
    – Loko
    Dec 23, 2013 at 14:40
  • Ubuntu should already have drivers for the RT5370s, shouldn't need to use the vendor drivers.
    – Lawrence
    Dec 23, 2013 at 14:51
  • Could you pls post he output of lspci -vnn | grep -i net? Thank you Dec 23, 2013 at 16:00

2 Answers 2


Most likely, you are trying to use the wrong driver. Issue the following command:

  modinfo rt2800usb | grep 5370

and see whether the output is:

  alias:          usb:v148Fp5370d*dc*dsc*dp*ic*isc*ip*in*

or something very similar, containing the the string


If this is so, then you are using the wrong driver. Try instead

  sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree
  sudo rmmod rt5572sta
  sudo modprobe rt2800usb

and see whether this works now.


Note that in debian stretch today (new install) I see my wifi router but it wont connect. It has the rt2800usb module modprobed.

[10706.100166] wlx7cdd9049493a: authenticated
[10722.074791] wlx7cdd9049493a: authenticate with 50:a7:2b:58:8a:29
[10722.101567] wlx7cdd9049493a: send auth to 50:a7:2b:58:8a:29 (try 1/3)
[10722.103009] wlx7cdd9049493a: authenticated
[10730.714846] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlx7cdd9049493a: link is not ready
[10730.906698] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlx7cdd9049493a: link is not ready

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