Saturday, October 17, 2009

Linksys WUSB54GC in Fedora 8

Lately, I tried to install my Linksys WUSB54GC USB to my PC which using Fedora 8 as OS. When I plugged it in, Fedora 8 already recognized wireless adapter as rt73. It means that Linksys WSB54GC uses RaLink chipset.
Now, I want to connect to the internet using wireless network.

Here is the configuration :

1. Check first if rt73usb module has been loaded

# lsmod |grep rt73

If there is no rt73usb module, then you have to load it manually to your kernel.

# modprobe rt73usb
# lsmod | grep rt73

and the result should be like this :
rt73usb                26945  0
rt2x00usb              12097  1 rt73usb
rt2x00lib              19009  2 rt73usb,rt2x00usb
2. Plug in the Linksys WUSB54GC to your laptop/PC. There should be wlan0 interface. Just bring it up if there is no interface.
# ifconfig -a
# ifconfig wlan0 up

3. You can also check whether the device already active and scan available Access Point.

# iwlist scan wlan0

4. Now let's configure the parameter. We need to configure the SSID name, and security type. Access point uses WEP key here.

# iwconfig wlan0 essid {essid-name} key {wep_key}

Let's see your configuration :

# iwconfig wlan0

5. Check if there is a mistake there. For IP address configuration, you can use DHCP.

# dhclient wlan0

6. Now you should be connected to Internet. You can monitor your WiFi using applet Network Monitor. Just click in empty toolbar, and choose Add to panel. Choose Network monitor, and look for new icon in toolbar. Right click on it and choose properties. Just for the right interface (wlan0) and close.

All set and you are ready to go.