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How to tell if a USB WiFi will work on Fedora?

asked 2016-06-22 21:49:28 -0600

wolfv gravatar image

updated 2016-07-02 16:20:34 -0600

I am shopping for a USB WiFi.

This USB WiFi Wireless Adapter says "Supports LINUX operating system" "package including Software Driver".

Do Linux drivers work for all distros, or are the specific to Linux distros?

There is a RTL8192EU driver for Ubuntu and Mint on Realtek wireless chipset: install the right driver. Would the driver work on Fedora 24?

Comfast USB WiFi with Realtek RTL8192EU Chipset are readily available.

Thank you.

6/23/16 update: I just ordered one USB WiFi with the Ralink RT7601 Chipset.

7/2/16 update: I received the USB WiFi yesterday and tested it. The USB WiFi with Ralink RT7601 Chipset works great. No install was required on Fedora 24 (Linux kernel 4.5). I plugged the USB WiFi into the USB port and it just worked.

Caution: some USB WiFi that look the same use Chipset Ralink RT5370 (the driver is a year older than RT7601)

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It says that the chipset built in is a Ralink RT7601 . Take that information to or and see what they say about the chipset.

According to here it looks like this device will work with kernel module mt7601u

And how about this one:

Please let me know if and how you succeed - I need to equip a desktop PC with Wifi too.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-06-22 22:09:36 -0600 )edit

The four links you provided are interesting, but none of them mention Ralink RT7601. "Ralink MT7601U Wireless Adapter" is closest match.

wolfv gravatar imagewolfv ( 2016-06-23 01:20:37 -0600 )edit

Ralink was acquired by MediaTek in 2011.
So maybe they changed the driver name prefix from "RT" to "MT".
And the MT7601U driver might just work fine on the Ralink RT7601 Chipset.

And List of Wi-Fi Device IDs in Linux shows Ralink MT7601U was "first seen kernel version 4.2", what ever that means.
Fedora 24 uses Linus kernel 4.5. So maybe that's close enough.

wolfv gravatar imagewolfv ( 2016-06-23 02:24:34 -0600 )edit

@wolfv, what manufacturer is of the dongle that you purchased? And, is it working on F25 if you had chance to install it? I'm using ASUSTek Computer, Inc. WL-167G v2 802.11g Adapter [Ralink RT2571W] on my F25 but it does not provide the desired speed and needs to be replaced with something more suitable for 2017. Please let us know.

jogreen29b gravatar imagejogreen29b ( 2017-03-23 23:49:40 -0600 )edit

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answered 2016-06-23 02:12:42 -0600

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updated 2016-06-23 12:59:23 -0600

It appears that Mediatek took over Ralink, so RT7601 and MT7601 are the same thing. There is a kernel module and firmware for it.

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Bug 1264631 - dmesg: Direct firmware load for mt7601u.bin failed with error -2 says:
linux-firmware-20151214-60.gitbbe4917c.fc22 has been pushed to the Fedora 22 testing repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

So I guess the firmware is in Fedora since Fedora 22. Seems like there should be kernel module to go with it.

wolfv gravatar imagewolfv ( 2016-06-23 04:43:18 -0600 )edit

I just checked in the kernel modules directory and the mt7601u.ko.xz module is there. I just hadn't updated my locate database recently enough.

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2016-06-23 12:55:25 -0600 )edit

Thanks @Samual.
I just ordered one USB WiFi with the Ralink RT7601 Chipset.

wolfv gravatar imagewolfv ( 2016-06-23 13:47:49 -0600 )edit

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