HOWTO setup Linksys WUSB54G V4 wireless in Ubuntu Gusty

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You will need the following packages:

build-essential and linux-headers-‘uname -r'

sudo aptitude installĀ  build-essential linux-headers-‘uname -r'

The first thing you will need to do is find a way of getting the RT2570 CVS driver on to your computer from here
Extract the contents of the archive into your home folder.

Then in the the terminal

cd rt2570-cvs-xxxxxxxxxx

(where xxxxxxxxxx is what that part of the folder name which you extracted. (it changes depending on the date)

and then change into the module directory:

cd Module

after that make the source code:


and then install as root

sudo make install

That covers installing the driver. Now if all goes well you will need to blacklist the default driver that comes with Gutsy.

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

at the bottom add "blacklist rt2500usb" (without the quoatation marks)

Then restart and manually configure your network by clicking the network monitor and choosing "manual configuration" and click "wireless connection" and then properties. Untick "enable roaming mode" and fill in the details as necessary then press ok and be sure to check the box next to wireless configuration.. And restart again and check if you are connected.

If you are not connected, in the terminal:

sudo gedit /etc/network/interfaces

and change all occurrences of "rausb1" to "rausb0" and then yet again, restart.

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2 Responses

  1. Cory says:

    Hrm… where were you three months ago when I was pulling my hair out trying to set this up?!?! =)

    How are the download rates using this driver? I can’t remember if I tried driver or not but one of the drivers I was told to try didn’t do so hot in the download speed category.

    I actually ended up downloading the latest driver from Linksys website and used ndiswrapper and I get very good download rates, actually maybe even a bit better than I was getting with the same wireless device in Windows. The trick if you go with the ndiswrapper option: you need to install all three files in the driver directory from Linksys… most of the how-to documents only mention two, but if you don’t copy over the third file it won’t work.

  2. Brian says:

    This guide helped me. Thank you very much.

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