Installing Ralink RT3290 Wireless Drivers in Ubuntu 12.04

For anybody looking to install drivers for Ralink Device 3290, I’ve finally managed to get it working so I thought I’d share.

1. Check your wireless controller hardware

lspci | grep Network

You should get the following output

Network controller: Ralink corp. Device 3290

If so, you will need to install Ralink driver 3562.
2. Download the driver source from the Ralink website, my local mirror (download here)

3. Extract the folder (DPO_RT3562_3592_3062_LinuxSTA_V2.4.1.1_20101217) to your home directory.

4. Open DPO_RT…/os/linux/

5. Change line 12 to read HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y
Change line 15 to read HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y

6. Open a terminal

cd DPO_RT3562_3592_3062_LinuxSTA_V2.4.1.1_20101217

7. sudo make

8. Install the driver.
sudo make install

9. Next you need to blacklist the conflicting wireless drivers

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

Add the following lines:
#Wireless drivers conflicting with rt3562sta
blacklist rt2800pci
blacklist rt2x00pci
10. Tell linux to load the correct module on boot
sudo gedit /etc/modules

Append the following line:
11. Update the changes
sudo update-initramfs -u
12. Restart your system. You should see a list of available networks in the network manager next time it boots.

If anyone has any problems with this please let me know and I’ll try to help!


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