Raspian with Ralink 7601 Wifi Adapter

James Young · April 27, 2016

Recently picked up a Ralink 7601 Wifi Adapter (a no-name clone wifi stub from Ebay), for the princely sum of about $2 delivered.  It’s identifable easily because in lsusb it shows up as;

Bus 001 Device 005: ID 148f:7601 Ralink Technology, Corp.

Unfortunately, it turns out these things aren’t natively supported by Raspian without a firmware module.  But there’s hope!

This guide shows how to get it running, which essentially just boils down to this command;

wget https://github.com/porjo/mt7601/raw/master/src/mcu/bin/MT7601.bin -O /lib/firmware/mt7601u.bin

And then configuring it like you normally would in wpa_supplicant.  Pretty easy stuff in the end.

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