Ralink Drivers (WMP54G V4 users look here)

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by Advis, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. Advis

    Advis Network Guru Member

    Don't know if anybody has noticed but on Ralink's driver page there's a new driver combining RT2500 and RT61 chipsets into a single package, RT2500 (thats the one in Linksys WMP54G cards and the V4 WPC54G card I think) updated to v3.1.0.0. It's been out about a month.

    They're giving me signal strength at around 90-100% according to site survey so there not bad at all :D.
  2. Yrovy

    Yrovy Network Guru Member

    Thanks Advis!

    It's much better than linksys because:
    - Support WPA/WPA2-PSK AES (tested both with WRT54G)
    - Support channel 1-14
    - Signal strength is improved according to everest, -40 dBm vs -51 dBm for the linksys driver.
    - Better monitoring utility (more stats and options)
    - Fixed 'memory could not be read' at restart / shutdown on my system that is caused linksys utility.

    Because wmp54gv4 is not recognized automatically by the ralink driver, you should install it manually. For those who need instruction, these are what I've done:

    1. Unistall linksys driver, restart
    2. Found new hardware wizard appears after restart, cancel it
    3. Install the ralink driver, restart when asked at the end. The previous procedure only installs the monitoring utility but not the driver. To actually install the driver:
    4. after restart, go to device manager, locate the unrecognized network controller (your wmp54g), right click it and choose update driver.
    - choose 'install from specific location (advanced)'
    - choose 'don't search. I will choose the driver to install', click next
    - choose network adapters, click next
    - in manufacturers choose Ralink Technology, Inc, and in network adapter choose 'Wireless PCI adapter version (20/10/05). Click next.
    - Update driver warning dialog box will appear. Ignore it by clicking 'yes'. After finish, you'll see the ralink utility is active at tray, double click on it to setup your network.

    Hope that helps.
  3. Advis

    Advis Network Guru Member

    I'm glad they've helped you! I'm currently attempting to bait Ralink into sending me a beta version of their next driver so I'll see what I can do.
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