I bought a generic Wi-Fi dongle that, according to the comments of the people who bought it, worked out of the box on Raspbian. Well, turns out it didn't. I'm struggling to make it work. I'm using Raspbian 3.10.25 on a Model B via ssh.
lo no wireless extensions. eth0 no wireless extensions.
I first suspected there was a missing firmware.
lsusb identifies the device as
148f:7601 Ralink Technology, Corp.
firmware-ralink was indeed installed out of the box, and according to some forum posts that indeed is the firmware for devices with
148f:7601 Ralink id. So I guess the modules should be loaded...
lsmod | grep -v snd:
Module Size Used by leds_gpio 2059 0 led_class 3688 1 leds_gpio
Apart from the sound modules only the LED modules are loaded. I guess there's something wrong with that... I tried loading some available modules...
at76c50x-usb.ko b43 hostap libertas_tf mwifiex rndis_wlan.ko rtl818x zd1201.ko ath b43legacy libertas mac80211_hwsim.ko p54 rt2x00 rtl8192cu zd1211rw
I tried modprobing everything in there with a "rt" prefix,
wlan0 still didn't show on
I'm at loss. Any ideas? The dongle came with a "driver" DVD. It consists of multiple folders of what seem to be multiple drivers for several different hardware. The documentation is missing for most of them and incorrect for the ones it's present. I tried to unzip and then
make && make install everything under the "Linux" directory that didn't have "Android" in the filename, but
make gives several errors and editing the makefiles without a manual would be challenging.