Technology/MediaTek IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n wireless network device
ral* at cardbus?
ral* at pci?
driver supports PCI/PCIe/CardBus wireless
adapters based on the Ralink RT2500, RT2501, RT2600, RT2700, RT2800, RT3090
and RT3900E chipsets.
The RT2500 chipset is the first generation of 802.11b/g adapters from Ralink. It
consists of two integrated chips, an RT2560 MAC/BBP and an RT2525 radio
The RT2501 chipset is the second generation of 802.11a/b/g adapters from Ralink.
It consists of two integrated chips, an RT2561 MAC/BBP and an RT2527 radio
transceiver. This chipset provides support for the IEEE 802.11e standard with
multiple hardware transmission queues and allows scatter/gather for efficient
The RT2600 chipset consists of two integrated chips, an RT2661 MAC/BBP and an
RT2529 radio transceiver. This chipset uses the MIMO (multiple-input
multiple-output) technology with multiple radio transceivers to extend the
operating range of the adapter and to achieve higher throughput. However, the
RT2600 chipset does not support any of the 802.11n features.
The RT2700 chipset is a low-cost version of the RT2800 chipset. It supports a
single transmit path and two receiver paths (1T2R). It consists of two
integrated chips, an RT2760 or RT2790 (PCIe) MAC/BBP and an RT2720 (2.4GHz) or
RT2750 (2.4GHz/5GHz) radio transceiver.
The RT2800 chipset is the first generation of 802.11n adapters from Ralink. It
consists of two integrated chips, an RT2860 or RT2890 (PCIe) MAC/BBP and an
RT2820 (2.4GHz) or RT2850 (2.4GHz/5GHz) radio transceiver. The RT2800 chipset
supports two transmit paths and up to three receiver paths (2T2R/2T3R). It can
achieve speeds up to 144Mbps (20MHz bandwidth) and 300Mbps (40MHz bandwidth.)
The RT3090 chipset is the first generation of single-chip 802.11n adapters from
The RT3900E chipset is a single-chip 802.11n adapter from Ralink. The
MAC/Baseband Processor can be an RT5390 or RT5392. The RT5390 chip operates in
the 2GHz spectrum and supports one transmit path and one receiver path (1T1R).
The RT5392 chip operates in the 2GHz spectrum and supports up to two transmit
paths and two receiver paths (2T2R).
These are the modes the ral
driver can operate in:
- BSS mode
- Also known as infrastructure
mode, this is used when associating with an access point, through which
all traffic passes. This mode is the default.
- IBSS mode
- Also known as IEEE ad-hoc mode
or peer-to-peer mode. This is the
standardized method of operating without an access point. Stations
associate with a service set. However, actual connections between stations
- Host AP
- In this mode the driver acts as an access point (base
station) for other cards.
- monitor mode
- In this mode the driver is able to receive packets without
associating with an access point. This disables the internal receive
filter and enables the card to capture packets from networks which it
wouldn't normally have access to, or to scan for access points.
driver can be configured to use Wired
Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK). WPA
is the current encryption standard for wireless networks. It is strongly
recommended that WEP not be used as the sole mechanism to secure wireless
communication, due to serious weaknesses in it.
driver relies on the software 802.11 stack
for both encryption and decryption of data frames on the RT2500, RT2501 and
RT2600 chipsets. On the RT2700 and RT2800 chipsets, the
driver offloads both encryption and
decryption of data frames to the hardware for the WEP40, WEP104, TKIP(+MIC)
and CCMP ciphers.
The transmit speed is user-selectable or can be adapted automatically by the
driver depending on the number of hardware transmission retries.
driver can be configured at runtime with
or on boot with
The RT2501, RT2600, RT2700 and RT2800 chipsets require the following firmware
files to be loaded when an interface is brought up:
The RT2500 chipset does not require a firmware file to operate.
The following PCI adapters should work:
A-Link WL54H. AirLive WN-5000PCI.
Amigo AWI-926W. AMIT WL531P. AOpen AOI-831. ASUS WL-130G. ASUS WL-130N. ASUS
WIFI-G-AAY. Atlantis Land A02-PCI-W54. Belkin F5D7000 v3. Canyon CN-WF511.
CNet CWP-854. Compex WLP54G. Conceptronic C54Ri. Corega CG-WLPCI54GL. Digitus
DN-7006G-RA. Dynalink WLG25PCI. E-Tech WGPI02. Edimax EW-7128g. Edimax
EW-7628Ig. Edimax EW-7728In. Eminent EM3037. Encore ENLWI-G-RLAM. Eusso
UGL2454-VPR. Fiberline WL-400P. Foxconn WLL-3350. Gigabyte GN-WPKG. Gigabyte
GN-WP01GS. Gigabyte GN-WI02GM. Gigabyte GN-WP01GM. Hawking HWP54GR. Hercules
HWGPCI-54. iNexQ CR054g-009 (R03). JAHT WN-4054PCI. KCORP LifeStyle KLS-660.
LevelOne WNC-0301 v2. Linksys WMP54G v4. Longshine LCS-8031N. Micronet
SP906GK. Minitar MN54GPC-R. MSI MS-6834. MSI PC54G2. OvisLink EVO-W54PCI.
PheeNet HWL-PCIG/RA. Planex PCI-GW-DS300N. Pro-Nets PC80211G. Repotec
RP-WP0854. SATech SN-54P. Signamax 065-1798. Sitecom WL-115. SparkLAN WL-660R.
Surecom EP-9321-g. Surecom EP-9321-g1. Sweex LC700030. TekComm NE-9321-g.
Tonze PC-6200C. Unex CR054g-R02. Zinwell ZWX-G361. Zonet ZEW1600.
The following CardBus adapters should work:
A-Link WL54PC. Alfa AWPC036. Amigo
AWI-914W. AMIT WL531C. ASUS WL-107G. Atlantis Land A02-PCM-W54. Belkin F5D7010
v2. Canyon CN-WF513. CC&C WL-2102. CNet CWC-854. Compex WL54. Conceptronic
C54RC. Corega CG-WLCB54GL. Digiconnect WL591C. Digitus DN-7001G-RA. Dynalink
WLG25CARDBUS. E-Tech WGPC02. E-Tech WGPC03. Edimax EW-7108PCg. Edimax
EW-7708PN. Eminent EM3036. Encore ENPWI-G-RLAM. Eusso UGL2454-01R. Fiberline
WL-400X. Gigabyte GN-WMKG. Gigabyte GN-WM01GS. Gigabyte GN-WM01GM. Hawking
HWC54GR. Hercules HWGPCMCIA-54. JAHT WN-4054P(E). KCORP LifeStyle KLS-611.
LevelOne WPC-0301 v2. Micronet SP908GK V3. Minitar MN54GCB-R. MSI CB54G2. MSI
MS-6835. Pro-Nets CB80211G. Repotec RP-WB7108. SATech SN-54C. Sitecom WL-112.
SparkLAN WL-611R. SparkLAN WPCR-501. Surecom EP-9428-g. Sweex LC500050.
TekComm NE-9428-g. Tonze PW-6200C. Unex MR054g-R02. Zinwell ZWX-G160. Zonet
The following Mini PCI adapters should work:
Amigo AWI-922W. Billionton MIWLGRL.
Gigabyte GN-WIKG. Gigabyte GN-WI01GS. Gigabyte GN-WI02GM. MSI MP54G2. MSI
MS-6833. SparkLAN WMIR-215GN. Tonze PC-620C. Zinwell ZWX-G360.
The following example scans for available networks:
# ifconfig ral0 scan
The following hostname.if(5)
example configures ral0 to join network “mynwid”, using WPA key
“mywpakey”, obtaining an IP address using DHCP:
The following hostname.if(5)
example creates a host-based access point on boot:
inet 192.168.1.1 255.255.255.0
driver first appeared in
. Support for the RT2501 and RT2600
chipsets was added in OpenBSD 3.9
. Support for the
RT2800 chipset was added in OpenBSD 4.3
. Support for
the RT2700 chipset was added in OpenBSD 4.4
for the RT3090 chipset was added in OpenBSD 4.9
driver was written by
driver does not make use of the hardware
cryptographic engine present on the RT2500, RT2501 and RT2600 chipsets.
driver does not support any of the 802.11n
capabilities offered by the RT2700, RT2800 and RT3090 chipsets. Additional
work is required in
features can be supported.
On the RT2500, RT2501 and RT2600 chipsets, host AP mode doesn't support power
saving. Clients attempting to use power saving mode may experience significant
packet loss (disabling power saving on the client will fix this).
Some PCI ral
adapters seem to strictly require a
system supporting PCI 2.2 or greater and will likely not work in systems based
on older revisions of the PCI specification. Check the board's PCI version
before purchasing the card.