Linux Wifi: Belkin F5D7050 Wireless G USB Adapter

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I was testing my Belkin USB WiFi dongle today and Debian wouldn’t use it and I was getting errors/issues to do with a faulty firmware.

Even after following a few guides online and installing different packages etc, I still couldn’t get it to work but I finally managed using the following method:

Add Contrib & Non-Free Repo’s:

nano /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://YOUR.CHOSEN.MIRROR squeeze main non-free contrib
deb-src http://YOUR.CHOSEN.MIRROR squeeze main non-free contrib
apt-get update

Install Latest Working Firmware (and tools):

apt-get install firmware-ralink wireless-tools

– OR –
Download manually: Wireless-Tools and ralink-Firmware

dpkg -i package.deb

Plug the WiFi Dongle in and test:

ifconfig wlan0 up

iwlist scan

All your local AP’s should wizz past on screen now.