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Review of Linux Compatibility
The Linksys WUSB54GC (do not mix up with the Speedboost version WUSB54GSC) is a WiFi USB stick, which allows wireless connections according to IEEE 802.11g.
The WUSB54GVexists in three versions, each one using a differen chipset and hence differen drivers, i.e. kernel modules.
Linksys WUSB54GC v1 (13b1:0020)
This version of the WUSB54GC has a silver housing and bases on the Ralink RT73 chipset. The stick is identified as
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 13b1:0020 Linksys WUSB54GC 802.11g Adapter [ralink rt73]
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 13b1:0020 Linksys
This version of the stick is supported under Linux by the kernel module rt73usb. It is automatically recognized and initialyzed by the Linux kernel since Ubuntu 9.04.
Linksys WUSB54GC v2 (1737:0073)
This version of the WUSB54GC bases on the RTL8187B chipset and is shown by the Kernel in the following way:
Bus 001 Device 008: ID 1737:0073 Linksys
Linksys WUSB54GC v3 (1737:0077)
This version has a black housing and uses the USB ID 1737:0077
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 1737:0077 Linksys
This version of the WUSB54GC is supported since Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) (see bug report for responsible kernel patch) a gets initialized by the Linux kernel automatically since then:
usb 1-7: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 8 usb 1-7: New USB device found, idVendor=1737, idProduct=0077 usb 1-7: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3 usb 1-7: Product: 802.11 g WLAN usb 1-7: Manufacturer: Ralink usb 1-7: SerialNumber: 1.0 Registered led device: rt2800usb-phy3::radio Registered led device: rt2800usb-phy3::assoc Registered led device: rt2800usb-phy3::quality