Installing A Ralink USB WiFi Dongle
I purchased a Ralink usb wifi dongle and this is how I got it up and running. You can purchase these in a lot of places but I got mine at http://www.dx.com/p/k11-mini-ieee-802-11-b-g-n-150mbps-wi-fi-usb-2-0-dongle-black-147188
To make sure you have the same one as mine go to a termainal and type
You should get a list returned, one item in the list should show
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 148f:7601 Ralink Technology, Corp.
You may have a different bus or device id number but the identification "148f:7601" should be the same
Although it may not be necessary you should keep your linux box up to date and should update it now before installing, and we will also install the necessary building tools.
Extract and install the driver
Use your distributions network manager to configure your connection. You should now have a connection to your wifi router / access point