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[SOLVED] wireless solution for my upgrade from 10.04 to 12.04.1, Ralink USB dongle

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Just recording this in case someone else out there has this same problem. In short, my old solution for getting my specific wireless usb device to work with Ubuntu 10.04 ended up blocking my wirless connection when I upgraded to 12.04.1. Removing part of that old solution solved it. I have an ALFA brand 802.11n USB wireless dongle for my desktop. Based on the Ralink 2870 aka rt2870 / 3070 / rt3070 I installed this wireless USB device back when I was running Ubuntu 10.04, and it required some additional work and drivers at the time. The solution back then with 10.04 was in part to add (Hardware)