No, no, I don't want to use the external ralink usb stick in AP mode (maybe later on other single board computers), only the internal wifi of the pi 3 and zero W. So I, am basically building repeaters for class room settings where only wifi is available, but students need their own personal wifi networks for building networked systems: I am trying to take in wifi on an external wifi stick like the ralink and then hosting it as a new AP on the internal (I think broadcom based) wifi - the hostapd part on that internal chip always works very well.
Turned out that the my other "ralink"-based sticks were actually realtek based. However, I also didi have some ralink-based cheap chinese usb sticks, which have the same id - and they also didn't work.
After updating, upgrading, dist-upgrading, and kernel upgrade, it still didn't work, so I looked at the firmware and saw 4 potential package versions, the installed one was something with rpi5 in the version number. I purged it and re-installed to the 2017 based version, and now my cheap ra-link chips work. The tenda-chip which has the same id, did initially still not work.
I then put it that tenda chip my desktop, which runs Ubuntu with a 4.13 kernel and there it worked.
Putting it back into the pi made the tenda stick work also there. So I think I solved the issue. Thanks a lot!
Can I asked one more question, MrEngman?
Which exact firmware version do you have installed?
I have now 20170823, but it suggests to upgrade to 1:20161130-3+rpt1 ( I think suggesting that downgrade as an upgrade is due to the fact that I have pinned testing in /etc/apt/preferences on -1).
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$ apt list --upgradable -a
firmware-misc-nonfree/stable 1:20161130-3+rpt1 all [upgradable from: 20170823-1]
firmware-misc-nonfree/testing,now 20170823-1 all [installed,upgradable to: 1:20161130-3+rpt1]
firmware-misc-nonfree/stable 20161130-3 all