hey, I have some good news on this! it works!
I have no idea precisely why, but it seems a kernel-update or kmod-staging update has fixed the problems :-)
here's a quick summary:
my USB wifi device is listed by "lsusb" as:
ID 0bda:8171 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188SU 802.11n WLAN Adapter
(it's a super cheap WiFi stick I bought at CONRAD here in germany for something like 12EUR)
machines on which I successfully used the above device:
Fedora 16 Kernel 3.4.11-1.fc16.x86_64 AMD 64bit desktop computer with USB2.0
Fedora 16 Kernel 3.4.11-1.fc16.i686 Intel 32bit laptop with USB1.1
> yum install kmod-staging
> wget http://au.billion.com/downloads/3011...nux_Driver.zip
> unzip -j 3011N_Linux_Driver.zip "*rtl8192sfw.bin" -d RTL8192SU
> mv RTL8192SU /lib/firmware/
> depmod -a
..then plug in device.
signs of success:
- device blinks nicely
- ifconfig shows "wlan0"
nice work, everybody!