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  1. #1

    No wireless with recent firmware versions

    Hi,

    I have a recent WL-500g Deluxe. It came with 1.8.2.1. This works.

    If I put in a more recent image, such as Oleg's 1.9.2.7-5a firmware, or ASUS's 1.9.4.0(EN) beta firmware, the wireless interface stops working completely: it doesn't show up in MacStumbler anymore, and obviously I can't connect to it either.

    The LED on the device itself responds correctly to disabling or enabling the radio via the Status & Log / Wireless web interface control.

    I've tried resetting to default values after the firmware upgrade but this didn't help.

    Here's the system log from Oleg's firmware (which is otherwise a very neat piece of work - thanks!):

    Code:
    Jan  1 00:00:04 syslogd started: BusyBox v1.00 (2005.05.11-18:29+0000)
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: 0x00000000-0x00040000 : "pmon"
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: 0x00040000-0x003e0000 : "linux"
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: 0x000eb5b4-0x003e0000 : "rootfs"
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: 0x003f0000-0x00400000 : "nvram"
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: 0x003e0000-0x003f0000 : "config"
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: sflash: found no supported devices
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: IP: routing cache hash table of 512 buckets, 4Kbytes
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: TCP: Hash tables configured (established 2048 bind 4096)
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: ip_conntrack version 2.1 (256 buckets, 2048 max) - 344 bytes per conntrack
    Jan  1 00:00:04 dnsmasq[57]: read /etc/hosts - 4 addresses
    Jan  1 00:00:04 dnsmasq[57]: reading /tmp/resolv.conf
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: ip_conntrack_pptp version 1.9 loaded
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: ip_nat_pptp version 1.5 loaded
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: ip_tables: (C) 2000-2002 Netfilter core team
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: ipt_time loading
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: IPv6 v0.8 for NET4.0
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: IPv6 over IPv4 tunneling driver
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: NET4: Ethernet Bridge 008 for NET4.0
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: 802.1Q VLAN Support v1.7 Ben Greear <greearb@candelatech.com>
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: All bugs added by David S. Miller <davem@redhat.com>
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: FAT: bogus logical sector size 64512
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: FAT: bogus logical sector size 64512
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: NTFS: Unable to set blocksize 512.
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: VFS: Mounted root (squashfs filesystem) readonly.
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: Mounted devfs on /dev
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: Freeing unused kernel memory: 72k freed
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: Algorithmics/MIPS FPU Emulator v1.5
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: eth0: Broadcom BCM47xx 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Controller 3.90.7.0
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: PCI: Enabling device 01:03.0 (0004 -> 0006)
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: ontroller 3.90.23.0
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: eth0.1: add 33:33:00:00:00:01 mcast address to master interface
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: eth0.1: add 33:33:ff:75:ba:58 mcast address to master interface
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: eth0.1: dev_set_promiscuity(master, 1)
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: device eth0 entered promiscuous mode
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: device eth0.1 entered promiscuous mode
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: device eth1 entered promiscuous mode
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: br0: port 2(eth1) entering listening state
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: br0: port 1(eth0.1) entering listening state
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: br0: port 2(eth1) entering learning state
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: br0: port 1(eth0.1) entering learning state
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: br0: port 2(eth1) entering forwarding state
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: br0: topology change detected, propagating
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: br0: port 1(eth0.1) entering forwarding state
    Jan  1 00:00:04 kernel: br0: topology change detected, propagating
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: usb.c: registered new driver hub
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.275 $ time 21:43:09 Apr 20 2005
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: PCI: Enabling device 01:02.0 (0000 -> 0001)
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0x100, IRQ 2
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: hub.c: USB hub found
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: hub.c: 2 ports detected
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: PCI: Enabling device 01:02.1 (0000 -> 0001)
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0x120, IRQ 2
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 2
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: hub.c: USB hub found
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: hub.c: 2 ports detected
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: usb-uhci.c: v1.275:USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: PCI: Enabling device 01:02.2 (0000 -> 0002)
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: ehci_hcd 01:02.2: PCI device 1106:3104
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: ehci_hcd 01:02.2: irq 2, pci mem c00a4000
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 3
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: PCI: 01:02.2 PCI cache line size set incorrectly (0 bytes) by BIOS/FW, correcting to 32
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: ehci_hcd 01:02.2: USB 2.0 enabled, EHCI 1.00, driver 2003-Dec-29/2.4
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: hub.c: USB hub found
    Jan  1 00:00:05 kernel: hub.c: 4 ports detected
    Jan  1 00:00:06 kernel: usb.c: registered new driver usblp
    Jan  1 00:00:06 kernel: printer.c: v0.13: USB Printer Device Class driver
    Jan  1 00:00:07 kernel: usb.c: registered new driver audio
    Jan  1 00:00:07 kernel: audio.c: v1.0.0:USB Audio Class driver
    Jan  1 00:00:07 kernel: Linux video capture interface: v1.00
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: usb.c: registered new driver usb-storage
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: USB Mass Storage support registered.
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: eth0.1: del 33:33:ff:75:ba:58 mcast address from master interface
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: eth0.1: del 33:33:ff:75:ba:58 mcast address from vlan interface
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: eth0.1: del 33:33:00:00:00:01 mcast address from master interface
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: eth0.1: del 33:33:00:00:00:01 mcast address from vlan interface
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: br0: port 1(eth0.1) entering disabled state
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: eth0.1: dev_set_promiscuity(master, 1)
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: eth0.1: add 33:33:00:00:00:01 mcast address to master interface
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: eth0.1: add 33:33:ff:75:ba:58 mcast address to master interface
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: br0: port 1(eth0.1) entering listening state
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: br0: port 1(eth0.1) entering learning state
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: br0: port 1(eth0.1) entering forwarding state
    Jan  1 00:00:08 kernel: br0: topology change detected, propagating
    Jan  1 00:00:08 udhcpc[84]: udhcpc (v0.9.9-pre) started
    Jan  1 00:00:09 dnsmasq[57]: read /etc/hosts - 4 addresses
    Jan  1 00:00:09 dnsmasq[57]: reading /tmp/resolv.conf
    Jan  1 00:00:09 dhcp client: deconfig: lease is lost
    Jan  1 00:00:09 udhcpc[84]: Lease of 213.93.168.xxx obtained, lease time 498914
    Jan  1 00:00:09 dnsmasq[57]: read /etc/hosts - 4 addresses
    Jan  1 00:00:09 dnsmasq[57]: reading /tmp/resolv.conf
    Jan  1 00:00:09 dnsmasq[57]: using nameserver 195.162.196.5#53
    Jan  1 00:00:09 dnsmasq[57]: using nameserver 62.179.104.196#53
    Jan  1 00:00:10 dhcp client: bound IP : 213.93.168.xxx from 213.93.168.129
    <some DHCP leases were handed out here to wired clients>
    Jun 10 23:53:26 ntp client: Synchronizing time with time.nist.gov ...
    Playing around with ifconfig and brctl when telnetting to the box shows that eth0 is the WAN port, and that eth0.1 and eth1 are bridged. No surprises there...

    Code:
    [admin@(none) root]$ wl dump
    wl0: Jan 12 2005 15:44:51 version 3.90.23.0
    
    resets 3
    perm_etheraddr 00:11:d8:75:ba:58 cur_etheraddr 00:11:d8:75:ba:58
    board 0x120f, board rev 1.5
    wsec 0 auth 0 wsec_index -1 wep_algo 0
    rate_override: A 0, B 0
    antdiv_override 0 txant 0
    current_bss.BSSID 00:11:d8:75:ba:58
    current_bss.SSID "OT"
    associated 1
    
    [admin@(none) root]$ wl status
    SSID: "OT"
    Mode: Managed   RSSI: 0 dBm     noise: 0 dBm    Channel: 6
    BSSID: 00:11:D8:75:BA:58        Capability: ESS ShortSlot 
    Supported Rates: [ 1(b) 2(b) 5.5(b) 6 9 11(b) 12 18 24 36 48 54 ]
    Interestingly enough, if I repeat "wl dump" the SSID sometimes gets broadcast, and MacStumbler catches it.

    Any help would be appreciated!

  2. #2
    This is truly teh weird. Seems channel 6 is dead (the neighbours have equipment on 2 and 11), but moving it to channel 8 works!?

    Needless to say, the investigation continues... more tomorrow.

  3. #3
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    Try wl rssidump - it will print some undecoded infor about a channels, then wl intereference to see current status, and then wl intereference 2 to override some weird intereference stuff.
    Post stuff here.

  4. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by Oleg
    Try wl rssidump - it will print some undecoded infor about a channels,
    With the 1.8.2.1 original firmware and me as a client on channel 8, this gives:
    Code:
    ACI is Inactive
    Channel 1 : 
    Channel 2 : 
    Channel 3 : 
    Channel 4 : -6 -6 -7 -6 -6 -6 -6 -7 -7 -7 -6 -7 -7 -7 -6 -7 -6 -7 -6 -6 -7 -6 -6 -6 -7 -6 -6 -6 -6 -7 -7 -6 -6 -6 -6 -7 -7 -6 -7 -6 -6 -7 -7 -6 -6 -7 -7 -6 -6 -6 
    Channel 5 : 0 2 3 2 1 2 1 0 
    Channel 6 : 
    Channel 7 : 
    Channel 8 : 
    Channel 9 : 
    Channel 10 : 
    Channel 11 : 4 6 5 4 5 4 5 3 4 5 4 3 3 3 4 3 4 4 4 2 4 5 3 4 5 3 3 5 3 5 6 4 2 5 5 7 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 6 3 
    Channel 12 : 2 4 -4 2 -4 3 0 -5 3 4 3 -2 
    Channel 13 : -11 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -11 -11 -11 -11 -10 -10 -11 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -11 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -11 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -11 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10
    Quote Originally Posted by Oleg
    then wl intereference to see current status, and then wl intereference 2 to override some weird intereference stuff.
    Code:
    Auto Wireless LAN Interference mitigation is enabled and not active
    It's on channel 8 now, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oleg
    Post stuff here.
    Interesting commands for sure. What do rssi and ACI stand for?

    For completeness' sake, here's wl aciargs:
    Code:
    Glitch count to enter ACI scan mode: 1000
    Glitch count to exit ACI mode: 200
    Usecs to spin between rssi samples : 10
    Interval (in seconds) for ACI scanning in presence of high glitch count: 20
    I'll reboot into 1.9.2.7-5a and post the outcome of these commands there too.

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by lantao
    I'll reboot into 1.9.2.7-5a and post the outcome of these commands there too.
    And here goes for 1.9.2.7-5a:

    Code:
    ACI is Inactive
    Channel 1 : 
    Channel 2 : 
    Channel 3 : 0 1 -2 -3 -3 -3 -2 1 1 1 0 
    Channel 4 : -5 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -5 -5 -5 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -5 -6 -5 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 -6 
    Channel 5 : 0 1 1 4 2 2 
    Channel 6 : 
    Channel 7 : 
    Channel 8 : 
    Channel 9 : 
    Channel 10 : 
    Channel 11 : 3 4 2 4 4 3 3 5 5 3 3 3 5 4 2 6 6 5 3 3 4 5 3 2 4 5 4 3 3 3 4 2 3 3 4 3 4 4 5 5 5 3 4 4 2 5 3 5 5 3 
    Channel 12 : 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 4 5 6 4 4 3 4 3 3 3 5 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 2 4 4 5 4 5 5 4 4 4 5 5 4 3 5 
    Channel 13 : 4 5 4 5 4 4 4 5 4 4 6 4 3 3 3 3 4 3 5 3 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 6 4 3 5 2 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 4 4
    Code:
    Auto Wireless LAN Interference mitigation is enabled and not active
    The neighbour moved from channel 2 to 3 overnight.

    Interestingly enough (I keep using those words!), the signal strength is much better with this firmware than ASUS's 1.8.2.1, more what it should be at two meters from the AP.

    I'm ready to chalk this up to crazy stuff in the aether... glad that this seems to be working now, thanks for your advice!

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