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Problems with WRT300N (v1)

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Niwotian60, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. Niwotian60

    Niwotian60 Network Guru Member

    I'm now getting almost 20Mbps from my cable provider, so over the weekend I upgraded my system from an older Linksys 802.11b router to the WRT300N, including 2 WPC300N notebook adapters. The good news is that moving from my previous setup to the new setup only took a few minutes, and I was seeing speeds of up to 260Mbps on both notebooks with WPA2 (PSK2-Personal) security, although steady state seems to be 108-162Mbps.

    The bad news is that after a few hours, something happens and my throughput drops to 1Mbps. I have experienced this with both adapters on two different notebooks. After a while, the speed would slowly recover, jumping to 27Mbps, then 54, and finally back to 108+. All through this, my signal strength and S/N ratio remain solid (per the Linksys monitor).

    I have installed the latest official firmware from Linksys (0.93.3) for the router and the latest drivers for the adapters. I tried using WPA instead of WPA2 (just in case it was a problem with key negotiation or similar) and I have switched channels several times. I have also used netstumbler to make sure that the channel I was using was clear. I tried to call Linksys support but got caught in a wait queue that eventually dropped me after 20+ minutes on hold.

    Has anyone else had any experience with this router? Anyone with similar problems?
  2. mdavin3

    mdavin3 Network Guru Member

    yes, I have; and with either N or G adapters (doesn't seem to matter.
  3. ilkevinli

    ilkevinli Network Guru Member

    If you have any 802.11b or G adapters in the network, the speeds will automatically drop to 54mbps. If you turn the computers OFF that have the B or G adapters, the speed will jump back up.

  4. GhaladReam

    GhaladReam Network Guru Member

    Here's a suggestion:

    Don't waste money buying Draft-N or Pre-N products. They're still in the testing phase and aren't ready for production. They're available mostly for testing purposes. I wouldn't put anything 802.11n into production until the standard is finalized, which should be early 2008, from what I've read.

    The very day that Linksys releases a Linux compatible WRT that is Final-N, I'll definitely be jumping on that bandwagon, not a minute before. Sure, N is fast, but it's too flaky. My friend has tried 3 or 4 different Pre/Draft-N routers from different manufacturers, and they all exhibit similar problems: Drops, Interference, massive bandwidth loss for no apparent reason. NONE of which happen when he's using 802.11g.

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