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WAP54Gv3.1 bad channels! Beware

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by gumby86, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. gumby86

    gumby86 Guest

    I recently purchased 2 WAP54G's from the CompUSA here in Albuquerque. I installed one at the house, and the kids later complained that it kept dropping and reconnecting. I had initially set it up on Channel 3, WPA-Personal, with the same PSK as I had on the Belkin it replaced. Sure enough it was randomly cycling, giving disconnects on two PC laptops and my MacBook.

    Time to troubleshoot.

    I set up one of the PC laptops on NetStumbler and kept the MacBook and other PC laptop set to the SSID that this unit is on. I then began to work thru channels 1 thru 11. What I found was a bit shocking. Only channels 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 worked at all. On the channels that did work, Netstumbler showed the signal, AND both the MacBook and PC laptop connected up fine to them. I did notice some dropouts on the Netstumbler output for channel 3. The serial number of this unit is MDG306616417.

    Deciding that I must just have a bad unit, I broke out the other one (serial #MDG30F656026) and began testing it. The results were exactly the same. So, I turned off my cell phone, pulled the battery out of my 2.4G telephone and unplugged the base station. No change. Set the unit up in a different part of the house, thinking maybe the PC's were interfering and same results.

    Roadtrip to Radio Shack and picked up two ferrite filters (chokes). I put one on the power cable and one on the ethernet. No change. Only the above mentioned 5 channels worked on either unit.

    Roadtrip #2 to Staples, who has the WAP54G on sale for $20 off until 3/31/07 and purchased a third unit. I tested this unit using the same methodology and found that channels 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, and 11 work on it. Channels 5, 6 and 8 are DEAD. Serial Number of this unit is MDG306C43724.

    All of this has led me to believe that Linksys is using some crappy radio chips in this model... now. For the record, all 3 units were version 3.1, with the latest 3.04 firmware installed. Checking on thier site, there isn't any firmware listed for version 3.1, so I am assuming that 3.04 must be the latest. I think that I have removed any other environmental factors that could play a role in this testing.

    This is all very unfortunate, as the WAP54G & WRT54G are staples in my business, (IT Consultant). In the past they seem to have been very reliable. And the ease of adding the albeit overpriced 7dbi antenna kit has made them hard to beat. Now I have to rethink this product line.

    The original 2 have been returned to CompUSA for a refund. I think the moral of the story is to check these units out after purchase. They should work on all 11 channels, and if they dont, return them.

  2. SideshowBob1969

    SideshowBob1969 Network Guru Member

    Channels 1 to 5 are not working.
    Channels 6 to 13 work but how can you trust such firmware at all?

    !!!! NOT RECOMMENDED !!!!
  3. SideshowBob1969

    SideshowBob1969 Network Guru Member

    SORRY, a mistake by me, I was talking about Firmware Version: 3.08 - HiPower 1.04

    Sorry again!!!

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