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WRV54G Problems

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by kspare, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    I have 5 wrv54's on 5 different client sites. They each have 3 vpn tunnels to a cisco pix.

    I hear complaints about the wireless dropping. This seems to have been resolved lately by changing all of them to use channel 11.

    However, my bigger problem is that the web interface will completly drop. Once that happens if the router isn't rebooted, the router will freeze.

    Rebooting solves this but you never know how long it will last for.

    I have one router running 2.37 and the other 4 are running 2.36

    Any ideas??? I haven't tried the latest beta or going back to 2.2x

    I will post my results as I move forward.

    If anyone has any other version of firmware, could you please forward them to me. This router actually came loaded with 2.31....but I can't find the firmware and I didn't think I test that one first..DUH

    Software Results:
    2.03 - Untested
    2.10 - Untested
    2.21 - Unstable
    2.25.2 - Unstable
    2.36 - Unstable
    2.37.1 - Currently Testing
    2.37.7(beta) - Testing
     
  2. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    If you haven't done so, try changing the mtu to manual, then set it to 1500. I got this from a guy in another forum and that stabilized mine wrv "alot."
     
  3. opjose

    opjose Network Guru Member

    Yup.

    I've been complaining about the 2.3x "Official" firmware rebooting or hanging up on other threads.

    One of the things that happens just before I loose connectivity is that the web interface performs exactly as you've described.

    There are unacknowledged problems with the 2.3x series firmware which Linksys needs to address.
     
  4. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    I think for the time being i'm gong to go back to 2.21 or 2.25 and see how those work instead. as long as my tunnels work. i'm a happy guy.
     
  5. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    I'm running v2.37 on my WRV54G and haven't had any problems with the web interface hanging or the wireless network dropping :? Did you clear the config and re set it up after updating the firmware?
     
  6. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    Yes I have. I'm also running a few vpn tunnels over it as well. Not sure if you are or not. I tried turned down the key exchange to 3600 seconds, so i will see if that helps or not.
     
  7. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Yep, I have 5 tunnels setup but only 2-3 are active at any one time :)
     
  8. Sonartech

    Sonartech Guest

    WRV54G 2.3x Firmware is BROKEN!

    The symptoms for me:

    1) Connectivity dies and then Web Interface drops requiring a reboot.
    2) The first 2 entries in Port Forwarding randomly delete themselves.
    3) The hostname in setup populates itself with various PC names.

    Linksys / Cisco has really done a number of their customers with this "gem". As much as this POS costs, you'd think they'd be more Johnny-on-the-spot about fixing these REALLY bad problems. Instead, you get tech support based in Bangalore, India, where it will take you 10 minutes alone to say your e-mail address and make sure they get it right. On 2/24/05, they told me they'd never heard about the Port Forwarding problem... and told me they'd send me a beta firmware to try. It's now 24+ hours later, and I still don't have anything to try. I'm taking this expensive, overpriced POS back today. I require solid connectivity - not the random behaviour this POS's giving me.

    The Linksys WRV54G is NOT ready for Consumer Use, and shame on Linksys/Cisco for releasing it! The WRV54G has Alzheimer's Disease.

    SonarTech
     
  9. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    UPDATE!

    Ok folks here's my status update.

    I am running a WRV54g with 2.21 - So far wireless is stable, it hasn't hung and all vpn's are working flawlessly. I avoided 2.25 because there weren't any updates that affected me.

    Because i'm pissed at linksys, i also bought a dlink DI-824VUP

    It's wireless is stable and all vpn's are working flawlessly.

    Both units are doing vpn tunnels into a Cisco Pix 506 Firewall. I tweaked the tunnel settings as well, once I know I have this stable i'll let everyone know.

    They are very similar units, I'm not sure what I like better as they both have some things that I like.

    WRV54G - fqdn for vpn - nice so if you have alot of client, you can change your end and not have to touch the remote routers if you do a vpn or connection upgrade.

    DI-824VUP - can support two dns server via dhcp, support for external modem, builtin parralell and usb print server, cheaper

    My VPN Settings are as follows:
    Local Subnet:
    Remote Subet:
    Remote Gateway:
    Preshared Key:
    IKE - DH Group1 - ENC DES - AUTH Alg MD5 - Life 3600 Seconds
    IPSEC - ESP - DES - MD5 - Key Life 3600 Seconds

    Hope this helps everyone.
     
  10. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Re: WRV54G 2.3x Firmware is BROKEN!

    I haven't experienced any of those problems, what hardware revision are you using?
     
  11. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    UPDATE

    Well, the dlink hasn't dropped yet, but the linksys with software 2.21 it failed on the web and icmp pings, but recovered after 30 mins, and failed again 2 hours later permamently. I will try the next version of firmware and see where it takes me.

    I am using hardware rev .02 not sure if there is anything else out there?
     
  12. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Mine is :-

    Code:
    Hardware Version:    Rev.02  	 	 	 	
    
    Software Version: 	 2.37.1 				
    
    MAC Address : 	     00:0C:xx:xx:xx:xx 				
    
    Local MAC Address:  00:0C:xx:xx:xx:xx 				
    
    System Up Time: 	 189:10:33
    
     
  13. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    I think 02 is the latest unless anyone else knows otherwise. I just bought this one a few days ago. Brand new..UGH!

    Anyway, I upgraded to 2.25.2
    I reset to factory defaults and re-entered my config.

    This was helpful because prior to erasing the config and using 2.21 after my last crash, the wireless wouldn't work.
     
  14. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    BUMP!

    Nothing is working. I've had everything fail within a day!

    Currently I am testing 2.37.1 and 2.37.7.beta

    I should know the results of these two in the next few days.

    NOTE! The dlink has NOT has any problems.
     
  15. frenchtony

    frenchtony Guest

    wrv 54g VPN

    Well it looks like this is a POS, I have a network of 7 BEFVP41 units all working fine, until one broke so I thought I'd add the wireless and go for the wrv54g, whadda mistaka ta make!!!

    VPN erratic, FQDN in particular cause problems and VPN entries disappear if you disable the tunnel

    I'm on version 2.37EU anyone with any better experiences?
     
  16. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    Well, I am in the same boat as you. My testing right now shows 2.36 and below all are unstable. 2.37.1 I have had fail before, but it rarely happens. I haven't had 2.37.7 fail yet...but I am waiting.

    The dlink 825vup has not dropped yet. The only bug I can find with it, is that when you reboot the router in software it will not bring up all the tunnels, it must be powered off and powered on again...not a big deal for as often as these are re-configured.

    You should take a look at 2.37.7beta .. it might help you out , i'm curious if it does or not.
     
  17. tvos

    tvos Network Guru Member

    Wrv54G - Closeer to VPN

    Kspare,

    Wrv54g Users,

    Seems to me that I'm getting closer to figuring out this wrv54g vpn problem. I went to my local panerabread that offers wifi access so that I could connect to the wrv54g vpn router.

    I've spent alot of time trying various tips from forums, linksys etc..etc.. and still come up short. The screwed up thing is that I met a new friend from england and he emailed me suggesting various tips and helping out.

    We worked on this wrv54g vpn for about a hour and I still came up with the same dam error mesage "remote gateway not responding".

    I decided to create a dummy account so that my friend who could logging into the vpn router and presto - no problems.
    He got in first try!! Now, is that a m*&^*&tfu*&(ker...

    So I have to ask - what is it on this laptop that is causing me to fail the vpn connection?

    I've a laptop - its windows xp pro, only program installed is msn im, tight vnc (but does not register), and service pack 2. The firewall is turned off on windows security. So there should be no reason this shouldn't work.

    Here's a log of the vpn connection that didn't work. Please note ip address have been changed to protect my network security.

    If someone can suggest something that would be great. Maybe its a service that needs to be turned on, or in tcp filtering to get a successfull connection.

    Btw: my friend was using windowsxp home edition with other various software apps.



    Index Date From IP Log Message
    ------- ------------------------- --------------- ------------------------------------
    1 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:37 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:15 2005 IL RGFW-IN: ACCEPT (TCP PanerabreadIP:39072->wrv54gIP:443 on ixp1) [100,0G
    2 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL Feb 27 18:18:20 pluto[32]: added connection description "ips52"
    3 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:19 2005 IL RGFW-CONF: Configuration started (Mode: Activate)
    4 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL Feb 27 18:18:20 pluto[32]: listening for IKE messages
    5 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL RGFW-CONF: Configuration completed (Status: Success)
    6 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL Feb 27 18:18:20 pluto[32]: forgetting secrets
    7 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    8 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    9 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL Feb 27 18:18:20 pluto[32]: "ips52": cannot initiate connection without knowiG
    10 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    11 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    12 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    13 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    14 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    15 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    16 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    17 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL RGFW-CONF: Configuration started (Mode: Activate)
    18 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL RGFW-CONF: Configuration completed (Status: Success)
    19 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    20 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    21 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    22 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    23 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    24 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    25 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    26 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    27 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:42 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:20 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    28 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:58 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:37 2005 IL RGFW-IN: BLOCK-RULES (UDP PanerabreadIP:40569->wrv54gIP:500 on ixp1) [G
    29 Tue Feb 27 19: 4:59 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:38 2005 IL RGFW-IN: BLOCK-RULES (UDP PanerabreadIP:40569->wrv54gIP:500 on ixp1) [G
    30 Tue Feb 27 19: 5: 1 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:40 2005 IL RGFW-IN: BLOCK-RULES (UDP PanerabreadIP:40569->wrv54gIP:500 on ixp1) [G
    31 Tue Feb 27 19: 5: 5 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:44 2005 IL RGFW-IN: BLOCK-RULES (UDP PanerabreadIP:40569->wrv54gIP:500 on ixp1) [G
    32 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:13 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:52 2005 IL RGFW-IN: BLOCK-RULES (UDP PanerabreadIP:40569->wrv54gIP:500 on ixp1) [G
    33 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:20 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:58 2005 IL RGFW-IN: BLOCK-RULES (UDP PanerabreadIP:40569->wrv54gIP:500 on ixp1) [G
    34 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:20 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:18:59 2005 IL RGFW-IN: ACCEPT (TCP PanerabreadIP:42358->wrv54gIP:443 on ixp1) [100,0G
    35 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:23 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:19:01 2005 IL Feb 27 18:18:59 pluto[32]: forgetting secrets
    36 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:23 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:19:01 2005 IL RGFW-CONF: Configuration started (Mode: Activate)
    37 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:23 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:19:02 2005 IL Feb 27 18:18:59 pluto[32]: "ips52": deleting connection
    38 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:23 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:19:02 2005 IL RGFW-CONF: Configuration completed (Status: Success)
    39 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:23 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:19:02 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    40 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:23 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:19:02 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    41 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:23 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:19:02 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    42 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:23 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:19:02 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    43 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:23 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:19:02 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    44 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:23 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:19:02 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    45 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:23 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:19:02 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    46 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:23 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:19:02 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
    47 Tue Feb 27 19: 5:23 2005 Internal Router IP Feb 27 18:19:02 2005 IL ipf_check_interface:306: RGFW-CONF: Failed ioctl (SIOCADDDV - No such deviceG
     
  18. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    Why did you post your entire previous post that is 2 lines below this one?? Could you please erase it please.

    1.37.7 has been running stable for me and I am now trying it on 3 customer routers that fail constantly. I will keep you all updated.
     
  19. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Hi kspare where did you get the 2.37.7 firmware from and did it wipe your config after updating from 2.37.1 ?
     
  20. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    I think I grabbed it off of here somewhere. I can not remember if it will or not. I did it anyway just to be sure with all the problems i've been having.

    So far it's running good on my customer sites, however in my lab the worst 2.37.7 has done to me is simply reboot. It's not perfect, but it's alot better than hanging I guess.....how my dlink is STILL running solid....I smell a large RMA soon....
     
  21. opjose

    opjose Network Guru Member

    Re: WRV54G 2.3x Firmware is BROKEN!

    Unfortunately I have had the same problem with the dropped web...

    Along with that the unit eventually reboots itself.
     
  22. rzeronine

    rzeronine Network Guru Member

    opjose,

    same problem here - internet drops and wireless connection reboots by itself. i'm using firmware 2.37.1 right now. it's really unstable specially when the wireless network is saturated. should i downgrade to 2.21?



    kspare,

    any news from the firmware you're using right now? i saw a 2.37.9 firmware from the china site.


    sincere thanks to both of u!
     
  23. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    2.37.7 is working very well for me. So I haven't tried 2.37.9, I have a test unit here I may try it out on though.
     
  24. rzeronine

    rzeronine Network Guru Member

    kspare,

    thanks a lot for the reply!
    how often does your router reboot using firmware 2.37.7?

    rog
     
  25. chris547

    chris547 Network Guru Member

    Re: Wrv54G - Closeer to VPN

    I didn't think the wrv54g could transverse a NAT, I've tried to connect to my wrv54g via various services like, GPRS and wifi that includes NAT's and it never works. I always get a unreachable message.

    Whereas if I connect via a dialup connection, I get a perfect connection.

    Chris
     
  26. jenny0505

    jenny0505 Guest

    Additional Problems for me too!

    I started with firmware 2.36 and i kept getting dropped connections, a simple dhcp release/renew corrected the problem. Looking at the logs through linklogger I noticed it was rebooting and not picking up an address when it finished.

    So I upgraded to 2.37 same problem
    then to 2.37.7 same problem
    then down to 2.25.2 and its been up 23 hours straight!

    What a pain! I toyed with some setting slightly, but always went back to the defaults before giving up on the firmware.

    the old firmware I found at ftp://ftp.linksys.com/pub/network

    As for how often it rebooted, it was random, and anywhere from a few hours to a few minutes. I was not able to make it reboot using the wireless, downloading large files over the network, or connecting with the vpn, it was just random as far as I could tell!
     
  27. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    They don't, they are running very stable right now. I have had zero problems. One router that gave me problems has been up for 442 hours now. Keep in mind, I don't pass alot of traffic on these routers, they used strictly for vpn and internet traffic.

     
  28. hurleyp

    hurleyp Network Guru Member

    Re: Additional Problems for me too!

    I'm running 2.37.1 and I've encountered the web interface login lock-up problem as well. I'm still doing some testing, but I think there might be a link between this lockup problem and enabling SNMP monitoring. I've been using both WallWatcher and the freeware version of the PRTG Traffic Grapher. When both of these logging apps stop recording messages from the WRV54G, I can no longer log on to the web interface and I cannot establish a wireless connection. Wired connections still work. Things seem OK if I have SNMP disabled at the router - but I'm still testing.
     
  29. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    either way, 237.1 isn't stable, grab a beta and see if it solves your problems.
     
  30. rzeronine

    rzeronine Network Guru Member

    Thanks everyone for all your replies!


    kspare,

    I'll start using beta firmware 2.37.7 tomorrow. I'll let you all know what happens.


    jenny0505,

    how are you doing with firmware 2.25.2 so far?
     
  31. dfmcapecod

    dfmcapecod Guest

    WAP on WRV54G Drops or changes Tx Channels

    Hardware Version: Rev.02
    Software Version: 2.37.1

    Having similar problems to odd dropped WAP on WRV54G

    Condition #1)
    Transmit signal completely drops off the radar (Net Stumbler or any other WiFi Tool that I have, CAIN's, and the Dell Utility)

    Condition #2)
    Transmit signal actually changes frequencies! Even though it's set to one paticular channel. I've seen Net Stubler even register that it's transmitting on Channel 8 and 4 simultaneously. All above WiFi tools reflect the same condition. Obviously, WAP is unusable at this time.

    No, it's "not a man in the middle attack", the SNR readings on the two readings in Net Stumbler, and other tools show the exact same signal strength and SNR values.

    Condition #3)
    After a few minutes on conditions 1 and 2 _sometimes_, the power LED is blinking. It's obviously self-rebooted.

    I'm using TKIP WPA.
    Using three different channels (6,8,2) same results.

    I've seen a few people say that using channel 11 solves this stability problem, wonder if there is a hardware problem with this unit when it comes to frequency agility.

    I did notice, that my interval for the above problems increases drastically when running in G-Only mode vs. mixed.

    DFMCapeCod
     
  32. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Channels 6 and 8 are "too" close to each other, which causes overlapping. If you're not up on wire channel configuration, the ideal settings are 1, 6, and 11 because of the distance between them in the spectrum chart. Overlapping is your problem so if you can, it would be best to go with 1, 6, and 11 for your channels...

    Doc
     

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