1. curtismartell

    curtismartell LI Guru Member

    This is part rant and part problem report.I don't know who's listening, maybe someone who knows more than I do.

    Let me preface this by telling you I am a reseller of Linksys products and a Linksys Partner. I have had pretty good experience with the products. I am currently installing several of their products a week. I've been doing IT support for over 12 years. I have configured a lot of routers.

    So I think why not treat myself to a top of the line router and test out 802.11N at the same time.

    Here is the setup:

    Dell D520 with fresh reload of WinXP SP2
    Linksys WRV4400N
    Linksys WPC4400N

    First problem was I installed the card with the CDROM it shipped with. Big mistake. The driver and utility would not connect when WPA was configured. Ok my mistake, always download the latest drivers.

    Second problem was my HP2600n that is connected to the router was unable to get print jobs. It was connected on the LAN, could ping but print jobs would fail, more on this later.

    Third problem is that my wife could no longer get connected to her corporate VPN over this router. They use a Cisco VPN solution. Yes, VPN passthrough is enabled. Hey it worked fine on my WRT54G! SHe has a dell D630 with an Intel Pro 2200 WLAN card. It worked PERFECT with the WRT54G.

    Fourth problem is the wirless connection would periocially disconnect.

    Fifth problem is that I pulled the WRVS4400N and reinstalled the WRT54G and now the Linksys WPC4400N has a fluctuating signal level. The router is in the next room and with my build in Dell WLAN card the signal stays strong.

    Yes, I upgraded the firmware on the router to the latest version.

    IN regard to problem number two, it turns out the WRVS4400N uses for the WLAN interface. That was the same IP I had on my printer. OK, now you all know that you need to resever on your LAN if you use a WRVS4400N

    IN regard to number three, no amount of tinkering allowed the Cisco VPN client to connect. I changed MTU size, turned off the firewall, added port triggers, you name it. Nothing worked but replacing the router. Now this is just supposed to work. I should not need to be a network engineer to make a WRVS4400N work. VPN's are supposed to pass through!!!

    In regard to number 4, periodic dropping of Wireless, connection, I tried going to channel 1, even removing wireless security. Nothing seems to work except revert to the Dell WLAN card. This issue was seen on the WRVS4400N and the WRT54G. Acutally worse on the WRT54G and WPC4400N combination. I also noticed my Dell card was picking up about 10 WLAN's in my neighbor hood and the Linkys only 2.

    So there is a special support number for partners. I waited for 55 minutes on hold and did not get an answer.

    One Disapointed Linksys Reseller
  2. swiego

    swiego LI Guru Member

    I recently upgraded mine to the 1.00.16 firmware. My hope was that I'd be able to get QuickVPN working properly on Vista (failed). Unfortunately the only change was that I too am now experiencing the wlan disconnect issues. Every few hours, give or take, everyone connected via wireless gets disconnected. Wired gigabit connections survive. This has been happening since virtually the day I upgraded the firmware from 13 to 16, and all four or five laptops that are connected to it have been affected.

    I tried changing channels and anything else I could try but to no avail.
  3. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Consistency is on the way, fellas. A few of us are demo'ing some new firmware. I've had mine up for 72hrs without any wireless drops since 1.0.16. The webgui is now "fast," even when accessing it across the internet. Overall stability is excellent; my current heartburn is that I connected with quickvpn "once" and then no more (verifying network). Linksys knows about it, by the way. The second is that when Kspare was connecting across the internet from Canada and tried to set Qos, it dropped all of my vpn routes (linksys knows about this as well). Minus those two things, this new firmware is great.

    Hopefully, it should be beta by next month...

  4. swiego

    swiego LI Guru Member

    Woo hoo, that's wonderful news!

    Can you tell me if there is a way have the router assign IP addresses to specific PCs in the new firmware? The current "DHCP or bust" setup has been frustrating for me. I'm hoping that is available in the new firmware!
  5. wase4711

    wase4711 LI Guru Member

    I guess I am lucky, but I have had this running for 2 days with no drops or problems what so ever..Looking forward to the new firmware though!
  6. MacGuruTX

    MacGuruTX LI Guru Member

    Why don't you just set those machines to use Static IP and specify the IP address you want them to have?
  7. andrewbadera

    andrewbadera LI Guru Member

    Can be tough for those of us whose machines need multiple different static IPs on multiple different networks. Or when we want static at home, DHCP when out and about ... even using the alternate config, that's clunky, and only permits a single static profile.

    Other issues: the OP noted Cisco VPN issues. Try disabling IPS, I had completely intermittent (read: random) connectivity issues with Cisco VPN after an August or September IPS definition update.

    I too face occasional disconnects with my Dell n-band card (1505 I think). I've also gone to using a static IP at home to overcome the laggy/inconsistent/unreliable DHCP exchange.
  8. tony4d

    tony4d LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the info. Can you tell us if that also includes the WAP4400N as well? Far as I know it's the same Wireless Access point that is in the router you guys are discussing.

    With my WAP4400N I cannot use WPA, period. Wireless drops happen all day long with WPA. I've found that WEP has no problems, in fact it is stable enough to work for months. I'd really like to use WPA, for obvious reasons, so was just curious about if the new firmware would include the WAP4400N as well, and if it specifically addressed this issue with wireless drops using WPA?
  9. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I can't really say for the WAP4400N because I've never used it. I've never had the need for a WAP in my test environment, but it might be worth the purchase.

    Let me ask the question...

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