it's a champ! Still testing, but I cleared nvram after the flash on my ar430w and went to town resetting it up. Went without any hiccups at all. Test of time now.
update: still a champ!
update: 2 hours now. web gui is still holding strong. no lags or timeouts there. But I did step out for half an hour. I came back to find my AIM reconnected. I'm just running a constant ping with no timelogging, and it scrolled enough for the dropout to not be seen, but unfortunately it looks like it's still there. As seen in sp1, the router (at least wireless part) would drop out maybe once every few hours for a few minutes and then come back.
With the default setting (I only added the SSID and WEP key).
Ping WIRED to WIRELESS side
Clear the ARP cache on the WIRED side
Pings stop (ARP cache in WIRED side remains incomplete since unicast ARP replies are blocked)
To fix: Clear ARP cache on WIRELESS side or reset WIRELESS interface to cause a gratuitous broadcast ARP.
I will test again in a moment with the security completely off.
As an aside, the HTTP interface hangs as well. I can only access the box by telnet. "ps" command shows the HTTPD running, but I get no web response. It did eventually provide a web page after a few minutes of waiting.
As a reminder, these bugs are already reported in both MANTIS and SVN.
Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:32 Post subject: Tried as Client Bridge
I have not tried the AR430W as an AP with this latest pre-SP2 build, but I have tried it as a Client Bridge. (I've set up Client Bridge several times in the past.)
My base is an Airport Extreme set up with very standard (boring) settings: Channel 6, no WDS set up, and I tried both WEP and WPA on both routers. I set up the AR430W as a Client Bridge per this page: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Wireless_Bridge and the PC (connected by Ethernet to the AR430W) can't connect to the Internet, or the Airport Extreme Win32-based administration utility. If I do lots of stuff like a combination of:
1. Turning off routers
2. Disabling/re-enabling my NIC in Windows
3. Performing a Status / Wireless / Site Survey / Join on the AR430W
I can finally get a connection after several minutes of work, but what I'm doing is so random that I can't tell you what worked. I can say that no router or computer settings were changed when doing all of this.
I can also say that while I can't connect to the Internet from a PC on the Client Bridged-router or connect to the Airport Extreme router, I can move the Ethernet cable from the AR430W to the Airport Extreme and *immediately* I can connect back to the AR430W web interface. So maybe it's working in one direction or something?
Many thanks for your efforts on this (cheap) frustrating device.
P.S. Once I get it working, if I reboot the PC, I have to start the whole process over.
This sounds like it might be the same problem as ours (unicast ARP reply does not traverse from the wireless to wired side), only in reverse - the Airport Extreme ARP reply does not reach the PC (which is the "wired" device in this case).
When you move the PC to the wired side, tyou bypas the bug. See if the PC has the IP/MAC combo for the Airport Extreme appearing in the PC arp table (arp -a) on the wires side.
When it is NOT working, if you could force the Airport Express to make a gratuitous broadcast ARP across the wire and hence the wireless) it would probably restore the connection. I don't know how to reset the Airport Extreme interface, though. Once the wired device loses the ARP entry, it is dead in the water until a broadcast ARP happens.
I left both routers on overnight with my PC connected to the Client Bridge AR430W and I couldn't reach the Internet in the morning. Rebooting the Airport Extreme router caused everything to work again. I'll try the arp -a command later; thanks much for the tips.