07-12-2010 07:42:03 PM
same problem here
no other wireless networks in the area (did a search with dd-wrt on wifi router with 12db antenna - please dont rant and rave about the db vs dbi debate, im not an RF engineer)
default (auto channel)
had to reboot about once a day to get a dell laptop (d610 w/ intel wireless) [dhcp IP]
& linksys router (running dd-wrt) in client-bridge mode [static IP with keep-alive ping script set to 30min]
so its a problem with the 2wire wireless configuration being terrible
unfortunately its @ my parents house, so i will have to setup a 3rd party (dd-wrt) wifi AP to take over the 2wire's garbage when i go there again in the fall, so i dont have to remote in once a day to watch tv (slingbox)
07-12-2010 08:23:43 PM
I will try to make this story as short as possible.
Mine is NOW working and holding the wireless signal all the time now.
Here's what happened. We had a rain storm, Uverse when wacky, TV pixelated and wireless was dropping left and right as usual, so I turned off everything and went to bed.
Next morning I went to the gateway box decided to unplug the power to it for about a minute and let it re-boot. I was going to kick it as hard as I could but decided not to do that.lol. I turned on my Mac and it stayed on all day long without dropping the wireless once. This lasted for three days, then dropped signal again one more time. I have waited till today to say this. I don't know what happened but after the second power off/on reboot I have not lost wireless connection in over a week straight and I'm on this Mac most days more than 10 hrs a day.
I'm still amazed it's still going strong at over a week now.
02-15-2011 03:19:39 PM
I don't know if anybody is still monitoring this thread or not, but I wanted to share my experience with both a 2Wire 2701HG-B DSL modem/router/AP and a 2Wire 3800HGV-B RG and newer Mac OS X-based computers. This is going to be a little long, so if you are looking for my final solution, jump to the last paragraph. I have an iMac running OS 10.4.xx and a MacBook Pro running OS 10.5.xx, both are Intel-based. My setup is in my home office with the 2Wire and the iMac only ~2ft apart. On the same desk, I have a company-issued HP/Compaq 6910p running Windows Vista. Both the iMac and the Vista laptop are connected to the internet via WiFi.
Right after I got the 2Wire DSL gateway (before Uverse was available), both the iMac and MBP started having connectivity issues. It bears to mention the Vista machine never had a dropout, ever. I suspected interference from my neighbors' networks (based on the number of networks that were showing up in the 'Connect to a Network' dialogue), so I installed AirTraffic control (http://www.spintriplet.com/atc/) on the iMac to figure out what channels were least used. After picking an unused channel (11), everything seemed to be good for a month or so.
Then, I started experiencing the same problem again. I found that my 'clean' channel had been picked by no less than 2 neighbors, so once again I found a new channel (3 this time), but it didn't resolve my issue this time. I could always bounce the AirPort connection and my connectivity would return, but it was never for longer than 30 minutes and most of the time it would drop in 2 - 5 minutes and it wouldn't come back w/out bouncing the connection again. Once again, the Vista machine never dropped. I did ultimately find a solution that seemed to resolve my dropouts, but first I'm going to ramble a bit more.
I had Uverse installed 3 weeks ago and until today, I hadn't had any problems with dropouts. This morning, both the Macs began exhibiting the now too-familiar dropouts I had been experiencing with my old 2Wire a few months back. After some Googling and realizing nobody has really found the cause or a real fix, I thought I would post my findings here.
After some time fiddling with my configs, I found the following settings seem to resolve the constant dropouts(both on the 2701HG-B and the 3800HGV-B):
- Disable the auto-channel selection option and manually set it on the least-used channel you can find
- Set the router to 802.11 G only
- Set authentication encryption to WPA2-PSK (AES) only
I don't know if the problem is with 2Wire or Apple, but I really wish they would work together to resolve the issue instead of letting the rest of us wander around aimlessly trying to fix something that should work out of the box. I hope somebody finds my rambling useful.
02-16-2011 10:10:54 PM
Thanks for posting your findings; it will be helpful for others.
02-17-2011 12:12:21 PM
I have found that Apple's Airport Extreme will work with almost any computer on all providers so far and has
an advantage of running 4 Airport Express's which can either join or extend your wireless network just a thought for those having issues with multiple Apple devices.
02-17-2011 12:35:42 PM - edited 02-17-2011 01:15:34 PM
Here is my experience...the wired & wireless pc had high speed test results and worked consistently. Wired & wireless mac had very slow speed tests and would be on for a few minutes then off then on then off.... The tec was stumped, made a few minor adjustments that did nothing. Finely he said lets reset the password to the original password (don't know what else he did, don't think he did anything). The macs worked great after that...high speed tests and on all the time.
What I have not done is change the password to something else to see if that in it's self, for whatever crazy reason, made the difference. Don't know, you might give it a shot and reset your pw if you changed it...can't hurt.
And no, we were not on someones network, like I said the pcs were working fine, it was the macs.
03-17-2011 11:30:16 AM - edited 03-17-2011 11:36:42 AM
Just to bump the thread:
I've had a client experience the same 'Random dropping of the wireless'. In this case we are using a network bridge to attach additional Wired Clients. I found a pretty major configuration issue with the 2Wire gateway.
(For the purposes of this post, MAC does not mean APPLE/MAC. MAC refers to the Machine Address Code of a network port)
Consider the following:
Uverse-2Wire-WirelessGateway --> Wireless Bridge --> Wired Client(s)
(The Uverse-2Wire-Gateway is also acting as DHCP server)
--The Wireless Bridge reqires a local IP address for configuration of SSID/Encryption - After configuration the wireless bridge should act as Layer2 (link layer) and be transparent to all Layer3 IP packet routing/switching. (This IP address is assigned to the wireless bridge statically, before wireless connection is configured.)
--Wired clients provide a MAC (hardware) address when requesting IP from DHCP
--Uverse-Gateway records the MAC address of the wireless bridge
--Uverse-Gateway records the MAC address of the requesting client when DHCP assigns an IP address to client
--When I look at the DHCP Client's table (connected devices) within the Uverse-Gateway config; I see the IP address that was assigned to the wired client (on the other side of the bridge) listed twice. One entry lists the MAC address of the Wired Clients NIC (which is correct); the other entry lists the MAC address of the wireless bridge (which at this point is supposed to be transparent).
So In this instance, the wireless gateway is recording 2 MAC addresses for a single IP address (the IP address having been assigned to the Wired Client). This can cause any layer 2 routing (such as through a switch) to become confused as to where these packets are actually headed.
Depending on which MAC is included in the IP packet header, IP routing may or may not fail.
--If the MAC address of the Wireless Bridge is included in the packet header the bridge will determine 'These are for me, but the IP is wrong' and any packets (web-page responses for example) will be dropped.
--If the Wired Client's MAC address is included in the IP packet header, everything works out fine.
It seems that a fresh reboot/connection will work for a short while, but after a while all network traffic becomes spotty (up/down/up/down/up/down). A direct connection with a Windows XP laptop seems to be a lot less problematic.
-- My 2c
04-20-2011 02:06:48 PM
I believe I have the exact problem as you described there. My current work-around is to power cycle the 2Wire ADSL modem+router. I am looking for a better solution. Have you tried contacting ATT about this problem? My 2Wire router should still under warranty, and I wonder if the issue is fixed in latest 2Wire models.
05-19-2011 09:04:15 AM
I don't know when our issue started, as we were in the hospital for a week with a new baby (yay!). When we got home, we noticed both of our MacBooks (both early 2007 models running Snow Leopard), our iPhones (3GS) and our Wii would no longer connect, or wouldn't stay connected. Rather than rehash what everyone else has been saying, I just want to throw my hat into the ring for this fight.
I also wanted to say I noticed in my network monitor that the received packets count was flying faster than the national debt clock, and the error count quickly rose to more than 2,000 in just a couple of minutes. The sent packets count was also rising quickly. I also noticed in the Activity Monitor that the network activity would routinely spike, then bottom out. Funny thing is, it didn't necessarily correspond with the times I found I had connectivity and the times I didn't.
It SEEMS to just be connecting at an incredibly skow speed, more times than not causing the browser to time out.
AT&T basically says there's nothing they can do...
We might be switching providers, or we might try adding an Airport base station into the mix if we feel like giving AT&T another chance (this isn;t the first time they've left us high and dry), but we both rely on the Internet for work (my wife, since she's at home with the baby, and me for my part-time writing gig) and exclusively using iPhones on 3G just isn't cutting it.
05-19-2011 04:05:24 PM
Try doing a hard reboot of your RG by unplugging the ac cable for about 30 seconds then reconnect it.
05-20-2011 09:58:41 AM
Have done that numerous times. Have left it totally unplugged overnight. Have reset it to factory defaults. Have tried every suggestion posted here by other users. No luck. The only thing that works is to hardwire the laptop to the router and sit at the desk. Boy, does that take me back to 1995... But no Wii connectivity, which means no Netflix on the TV. With my wife at home all day every day with a new baby, this is not a godd situation.
Looking at getting an Airport Extreme this weekend but neither the wife nor I are very happy with having to spend a chunk of money on additional equipment to accomplish what the service should be providing. At least we won't be in any danger of hitting the data cap this month!
08-11-2012 04:59:38 PM
Not sure what mac you have, but I have a 2005 mac pro with no airport card and when ever I boot it the Uverse 2wire network goes haywire. I have another PPC G5 quad on the set up and the other 2005 mac pro isn't even on the network or anything, but when I boot it, the 2 wire uverse system goes out. Most random thing I've ever seen, but you might have a similar issue. Doesn't even have to be on the network to effect the signal. Might be something internal sending a signal that conflicts. Good luck with you issue, I couldn't find anything about the conflict on my end.
08-12-2012 08:58:09 PM
I have 2 MacBook Pros in my house. A 5 year old (late 2007) model, and a late 2011 model. Bith of these work well either wored or wireless when connecting to my 2Wire RG (3600HG I believe). I do have times about once a month when teh RG starts having problems with the iPad or iPhone getting an IP address, and the laptops will occassionally drop/re-acquire signal. When this happens, I just go into the RG and perform a software restart of the RG and when it finished rebooting, everhything is back to normal for me.