Hello all -
I've got a new WRT320N v1 which I've configured to use both wired and wirelessly in a SoHo. The wireless part for now is just serving a few devices, namely a new MacBook Air (running Mac OS X 10.6.4) and an iPad (running iOS 4.2.1). I've flashed the WRT320N with Tomato USB 2.6 Kernel, the latest available from 30 November 2010:
Since the iPad and Air both have 802.11N 5 GhZ capability, I configured the WRT320N with the following basic settings (I didn't touch the advanced settings hence the defaults are used):
- N only
- 5 GhZ
- MAC filtering (with of course both the iPad's and Air's WLAN MAC addresses entered)
- Broadcast SSID is unchecked
- WPA/WPA2 Personal
- Static IP for the iPad (I enter on the iPad an IP on the WRT320N's subnet outside of its DHCP server range)
- Dynamic IP for the Air (assigned by the WRT320N's DHCP server)
This configuration is generally reliable but I have noticed, intermittently, the Air sometimes can't re-establish its connection to the WRT320N after waking from sleep. Similarly, the iPad (if its been in sleep mode for many hours such as overnight), when it wakes up from sleep the iPad claims that it is persistently connected to the WRT320N but this is not the case as I am unable to use Safari on the iPad or get data in/out through various other iPad apps so I have to turn off WiFi on the iPad then turn it on again. Once I've turned WiFi on again on the iPad after waking it, there are no problems as it establishes a connection to the WRT320N and I can begin using it again. This is a problem because I almost always have the iPad in sleep mode but it needs to be capable of being woken from sleep via Push servers that send out alerts or incoming VoIP calls such as using the Acrobits SIP app that runs in the background in the iPad. Has anyone else observed these issues and any solutions? Is there anything I can do to further investigate and get to the root of this? I imagine it could be an iPad and MacBook Air problem (or an Apple problem) and I wouldn't put it past Apple to do something proprietary and self serving so that they can sell more Airport Extremes and Airport Expresses but I'd much prefer to use Tomato on the hardware of my choice and avoid the Apple-only sphere. Thanks for any suggestions / ideas to try.
P.S. A colleague just got a Google Nexus S which is 802.11N capable but only on 2.4 GhZ — bummer we can't use go dual with the WRT320N for both 2.4 and 5 GhZ simultaneously. If we wanted to go dual, what would be the next best (Linksys?) router to get? We also want GigE so that's why we like the WRT320N for the wired component.