Netgear New MA401RA/MA301 HostAP Unstable Problem

From: V. K. Cody Bumgardner (
Date: 2002-09-19 18:13:40 UTC


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# Hardware used for testing AP:

CPU			AMD Athlon 1.1Ghz
M/B			Soyo K7VZA
O/S			FreeBSD 4.6.2 and 4.7RC "4-STABLE as of 9/19/02" same results"
PCI/Adapter		Netgear MA301 /w IRQ patch 
PCMCIA		Netgear MA401RA 	Product Part #	Primary Firmware#		Station
						  HWB3163B5		      1.0.7	                  1.3.6

# Hardware used for testing Client 1:
CPU AMD Athlon 1.1Ghz M/B ECS K7VZA v3 O/S Windows 2000 sp3 USB Compaq HNW-200 "AMTEL based USB 802.11b"
# Hardware used for testing Client 2:
CPU Compaq iPaq 3670 PCMCIA Compaq WL110 "Lucent Wavelan Gold" O/S PocketPc 3.0.1

# Testing

  1. FreeBSD kernel recognizes the card combo as a <Netgear MA301> and continues to boot.
  2. I start my wireless script and place the card in hostap mode
  3. ifconfig wi0 is fine except it auto media's to <DS/2Mps> which can be changed
  4. Using Netstumbler I can find the AP with low link quality and wireless client will only sporadically connect.
  5. ifconfig wi0 debug and client stats show a EXTREMELY large number of management packets from the AP.
  6. When client connects connect is very slow and link quality will fall to nothing when trying to use the connection.
  7. I have also experienced timeout errors

# Things I have tried to resolve the problem.

  1. I have tried to downgrade the firmware on 2 laptops win98 and winxp I found firmware 1.3.4 on the shipped CD and Firmware 0.8.3 on the net. The 1.3.4 will hang and the 0.8.3 will not let me try.
  2. CVS's FreeBSD 4-Stable and build world but same problem.
  3. Tried all modes 1-6 and bridged and unbridged

# Contact

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