range extender and mac addresses

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Mike Scott, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. Mike Scott

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    I've recently been trying to use an Edimax EW-7438RPn (v1; it was going
    cheap and has been in the bottom drawer for a while :)

    My dhcp server is complaining about IP's moving mac address unexpectedly:

    Jul 4 09:19:37 data kernel: arp: 172.16.254.16 moved from
    80:d2:1d:0b:b8:3b to 80:1f:02:b1:bb:94 on re2
    Jul 4 09:09:14 data kernel: arp: 172.16.254.16 moved from
    80:1f:02:b1:bb:94 to 80:d2:1d:0b:b8:3b on re2
    Jul 4 08:44:08 data kernel: arp: 172.16.254.16 moved from
    80:d2:1d:0b:b8:3b to 80:1f:02:b1:bb:94 on re2
    Jul 4 08:43:47 data kernel: arp: 172.16.254.33 moved from
    f0:db:f8:81:8f:44 to 80:1f:02:b1:bb:94 on re2
    Jul 4 08:43:05 data kernel: arp: 172.16.254.16 moved from
    80:1f:02:b1:bb:94 to 80:d2:1d:0b:b8:3b on re2
    Jul 4 07:58:14 data kernel: arp: 172.16.254.16 moved from
    80:d2:1d:0b:b8:3b to 80:1f:02:b1:bb:94 on re2
    Jul 4 07:57:17 data kernel: arp: 172.16.254.16 moved from
    80:1f:02:b1:bb:94 to 80:d2:1d:0b:b8:3b on re2

    (80:1f:02:b1:bb:94 is the extender's own mac address)

    I thought wireless kit simply passed through the client's mac address;
    it seems the edimax doesn't, and these messages reflect the wifi client
    swapping between access point and extender. Certainly, the networking is
    very glitchy [but only] with the extender turned on, so something's amiss.

    Am I misunderstanding something, or is this proper behaviour?

    If the device is faulty, I notice dire warnings at edimax about flashing
    a v1 device with v2 firmware (which is all that's around now). Has
    anyone tried this (successfully :) ?

    And has anyone any experience with the maginon wlr-510 wireless device?
    It's £20 over the road at the moment, and a tempter.

    TIA.
     
    Mike Scott, Jul 4, 2015
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