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wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

has anyone else gotten wpa2 / aes to work on the wet200?

if so, please post your config

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

Hello, Derek:

I have the WET200 and although it took me a few attempts, in the beginning, I was able to use WPA2 and it worked for about two-and-a-half years, until several weeks ago.  I had it connected to a 2Wire 2701HG-B wireless gateway and the throughput was wonderful.  When I was initially connecting it, it was not working, as I expected it to and it would not show any connection.  Then, all of a sudden, it had made a connection, on its own, and has been working since.  Then, several weeks ago, I noticed it flashing and acting strangely.  Upon inspection, it had lost its connection with my wireless gateway and I have not been able to reconnect it to the 2Wire gateway since.  I have re-flashed the WET200, with the same and latest firmware and performed several soft and hard resets, to no avail.  Unlike before, I can see it making an attempt to connect to the 2Wire wireless gateway, as the wireless light (on the 2Wire) will briefly light, then, it goes out.  This will continue, indefinitely, until I power off the WET200.  I am desperate for Cisco/Linksys to create a new firmware, as we are far overdue for a great, stable firmware release for this unit, since it has been since August 8, 2008, since the last update.  Also, Cisco/Linksys appears to have been updating firmware for many similar devices, moving these small-business devices to a strictly Cisco-branded firmware.  I am hoping Cisco will soon do the same for the WET200, as this firmware is "flaky."  It is a shame and such a disappointment that such a device, from such a respected and reputable company would be operating in such a condition.

One more note, while I appear to be one of a small handful that has been successful (lucky) to get WPA2 to work on the WET200, I was never able to get it to accept and pass DHCP requests/traffic, properly, onto the connected, wired clients.  Once it would finally pass and allow DHCP to a connected client, things were fine.  However, once that lease ended, it would take several minutes and/or several reboots of a connected client, before the WET200 would pass DHCP information onto the client, allowing for a proper network connection.  It was so frustrating, I ended up using static IP addresses for my connected clients.

I hope this information helps you, in some way and further encourages Cisco/Linksys to update the WET200's firmware.  Thank you.

--Dylan

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

What kind of wireless router are you connecting the wet200 to?

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

i tried it on a wrt600n first, then switched over to a dlink dir-825

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

I know any time i have tried sync'ing up a consumer router up to a small business product they typically don't link right.  I have always had issues with getting that to work.  When I do get them to sync with whatever security i kinda just work with it.  If it will work with wpa and not wpa2 I would work with it.  I don't know of any other fix to get the two devices to sync with the wpa2.  Maybe someone else may have an idea as to how to get this to work.

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

davicarr wrote:

I know any time i have tried sync'ing up a consumer router up to a small business product they typically don't link right.  I have always had issues with getting that to work.  When I do get them to sync with whatever security i kinda just work with it.  If it will work with wpa and not wpa2 I would work with it.  I don't know of any other fix to get the two devices to sync with the wpa2.  Maybe someone else may have an idea as to how to get this to work.

thanks for the note David. the only challenge I have is that there is no longer a consumer based bridge product that does what I need it to.

I would also add that the positioning of LS products as consumer/soho/sb is marketing in my humble opinion.

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

Are you trying to to wire the wet200 into the router or run it wirelessly?

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

tgronek wrote:

Are you trying to to wire the wet200 into the router or run it wirelessly?

wirelessly, the router is in a differnt room. it runs fine with wpa personal, it just craps out on wpa2

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

Yeah, i know the situation. I would get it connected with wpa personal if it will and run with it.

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davicarr wrote:

Yeah, i know the situation. I would get it connected with wpa personal if it will and run with it.

that is what i've been doing.

i guess it's safe to assume that no further firmware is going to be released for this unit, right?

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

Sir, their should be more firmware for this WET200 in the future, but we do not know when it will come out.

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

tgronek wrote:

Sir, their should be more firmware for this WET200 in the future, but we do not know when it will come out.

any chance there is a bug list, or feature request form available?

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

There is a known case with the design team with this bridge stating it cannot connect using wpa2/aes.  Their workaround for the time being until they have a new firmware release that resolves the issue is to do wpa/tkip.  But it is a known issue with the design team.

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thanks for the info david.

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

No problem, any time Derek.

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

Hello, Derek:

I have the WET200 and although it took me a few attempts, in the beginning, I was able to use WPA2 and it worked for about two-and-a-half years, until several weeks ago.  I had it connected to a 2Wire 2701HG-B wireless gateway and the throughput was wonderful.  When I was initially connecting it, it was not working, as I expected it to and it would not show any connection.  Then, all of a sudden, it had made a connection, on its own, and has been working since.  Then, several weeks ago, I noticed it flashing and acting strangely.  Upon inspection, it had lost its connection with my wireless gateway and I have not been able to reconnect it to the 2Wire gateway since.  I have re-flashed the WET200, with the same and latest firmware and performed several soft and hard resets, to no avail.  Unlike before, I can see it making an attempt to connect to the 2Wire wireless gateway, as the wireless light (on the 2Wire) will briefly light, then, it goes out.  This will continue, indefinitely, until I power off the WET200.  I am desperate for Cisco/Linksys to create a new firmware, as we are far overdue for a great, stable firmware release for this unit, since it has been since August 8, 2008, since the last update.  Also, Cisco/Linksys appears to have been updating firmware for many similar devices, moving these small-business devices to a strictly Cisco-branded firmware.  I am hoping Cisco will soon do the same for the WET200, as this firmware is "flaky."  It is a shame and such a disappointment that such a device, from such a respected and reputable company would be operating in such a condition.

One more note, while I appear to be one of a small handful that has been successful (lucky) to get WPA2 to work on the WET200, I was never able to get it to accept and pass DHCP requests/traffic, properly, onto the connected, wired clients.  Once it would finally pass and allow DHCP to a connected client, things were fine.  However, once that lease ended, it would take several minutes and/or several reboots of a connected client, before the WET200 would pass DHCP information onto the client, allowing for a proper network connection.  It was so frustrating, I ended up using static IP addresses for my connected clients.

I hope this information helps you, in some way and further encourages Cisco/Linksys to update the WET200's firmware.  Thank you.

--Dylan

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Voltron-IU wrote:

Hello, Derek:

I have the WET200 and although it took me a few attempts, in the beginning, I was able to use WPA2 and it worked for about two-and-a-half years, until several weeks ago.  I had it connected to a 2Wire 2701HG-B wireless gateway and the throughput was wonderful.  When I was initially connecting it, it was not working, as I expected it to and it would not show any connection.  Then, all of a sudden, it had made a connection, on its own, and has been working since.  Then, several weeks ago, I noticed it flashing and acting strangely.  Upon inspection, it had lost its connection with my wireless gateway and I have not been able to reconnect it to the 2Wire gateway since.  I have re-flashed the WET200, with the same and latest firmware and performed several soft and hard resets, to no avail.  Unlike before, I can see it making an attempt to connect to the 2Wire wireless gateway, as the wireless light (on the 2Wire) will briefly light, then, it goes out.  This will continue, indefinitely, until I power off the WET200.  I am desperate for Cisco/Linksys to create a new firmware, as we are far overdue for a great, stable firmware release for this unit, since it has been since August 8, 2008, since the last update.  Also, Cisco/Linksys appears to have been updating firmware for many similar devices, moving these small-business devices to a strictly Cisco-branded firmware.  I am hoping Cisco will soon do the same for the WET200, as this firmware is "flaky."  It is a shame and such a disappointment that such a device, from such a respected and reputable company would be operating in such a condition.

One more note, while I appear to be one of a small handful that has been successful (lucky) to get WPA2 to work on the WET200, I was never able to get it to accept and pass DHCP requests/traffic, properly, onto the connected, wired clients.  Once it would finally pass and allow DHCP to a connected client, things were fine.  However, once that lease ended, it would take several minutes and/or several reboots of a connected client, before the WET200 would pass DHCP information onto the client, allowing for a proper network connection.  It was so frustrating, I ended up using static IP addresses for my connected clients.

I hope this information helps you, in some way and further encourages Cisco/Linksys to update the WET200's firmware.  Thank you.

--Dylan

Dylan,

you are much more patient than i am. having been a staunch defender and supporter of Linksys in the past, their consistent product quality issues and lack of firmware updates for any of the products i purchased and used (wrt600n, wrt54gx4, wet200, wvc200, etc.) i finally have given up hope. i've spent over well North of $5k with Linksys over the last 5 years, and cannot in good faith continue to support their apathy towards the customer base needs.

i have since pulled the wet200 out of production, and replaced it with a D-Link DAP-1522 to match up with the DIR-825 AP. I have switched over to doing what i wanted (N band / WPA2), performance has increased, stability has increased, and i can now see my windows media servers which were hidden when the WET was in production.

As a general statement to Linksys/Cisco, i think we were all hoping for better results (i.e. better products and improved support) after the acquisition. If possible, i think it's actuallu gotten worse.

Stepping down from soapbox now, and returning to obscurity.

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

Hello, once again, Derek:

Thank you for your response.  I am sorry to hear of your bad experiences with Linksys/Cisco products.  While I have had a smaller experience with Linksys/Cisco-based products, I would have to agree with your findings and your feelings toward Linksys/Cisco.  When I was considering purchasing the WET200, I researched many products and decided to purchase the WET200, based upon Linksys/Cisco's involvement, hoping Cisco's clout in the networking industry would promulagate down to the formerly-owned Linksys-based products.  Years ago, I purchased my first D-Link-based product and had a terrible experience with it and have stayed away from their products ever since.  However, based on your findings of the contemporary D-Link products and with Linksys/Cisco's incredibly poor firmware support, it appears that I will have to reconsider D-Link or another company's product, once more.

I am curious to know and would hope you would enlighten me on a few points, regarding your environment.  What make and model of access point (AP) are you attempting to link with your WET200?  I have been using the 2Wire 2701HG-B.  When I first linked the WET200 with this AP, the AP was using firmware version 5.29.47 and although the WET200 would not forward DHCP traffic, properly, it finally connected, on its own; it was a little mysterious.  But, since that point, it stayed connected, through power cycling, power outages, etc., for approximately two years, until my service provider updated the firmware on the 2701HG-B, to version 5.29.109.5.  Since that point, the WET200 has not been able to connect.  So, I am curious to find out if this is a problem associated with the WET200 linking with the 2Wire gateway or also with other APs.  In fact, it was the realization that the WET200 had lost connectivity with the 2Wire gateway that alerted me to other issues that had occurred with my ISP.

Thanks for your information, Derek and for your willingness to climb on top of the "soapbox."  Personally, I think a company that is aware of a firmware compatibililty/deficiency issue for over a year (last WET200 update occurred around August 8, 2008) and as of January 5, 2010 has failed to remedy this deficiency in their product is unacceptable and customers/consultants/clients should go elsewhere.  It is a shame that a company the size of Cisco, with all its resources and its reputation for being an industry leader, is unable and/or unwilling to support their products.

Thank you, Derek.

Sincerely,

--Dylan

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

I am curious to know and would hope you would enlighten me on a few points, regarding your environment.  What make and model of access point (AP) are you attempting to link with your WET200?  I have been using the 2Wire 2701HG-B.  When I first linked the WET200 with this AP, the AP was using firmware version 5.29.47 and although the WET200 would not forward DHCP traffic, properly, it finally connected, on its own; it was a little mysterious.  But, since that point, it stayed connected, through power cycling, power outages, etc., for approximately two years, until my service provider updated the firmware on the 2701HG-B, to version 5.29.109.5.  Since that point, the WET200 has not been able to connect.  So, I am curious to find out if this is a problem associated with the WET200 linking with the 2Wire gateway or also with other APs.  In fact, it was the realization that the WET200 had lost connectivity with the 2Wire gateway that alerted me to other issues that had occurred with my ISP.

I just realized i never answered this, sorry.

Originally i was all Linksys, i had a LS wrt600n pre-n AP from them (which could literally get me started on another tangent about how poor that product was, but that's another story). i dont recall the specifics now, i had all this doucmented on the old LS forum, but like many other things, when Cisco took over that all got wiped out it would appear as i can't find it anymore.

in my case, it was LS to LS so i don't think i can help much there.

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

Hello, David:

What is the latest information with this issue, along with the DHCP-related issues and the WET200?  I purchased the WET200 just over one-and-a-half years ago and while using WPA2, the WET200 did not connect to my AP, at first.  Although, after a while, it did finally connect and stayed connected for over these one-and-a-half years.  Back in September of 2009, the WET200 stopped communicating with my 2Wire 2701HG-B gateway/modem/AP and has not been able to connect since.  Firmware release 1.0.13 is dated July of 2008 and I would have expected that any company's design team would have had a new firmware release addressing these known issues, especially since these issues are related to security.  Therefore, what is holding up Cisco's design team?  I am stunned that a new firmware release has not been published to address the WPA2- and DHCP-related issues that have been plaguing the WET200 since, at least, 2008.  Contacts with Cisco's TAC and PSIRT have been unsuccessful and quite disappointing.  I hope you can shed light on this and, perhaps, allow for some method of escalating this issue with the design team.

I look forward to hearing further from you; thank you.

Sincerely,

--Dylan

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

David replied to you at the other thread:

https://supportforums.cisco.com/message/3078370

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

Hello, 96sunfiregt:

Thank you for the "heads up."  I am going to post a reply to David's message over at that post.  Thank you, again!

--Dylan

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

I am pleased to confirm that the latest firmware 2.0.3.2 resolves my problem, allowing a WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK connection between my WET200 and Linksys WAG325N.

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

there was a known issue with the firmware.  Could not get WPA or WPA2  to work at all with my WAP model.  Latest firmware 2.0.3.2 fixed my problem, might fix yours.

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i've long since given up on Linksys and swung my whole SOHO over to D-Link who seem to do a better job (i.e. FW patches several times / year, and a robust user community that offer support) and appear to have a higher quality product.the idea of Linksys under the Cisco umbrella sounded a lot better than the execution and end result IMHO.

thanks for the note and glad to hear that this fixed your problem.

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7589_102-0.html?threadID=282680

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

Hello, Derek & everyone else:

I apologize for taking so long to respond to this and other posts.  I had been so frustrated with Cisco's response to these issues.  Fortunately, I am happy to report, like others have, that the latest WET200 firmware, version 2.0.3.2, dated April 2, 2010, did, in fact, fix my WPA2-based issues.  I cannot fully confirm this for my DHCP-based issues, since I moved my connected clients to static IPs; but, needless to say, I was extremely happy to find this latest firmware release and have been quite pleased with its results.  While I cannot forget the year-plus wait time for such fixes, I am happy to see that Cisco did, finally, release this firmware update, fixing most, if not all, of these issues, with the WET200.  Thank you, too, to everyone for contributing to these discussions, which, I am certain, helped to push Cisco to address our issues and concerns.

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Re: wet200 / wpa2 has anyone gotten it to work

Thanks for the update. I gave up on the WET200 long ago, sitting in it's box stuffed in a drawer. Went with TRENDnet devices.

If I get bored, might update the firmware on it.

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