Netgear WAX206 Support

For the slow ethernet negotiation I have suspected energy efficient ethernet but apparently this is off by default in OpenWRT.

I just updated the latest "netifd" package and router bricked :frowning:
Need to hard reset.....

how did you do that?

I'm using auc only to update

Package upgrade of a core package within a release. The recommended way of keeping an OpenWrt installation up to date is doing sysupgrade.

Package upgrades within a release are not recommended or necessary to run OpenWrt.

Explained here: https://openwrt.org/meta/infobox/upgrade_packages_warning

1 Like

Yes I saw that, usually I don't apply update within a release unless it's really needed, this time my router still running in testing mode so give it a press......ouch......soft bricked :stuck_out_tongue:

I think I made some ground on diagnosing the slow ethernet connecting state.

On my C7 using 19.x the ethernet port goes into a learning state for 2 seconds, and then into a forwarding state, on my WAX206 using 23.x it is in the learning state for 9 seconds which is over 3x as long. There is much more device settings now which were not configurable on the older OpenWRT, so I am hoping its one of those that can restore the faster behaviour.

Also is there a chance a UBI version is released for the WAX206 or is it now too late?

WAX206 is already using ubifs from what I see from the OpenWrt bootlog: https://openwrt.org/toh/netgear/wax206#openwrt_bootlog

Fri Dec  2 13:26:40 2022 kern.notice kernel: [    5.583863] UBIFS (ubi0:1): Mounting in unauthenticated mode
Fri Dec  2 13:26:40 2022 kern.notice kernel: [    5.589630] UBIFS (ubi0:1): background thread "ubifs_bgt0_1" started, PID 616
Fri Dec  2 13:26:40 2022 kern.notice kernel: [    5.605666] UBIFS (ubi0:1): recovery needed
Fri Dec  2 13:26:40 2022 kern.notice kernel: [    5.658241] UBIFS (ubi0:1): recovery completed
Fri Dec  2 13:26:40 2022 kern.notice kernel: [    5.662773] UBIFS (ubi0:1): UBIFS: mounted UBI device 0, volume 1, name "rootfs_data"
Fri Dec  2 13:26:40 2022 kern.notice kernel: [    5.670620] UBIFS (ubi0:1): LEB size: 126976 bytes (124 KiB), min./max. I/O unit sizes: 2048 bytes/2048 bytes
Fri Dec  2 13:26:40 2022 kern.notice kernel: [    5.680548] UBIFS (ubi0:1): FS size: 16887808 bytes (16 MiB, 133 LEBs), max 143 LEBs, journal size 1015809 bytes (0 MiB, 7 LEBs)
Fri Dec  2 13:26:40 2022 kern.notice kernel: [    5.692122] UBIFS (ubi0:1): reserved for root: 797652 bytes (778 KiB)
Fri Dec  2 13:26:40 2022 kern.notice kernel: [    5.698567] UBIFS (ubi0:1): media format: w5/r0 (latest is w5/r0), UUID 158F7CF8-E040-4366-998D-C046C07A7C1B, small LPT model
Fri Dec  2 13:26:40 2022 user.info kernel: [    5.712094] mount_root: switching to ubifs overlay

I read someone here asking how to use more capacity of the WAX206 flash space. So maybe it’s not about ubifs for WAX206 but the question of how to format or partition the existing flash layout: which parts should be changed and which parts should stay untouched read only on vendor defaults.

4 Likes

Fixed the ethernet delay guys :smiley:

It was the STP 'Forward delay' setting.

According to the above the default is 2, however a ghosted out value was set to 15, so I just manually typed 2 and now its normal speed again. :slight_smile:

Log flooding with this.

Client is android one plus 6 phone, so means I cant really change anything on it as android locks it down.

Fri Jun 23 00:14:56 2023 daemon.notice hostapd: wl0-ap0: STA-OPMODE-SMPS-MODE-CHANGED 64:a2:f9:4c:f4:4c static
Fri Jun 23 00:15:56 2023 daemon.notice hostapd: wl0-ap0: STA-OPMODE-SMPS-MODE-CHANGED 64:a2:f9:4c:f4:4c off
Fri Jun 23 00:19:46 2023 daemon.notice hostapd: wl0-ap0: STA-OPMODE-SMPS-MODE-CHANGED 64:a2:f9:4c:f4:4c static
Fri Jun 23 00:19:46 2023 daemon.notice hostapd: wl0-ap0: STA-OPMODE-SMPS-MODE-CHANGED 64:a2:f9:4c:f4:4c of

Can you change the wifi setting on the one plus 6 from high speed to compatibility?

Good to see you on here. Was running your build for flint before. it was perfect.

1 Like

Is snapshot a newer version than 23.05-rc1?
I am running snapshot at the moment coz I read on the forums that there was a bug which was fixed in the latest snapshot.

I want to run rc1, but not sure if has more bugs than snapshot.

Snapshot is basically direct from master branch, on the edge.

Also change flint to openwrt on my normal URL for images and bam you have wax 206 and rt3200 :grin:

1 Like

Thank you. Found it.
I will update my wax206 and report back.

Can I use your sysupgrade file in Luci to upgrade from openwrt snapshot?

Should be able to without issues

1 Like

No, it seems barely anything can be changed, phone is rooted as well, but I havent found any tools or anything to tweak parameters.

For now I just toned down the log verbosity as wifi is actually working on the phone, and I am replacing it with a one plus 8 pro very soon anyway which will be on a newer android build as well.

worked. Router has been stable for the last 9 hour or so.

How is the Luci UI so colourful compared to the images from openwrt servers? do you use a custom CSS? it handles mobile rendering better which is a big plus for me.

I take you are talking about the argon theme

Yes. Maybe. I am still very new to openwrt.

I have a wax202 by Netgear as well. How do I get this theme on that device?

Looks like the log verbosity setting actually doesnt work, but I guess thats something to report in another thread?

Shame as the actual wifi is working, its just flooding the log, and I have never seen such good battery life on the phone with wifi on either.

I will probably only be using this phone for another 2-4 weeks though, and other phones dont seem to be doing it.