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Any known issues regarding AC2900/RT-AC86U 2.4 GHz radio malfunction?

Discussion in 'Asuswrt-Merlin' started by othersteve, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. lukaszzsch

    lukaszzsch Regular Contributor

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    I followed with above settings, unfortunately with same results as previously. After approx. 6h 2.4 WiFi becames unstable-innitialy a part of my devices have disconected and then they connect again but link is 6/6 Mbps...

    Today I am going do downgrade further to 383...
     
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  3. Striker317

    Striker317 Regular Contributor

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    See if this post helps

    [Beta 384/NG] Asuswrt-Merlin 384.5 Beta is now available
    https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?sh...rums.com/index.php?posts/403103/&share_type=t
     
  4. doczenith1

    doczenith1 Senior Member

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    Try these settings.

    Wireless 2.4 GHz Professional
    Turbo QAM - Disable (Only helps with clients that support it and there are not very many)
    Airtime Fairness - Disable
    Multi-User MIMO - Disable (FWIW I got better 5 GHz speeds with MU-MIMO disabled)
    Explicit Beamforming - Disable
    Universal Beamforming - Disable
    Reducing USB 3.0 interference - Enable (Enabling this feature ensures the best wireless performance on 2.4 GHz band)

    I have 10 clients on my 2.4 GHz band. Some of them didn't like channels 1 and 6 but are happy on 11 so it may be worth trying different channels. Perhaps there is one problem client that is ruining the party for everyone else. I would start with one client and slowly add clients one at a time to see if a particular client brings down the radio.
     
  5. lukaszzsch

    lukaszzsch Regular Contributor

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    tonight another wifi problems occured.
    now even flashing fresh firmware (merlin stable, merlin beta, asus stable) does not provide to fixing the 2.4g radio unstability...


    couple days ago, when the same problem apperaed, it was enought to flash 284.2_2 again and make a long power cycle. Now it does not work at all.

    maybe some part of these routers are broken out-of-box?
     
  6. Jon555

    Jon555 New Around Here

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    AC-3100 here, I came across this same issue running previous versions of the 384 firmware. Haven't tried any builds in the past month or two, but everything runs rock solid on the older 380 firmware. Glad to see I'm not alone in this problem. Same issue though - after a few hours, the 2.4 band would just become incredibly slow and/or unreliable for all devices connected to it (5.0 band seemed just fine). Just wanted to throw my two cents out there that this might not be limited to just the AC68U.
     
  7. niXta

    niXta Occasional Visitor

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    I've had similar issues with my AC86U and R7000.

    I resolved my issues yesterday, it was my Nvidia Shield TV that was acting as a WIFI jammer on only the 2.4G. Not sure what caused it but I blame an app that was supposed to be able to handle the BT connections that I bought from the Play Store. I noticed that it reported unknown BT and WIFI in device settings.
    When it was on I got "Wrong password", "Can't connect" or the WIFI just missing on the 2.4G, 5G has been working all along.
    At other times it was just working for internet but not for LAN access, and generally devecies came on and off.

    After a restore on the Shield the WIFI has been working fine for two days (new record). EDIT: 5+ days.
    I had the same problem with my previous router R7000 XWRT, that was the reason I bought the AC86U. I've been having this problem for quite some time. I found it by turning on one more device every 24h.
     
    Last edited: May 7, 2018
  8. lukaszzsch

    lukaszzsch Regular Contributor

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    Can’t figure out which device working problematically, but already noticed more stable 2.4 WiFi when legacy mode is chosen at 2.4 wireless settings page.

    When switched back to N mode or automatic- majority of my devices are able to reach only 5.5 mBits.
     
  9. crypto

    crypto New Around Here

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    I upgraded a N66U (which has been rock solid) to a AC86U 3 weeks ago. It worked perfectly for 2 weeks on the latest ASUS firmware. Then all of a sudden, all the 2.4 clients dropped out with auth failures and those that could switched to 5GHz. I reset to factory defaults but no luck with 2.4. My Pixel 2 phone would appear to connect but when I would try to get any data from the Internet, it would drop. Previously the phone worked well on 2.4 with a speed of 70Mbs or so download. The phone was fine on 5.

    Because my time to return it was closing at Amazon I did not have a lot of time to fool with it, I returned the router for a refund and reluctantly went back to the N66U which does not have the range the AC86U had. My assumption was this was some hardware issue and I debated on getting a replacement instead of a refund. Now after reading all this, I think I will wait a bit before taking a chance on this router again. It was a great router while it worked.

    How is it that a device can work perfectly for 2 weeks and then just quit when nothing has changed? Oh well.
     
  10. lukaszzsch

    lukaszzsch Regular Contributor

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    I just decided to replace my unit because there are also lots of possitive feedbacks. We will see what happen.

    Wysłane z mojego LG-H870 przy użyciu Tapatalka
     
  11. othersteve

    othersteve Occasional Visitor

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    Just a progress report as promised:

    After making the previously-detailed/prescribed changes, I've been running the router in my environment without any reboots or modifications since my last post here (10 days ago) and have not yet experienced any issues. Nothing else has changed (and I still have a ton of clients connected -- for the most part, nothing on that end has changed).

    So perhaps, hopefully, the solution lies in either 384.3 or one of the settings adjustments that was recommended (or perhaps both). I'd recommend everyone try my exact configuration before giving up on the situation.

    Hopefully whatever is wrong can be corrected in future firmware revisions. It seems very likely we have a valid bug on our hands here.
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2018
  12. lukaszzsch

    lukaszzsch Regular Contributor

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    which recommended adjustment you meant?

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    after dirty downgrade via VPN and set recommended adjustments my wifi works again but rx rates are very slow.
    volumio(raspberry pi) which should reach 72/72 Mbps looks strange.
    I am going to try initialization when come back to my flat.
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2018
  13. othersteve

    othersteve Occasional Visitor

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    Here's my quote from earlier explaining what I changed:

    [Runnng 384.3]: 2.4 GHz channel width is still set to 20 MHz; the only other thing I've done differently this time is to disable MU-MIMO and enable Reducing USB 3.0 interference on 2.4 GHz as well. We shall see what results.
     
  14. othersteve

    othersteve Occasional Visitor

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    Another update:

    Still running stable today, some two weeks later. It seems quite likely that the solution to these problems is to flash 384.3 and adjust the settings as I did (per advice here in this thread). Something appears to be wrong with all future versions of the firmware for now.

    I'd advise anyone else experiencing these issues to try the same steps... and report back so the community can hear about the results!
     
  15. lukaszzsch

    lukaszzsch Regular Contributor

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    I forgot to report:

    I tried almost every single version of firmware, stock and Asus Merlin with no luck.
    My devices sometimes connect normalny but link rates are very low, another time they are unable to connect because of „authentication failure”.

    I checked all parameters of WiFi to be adjustable...there are no solution to my Asus.

    Meanwhile i bought synology rt2600ac to check that router itself and also check possible interferences in my flat. Fortunately synology works perfectly. Nonetheless i love Asus Merlin and its advantages and want to 86u again. Simultanously I am affraid to experience The same problems again....perhaps i Should wait for next revision of rt-ac86 because The number of negative reports is suspicious.
     
  16. Jon555

    Jon555 New Around Here

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    Thank you for your updates! I have been putting off updating my AC3100 to 384.5 due to having issues in the past with this problem. Hopefully things will be different this time around.
     
  17. lukaszzsch

    lukaszzsch Regular Contributor

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    I am just waiting for another, brand new rt-ac86u..

    let's have some fun:)
     
  18. lukaszzsch

    lukaszzsch Regular Contributor

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    Today I received a brand new 86u.
    Flashed immediately 384.5 and So far So good.
     
  19. agilani

    agilani Senior Member

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    I had a lot of issues with 2.4ghz on my ac88u. I turned on debug level logging and found out that a few devices on 2.4ghz kept asking for dhcp reservations affecting only 2.4ghz band. Turn on debug level logging and see if you are getting something like this. After moving the devices thad exhibited the dhcp issue over and over, the 2.4ghz had been rock solid.
     
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  20. Marin

    Marin Regular Contributor

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    Would anyone be so kind to explain to some of us newbies the difference between "Restore" and "Initialize" functions? I thought I was to always do a Restore when flashing from one FW version to another and then re-enter all info from scratch but frankly I am not familiar with what Initialize does.

    Thank you!
     
  21. Jon555

    Jon555 New Around Here

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    Now I'm wondering if I've been doing it wrong as well. I've always updated the firmware, reboot, and then do a factory default/reset, reboot again, and then manually set everything up again.
     
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