My wireless radios were mysteriously turned off!?

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pulp

Regular Contributor
RT-AX88U Current Version : 384.19_0

Just before going to bed last night at 2am, I noticed my internet was down but thought it was the typical 2am couple minutes ISP maintenance thing. I wake up this morning and discover it was the WIFI that wasn't working. I notice "ENABLE RADIO" was disabled for BOTH 2.4 and 5. How the hell did that happen? I'm the only one who knows the password into router. Is there something else I should look for? It's working since enabling and Apply.

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L&LD

Part of the Furniture
Any mysterious connections showing in the logs? What is the uptime of the router?

Either way, change the username and the router password.
 

pulp

Regular Contributor
Any mysterious connections showing in the logs? What is the uptime of the router?

Either way, change the username and the router password.
No mysterious connections that I can notice but maybe this isn't where to look. Also, it had been up a month and a half, bought the 88 on November 1st. I rebooted PC, cable box and the 88 before noticing radios were off. Weird that there isn't anything until last night:

System Log - General Log

May 5 01:05:22 BONDING: option disabled
May 5 01:05:22 ntpd: Started ntpd
Dec 3 10:23:34 ntpd: Initial clock set
Dec 3 10:23:35 rc_service: ntpd_synced 1631:notify_rc restart_diskmon
Dec 3 10:23:35 disk_monitor: Finish
Dec 3 10:23:35 disk_monitor: be idle
Dec 3 10:23:35 miniupnpd[1664]: HTTP listening on port 47037
Dec 3 10:23:35 miniupnpd[1664]: Listening for NAT-PMP/PCP traffic on port 5351
Dec 3 10:23:35 dhcp_client: bound 198.48.235.2/255.255.255.224 via 198.48.235.1 for 124034 seconds.
Dec 3 10:23:36 WAN_Connection: WAN was restored.
Dec 3 10:23:53 kernel: ubi1: attaching mtd10
Dec 3 10:23:53 kernel: ubi1: scanning is finished
Dec 3 10:23:53 kernel: ubi1: attached mtd10 (name "misc1", size 8 MiB)
Dec 3 10:23:53 kernel: ubi1: PEB size: 131072 bytes (128 KiB), LEB size: 126976 bytes
Dec 3 10:23:53 kernel: ubi1: min./max. I/O unit sizes: 2048/2048, sub-page size 2048
Dec 3 10:23:53 kernel: ubi1: VID header offset: 2048 (aligned 2048), data offset: 4096
Dec 3 10:23:53 kernel: ubi1: good PEBs: 64, bad PEBs: 0, corrupted PEBs: 0
Dec 3 10:23:53 kernel: ubi1: user volume: 1, internal volumes: 1, max. volumes count: 128
Dec 3 10:23:53 kernel: ubi1: max/mean erase counter: 8/3, WL threshold: 4096, image sequence number: 696890461
Dec 3 10:23:53 kernel: ubi1: available PEBs: 0, total reserved PEBs: 64, PEBs reserved for bad PEB handling: 4
Dec 3 10:23:53 kernel: ubi1: background thread "ubi_bgt1d" started, PID 1920
Dec 3 10:23:54 kernel: ubi: mtd10 is already attached to ubi1
Dec 3 10:23:54 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): background thread "ubifs_bgt1_0" started, PID 1964
Dec 3 10:23:54 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): UBIFS: mounted UBI device 1, volume 0, name "nvram"
Dec 3 10:23:54 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): LEB size: 126976 bytes (124 KiB), min./max. I/O unit sizes: 2048 bytes/2048 bytes
Dec 3 10:23:54 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): FS size: 5840896 bytes (5 MiB, 46 LEBs), journal size 1396736 bytes (1 MiB, 11 LEBs)
Dec 3 10:23:54 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): reserved for root: 0 bytes (0 KiB)
Dec 3 10:23:54 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): media format: w4/r0 (latest is w4/r0), UUID F81C8FF9-1B06-40EB-A05C-64D9AAF47331, small LPT model
Dec 3 10:24:01 kernel: random: nonblocking pool is initialized
Dec 3 10:24:01 httpd: Succeed to init SSL certificate...80
Dec 3 10:24:02 rc_service: cfg_server 1301:notify_rc start_bsd
Dec 3 10:24:11 crond[1197]: time disparity of 1358538 minutes detected
Dec 3 10:24:40 kernel: bcm_i2c: bus 0: Failed to detect SFP: 100 retries exhausted
Dec 3 10:32:43 rc_service: httpd 1198:notify_rc restart_wireless
Dec 3 10:32:44 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): un-mount UBI device 1
Dec 3 10:32:44 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): background thread "ubifs_bgt1_0" stops
Dec 3 10:32:44 kernel: ubi1: detaching mtd10
Dec 3 10:32:44 kernel: ubi1: mtd10 is detached
Dec 3 10:32:45 kernel: ubi1: attaching mtd10
Dec 3 10:32:46 kernel: ubi1: scanning is finished
Dec 3 10:32:46 kernel: ubi1: attached mtd10 (name "misc1", size 8 MiB)
Dec 3 10:32:46 kernel: ubi1: PEB size: 131072 bytes (128 KiB), LEB size: 126976 bytes
Dec 3 10:32:46 kernel: ubi1: min./max. I/O unit sizes: 2048/2048, sub-page size 2048
Dec 3 10:32:46 kernel: ubi1: VID header offset: 2048 (aligned 2048), data offset: 4096
Dec 3 10:32:46 kernel: ubi1: good PEBs: 64, bad PEBs: 0, corrupted PEBs: 0
Dec 3 10:32:46 kernel: ubi1: user volume: 1, internal volumes: 1, max. volumes count: 128
Dec 3 10:32:46 kernel: ubi1: max/mean erase counter: 8/3, WL threshold: 4096, image sequence number: 696890461
Dec 3 10:32:46 kernel: ubi1: available PEBs: 0, total reserved PEBs: 64, PEBs reserved for bad PEB handling: 4
Dec 3 10:32:46 kernel: ubi1: background thread "ubi_bgt1d" started, PID 2938
Dec 3 10:32:47 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): background thread "ubifs_bgt1_0" started, PID 2957
Dec 3 10:32:47 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): UBIFS: mounted UBI device 1, volume 0, name "nvram"
Dec 3 10:32:47 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): LEB size: 126976 bytes (124 KiB), min./max. I/O unit sizes: 2048 bytes/2048 bytes
Dec 3 10:32:47 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): FS size: 5840896 bytes (5 MiB, 46 LEBs), journal size 1396736 bytes (1 MiB, 11 LEBs)
Dec 3 10:32:47 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): reserved for root: 0 bytes (0 KiB)
Dec 3 10:32:47 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): media format: w4/r0 (latest is w4/r0), UUID F81C8FF9-1B06-40EB-A05C-64D9AAF47331, small LPT model
Dec 3 10:32:47 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): un-mount UBI device 1
Dec 3 10:32:47 kernel: UBIFS (ubi1:0): background thread "ubifs_bgt1_0" stops
Dec 3 10:32:47 kernel: ubi1: detaching mtd10
Dec 3 10:32:47 kernel: ubi1: mtd10 is detached
Dec 3 10:32:52 acsd: eth7: Selecting 5g band ACS policy
Dec 3 10:32:54 acsd: eth7: selected channel spec: 0xe22a (44/80)
Dec 3 10:32:54 acsd: eth7: Adjusted channel spec: 0xe22a (44/80)
Dec 3 10:32:54 acsd: eth7: selected channel spec: 0xe22a (44/80)
Dec 3 10:32:54 acsd: acs_set_chspec: 0xe22a (44/80) for reason APCS_INIT
Dec 3 10:32:59 WLCEVENTD: Auth 70:81:EB:BB:70:EA
Dec 3 10:32:59 WLCEVENTD: Assoc 70:81:EB:BB:70:EA
Dec 3 10:32:59 WLCEVENTD: Auth B2:BD:B6:8B:D4:22
 
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OzarkEdge

Part of the Furniture
RT-AX88U Current Version : 384.19_0

Just before going to bed last night at 2am, I noticed my internet was down but thought it was the typical 2am couple minutes ISP maintenance thing. I wake up this morning and discover it was the WIFI that wasn't working. I notice "ENABLE RADIO" was disabled for BOTH 2.4 and 5. How the hell did that happen? I'm the only one who knows the password into router. Is there something else I should look for? It's working since enabling and Apply.

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Maybe someone hit an external WiFi switch. This will toggle the firmware radio setting.

OE
 

pulp

Regular Contributor
Maybe someone hit an external WiFi switch. This will toggle the firmware radio setting.OE
What do you mean by that... like on the 88 itself or some other device connected to wifi. There is nothing else such as repeaters etc... just my 88, wired PC and a bunch of laptops, ipads, iphones etc...
The 88 is in a corner of my office, awkward to get to and nobody is allowed to touch it, let alone go into my office. LOL

P.S. I saw the internet (what I thought) turn off LIVE. I was the only one awake and about 20 feet away from the 88. Went to bed.
 
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eibgrad

Very Senior Member
Any chance you left your router *hackable*? For example, allowing remote access to the GUI over the WAN? Using an OpenVPN client w/o the "Inbound Firewall" option enabled?
 

pulp

Regular Contributor
Any chance you left your router *hackable*? For example, allowing remote access to the GUI over the WAN? Using an OpenVPN client w/o the "Inbound Firewall" option enabled?
As it was, didn't have to change anything here. Just the radios so far that I can see, changed.

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pulp

Regular Contributor
The only thing I can think of, I guess... is some sniffer hacked my password. I should have looked outside for a strange and unfamiliar car. LOL But I instinctively thought it was just my ISP doing maintenance. It happens routinely and I'm a night owl. LOL
 

davidkassa

New Around Here
I had this exact thing happen about 2 or 3 weeks ago. It was really strange. I was messing with the router, so I thought maybe it got disabled from tightening an antenna or something. I don't think there is any switch to disable the radios on the device (AC88U). Could be some other issue.
 

pulp

Regular Contributor
I had this exact thing happen about 2 or 3 weeks ago. It was really strange. I was messing with the router, so I thought maybe it got disabled from tightening an antenna or something. I don't think there is any switch to disable the radios on the device (AC88U). Could be some other issue.
Thank you for saving my sanity! :D Yeah, I haven't physically touched my 88 in over a month! We got Gremlins! LOL
 

OzarkEdge

Part of the Furniture
What do you mean by that... like on the 88 itself or some other device connected to wifi. There is nothing else such as repeaters etc... just my 88, wired PC and a bunch of laptops, ipads, iphones etc...
The 88 is in a corner of my office, awkward to get to and nobody is allowed to touch it, let alone go into my office. LOL

P.S. I saw the internet (what I thought) turn off LIVE. I was the only one awake and about 20 feet away from the 88. Went to bed.
Yes, the Wireless on/off Button on both AC88U and AX88U.

You asked 'how?'. I'm just suggesting one way. Feel free to blame the Deep State, defective hardware, wonky firmware, or sniffers and hackers. :)

OE
 

pulp

Regular Contributor
DAVID, was yours up for 6 weeks as well?
 

pulp

Regular Contributor
Yes, the Wireless on/off Button on both AC88U and AX88U.

You asked 'how?'. I'm just suggesting one way. Feel free to blame the Deep State, defective hardware, wonky firmware, or sniffers and hackers. :)

OE
LOL! Nope... haven’t touched my 88 since install. And the fact I saw it happen ”LIVE", away from the router, is freaking me out! LMAO
 
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davidkassa

New Around Here
Thank you for saving my sanity! :D Yeah, I haven't physically touched my 88 in over a month! We got Gremlins! LOL
Ha - yeah. I created this account just to reply because I thought I was going crazy when it happened to me.
 

lianthar

Occasional Visitor
There is a button on the front of my RT-AX88U to toggle the wifi on and off. I know because I pressed it by mistake when plugging in a USB drive the orther day. It is black and flush with the front panel so easy to press without realising.
 

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