June 27, 2006
ZyXEL B1000 ZyAIR problem
Interesting problem with my ZyXEL B1000 ZyAIR wireless access point last night. I'd updated the permitted MAC address list to add J's new iBook airpoint wireless NIC when the wireless connection went dead. Completely. First I thought it was my laptop playing up (it has done before), but the desktop PC, which is also connected wirelessly, had lost the connection too. I could see the SSID, but any attempt to connect to it failed. Resetting the ZyAIR didn't help at all. I finally gave up with the wireless connection, plugged in a network cable and opened the ZyAIR admin screen. Everything looked fine at first ... then I looked a bit more closely at the "Wireless" tab. There's a field marked "Maximum number of wireless stations", with a comment next to it that permitted values are 1-32. It was set to 0. I found this out because I made another change on that tab and tried to save it, and of course it complained because the maximum wireless stations field was 0! Setting it to 32 and re-saving fixed the problem completely. What baffles me is how this happened - the thing has been working for nearly 3 years without this ever causing a problem, so presumably some glitch when I updated the MAC filter list last night caused this to happen! Weird. Maybe it just interpreted "MAC filter" to mean that it should filter out Macs and other Apples?
Posted by daen at June 27, 2006 02:39 PM
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