MT300N-V2 won't find hotel WiFi networks

@kyson-lok The access point in my room is the one putting out the AWN 409A-7 SSID.

Info for the access point:

Brand: EnGenius
Model Name: EAP600

I’ve seen this directly…

Could you please execute iwinfo wlan1 scan in AR750S?

It seems EAP600 support WAP/WAP2/802.1x, they are enterprise mode. While MT300N-V2 only support WAP-PSK, WPA2-PSK.

Here you go.

root@GL-AR750S:~# iwinfo wlan1 scan
Cell 01 - Address: 44:D9:E7:C7:8B:E8
          ESSID: "Sphinx"
          Mode: Master  Channel: 1
          Signal: -70 dBm  Quality: 40/70
          Encryption: WPA2 PSK (CCMP)
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 02 - Address: 00:02:6F:FE:A8:FA
          ESSID: unknown
          Mode: Master  Channel: 1
          Signal: -59 dBm  Quality: 51/70
          Encryption: none
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 03 - Address: 88:DC:96:00:A3:A8
          ESSID: unknown
          Mode: Master  Channel: 1
          Signal: -19 dBm  Quality: 70/70
          Encryption: none
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 04 - Address: 56:D9:E7:C7:8B:E8
          ESSID: unknown
          Mode: Master  Channel: 1
          Signal: -73 dBm  Quality: 37/70
          Encryption: WPA2 PSK (CCMP)
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 05 - Address: 00:02:6F:FE:A6:F2
          ESSID: unknown
          Mode: Master  Channel: 1
          Signal: -69 dBm  Quality: 41/70
          Encryption: none
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 06 - Address: 8A:8A:20:DD:A0:BA
          ESSID: unknown
          Mode: Master  Channel: 1
          Signal: -70 dBm  Quality: 40/70
          Encryption: WPA2 PSK (CCMP)
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 07 - Address: 46:D9:E7:C7:8B:E8
          ESSID: "Helios"
          Mode: Master  Channel: 1
          Signal: -70 dBm  Quality: 40/70
          Encryption: WPA2 PSK (CCMP)
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 08 - Address: 78:8A:20:DD:A0:BA
          ESSID: "Sphinx"
          Mode: Master  Channel: 1
          Signal: -71 dBm  Quality: 39/70
          Encryption: WPA2 PSK (CCMP)
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 09 - Address: 7A:8A:20:DD:A0:BA
          ESSID: "Helios"
          Mode: Master  Channel: 1
          Signal: -67 dBm  Quality: 43/70
          Encryption: WPA2 PSK (CCMP)
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 10 - Address: 88:DC:96:0E:4B:F4
          ESSID: unknown
          Mode: Master  Channel: 6
          Signal: -66 dBm  Quality: 44/70
          Encryption: none
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 11 - Address: 88:DC:96:0E:5C:92
          ESSID: unknown
          Mode: Master  Channel: 6
          Signal: -50 dBm  Quality: 60/70
          Encryption: none
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 12 - Address: 00:02:6F:FE:A8:F0
          ESSID: unknown
          Mode: Master  Channel: 6
          Signal: -60 dBm  Quality: 50/70
          Encryption: none
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 13 - Address: 46:D9:E7:C7:BD:EA
          ESSID: "Helios"
          Mode: Master  Channel: 6
          Signal: -69 dBm  Quality: 41/70
          Encryption: WPA2 PSK (CCMP)
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 14 - Address: 44:D9:E7:C7:BD:EA
          ESSID: "Sphinx"
          Mode: Master  Channel: 6
          Signal: -69 dBm  Quality: 41/70
          Encryption: WPA2 PSK (CCMP)
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 15 - Address: 56:D9:E7:C7:BD:EA
          ESSID: unknown
          Mode: Master  Channel: 6
          Signal: -70 dBm  Quality: 40/70
          Encryption: WPA2 PSK (CCMP)
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 16 - Address: 88:DC:96:0E:55:04
          ESSID: unknown
          Mode: Master  Channel: 11
          Signal: -43 dBm  Quality: 67/70
          Encryption: none
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 17 - Address: 00:02:6F:FE:A8:F6
          ESSID: unknown
          Mode: Master  Channel: 11
          Signal: -53 dBm  Quality: 57/70
          Encryption: none
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 18 - Address: 00:02:6F:FE:A8:EE
          ESSID: unknown
          Mode: Master  Channel: 11
          Signal: -70 dBm  Quality: 40/70
          Encryption: none
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 19 - Address: 7A:8A:20:DD:A0:21
          ESSID: "Helios"
          Mode: Master  Channel: 11
          Signal: -69 dBm  Quality: 41/70
          Encryption: WPA2 PSK (CCMP)
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 20 - Address: 8A:8A:20:DD:A0:21
          ESSID: unknown
          Mode: Master  Channel: 11
          Signal: -68 dBm  Quality: 42/70
          Encryption: WPA2 PSK (CCMP)
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Cell 21 - Address: 78:8A:20:DD:A0:21
          ESSID: "Sphinx"
          Mode: Master  Channel: 11
          Signal: -69 dBm  Quality: 41/70
          Encryption: WPA2 PSK (CCMP)
          HT Capabilities: HT20

Since you’re on a Mac, might want to use Airtool to get a wireless PCAC trace and grab the beacon frames…

It’s free, and damn handy to have when debugging or conducting recon…

https://www.adriangranados.com/apps/airtool

(it’s written by the same person who did WiFi Explorer)

I am having same problem with a MT300N-V2, Firmware: 3.012. It is not able to scan 5 GHZ wifi.

Just purchased it and it is not able to detect xfinity wifi when it is on 5 GHZ, but detects the same xfinity network when it has 2.4 GHZ.

MT300N-V2 is single band 2.4G and only be able to detect 2.4G radio.

Singleband chipset - 2.4GHz only…

Its no where mentioned in the product info page. I read the manual, specs and product info page many times before purchasing. It would save time if it is mentioned.

Thanks for the pointer to Airtool. Will check it out (though I’m not sure the details in the traces would help me understand why the MT300N router doesn’t see the hotel networks…)

@kyson-lok
I’m afraid I don’t know the model of the uplink router at the Kimpton hotel in Toronto. I am many kilometers away from it right now. I doubt that the hotel staff have any idea what routers are deployed at the property. The IT staff from their headquarters organization probably specified and installed the WiFi infrastructure.

According to the MACs, the access points in the hotel appeared to be Cisco Meraki gear. Their core router might be Cisco as well, but that’s just a guess!

I am having this same issue at a Holiday Inn hotel in Canada. My Macbook can see the hotel Wifi fine, but the MT-300N-V2 only picks up a couple other networks in the area and will not show the hotel connection. I connected with SSH too:

iwinfo ra0 scan

^C
root@GL-MT300N-V2:~# iwinfo ra0 scan
Cell 01 - Address: 4C:ED:FB:90:97:28
ESSID: “Sitel_Cogeco2”
Mode: Master Channel: 3
Signal: unknown Quality: 0/100
Encryption: WPA2 PSK (AES-OCB)
HT Capabilities: UNKNOW

Cell 02 - Address: 00:03:52:DC:71:40
ESSID: “Free Internet HFC”
Mode: Master Channel: 8
Signal: 24 Quality: 24/100
Encryption: none
HT Capabilities: UNKNOW

root@GL-MT300N-V2:~#
root@GL-MT300N-V2:~# iwpriv apcli0 set SiteSurvey=1
root@GL-MT300N-V2:~# iwpriv apcli0 get_site_survey
apcli0 get_site_survey:
Ch SSID LEN BSSID Security Siganl(%)W-Mode ExtCH NT
1 0 e2:55:7d:60:5a:34 NONE 20 11b/g/n NONE In
1 0 e2:55:7d:5e:8d:f4 NONE 31 11b/g/n NONE In
1 0 e2:55:7d:5e:36:24 NONE 18 11b/g/n NONE In
1 0 e2:55:7d:5e:39:c4 NONE 13 11b/g/n NONE In
2 NETGEAR08 9 84:16:f9:4b:97:81 WPA1PSKWPA2PSK/TKIPAES 0 11b/g/n NONE In
6 0 e2:55:7d:60:78:04 NONE 26 11b/g/n NONE In
6 0 e2:55:7d:5f:fe:f4 NONE 13 11b/g/n NONE In
6 0 e2:55:7d:5d:ef:34 NONE 42 11b/g/n NONE In
6 0 e2:55:7d:5e:30:44 NONE 89 11b/g/n NONE In
6 0 e2:55:7d:a8:07:44 NONE 78 11b/g/n NONE In
8 Free Internet HFC 17 00:03:52:dc:71:40 NONE 29 11b/g NONE In
11 0 e2:55:7d:5e:3b:14 NONE 7 11b/g/n NONE In
11 0 e2:55:7d:aa:6c:44 NONE 29 11b/g/n NONE In
11 0 e2:55:7d:aa:14:e4 NONE 26 11b/g/n NONE In
11 0 e2:55:7d:60:4b:14 NONE 57 11b/g/n NONE In
11 0 e2:55:7d:60:03:f4 NONE 52 11b/g/n NONE In

Could you please ssh to the router, and execute this command?

cat /etc/config/wireless

Unfortunately, I left the hotel already. Not sure if this is helpful anymore:

root@GL-MT300N-V2:~# cat /etc/config/wireless

config wifi-device ‘mt7628’
option type ‘mt7628’
option htmode ‘HT40’
option ht_txstream ‘2’
option ht_rxstream ‘2’
option hwmode ‘11g’
option band ‘2G’
option country ‘US’
option region ‘0’
option txpower ‘20’
option noscan ‘1’
option channel ‘8’

config wifi-iface
option device ‘mt7628’
option network ‘lan’
option mode ‘ap’
option encryption ‘psk-mixed’
option wds ‘1’
option ifname ‘ra0’
option key ‘
option ssid '

config wifi-iface ‘sta’
option device ‘mt7628’
option network ‘wwan’
option mode ‘sta’
option ifname ‘apcli0’
option ssid ‘Free Internet HFC’
option channel ‘8’
option bssid ‘00:03:52:DC:71:40’
option encryption ‘none’
option disabled ‘1’

@kyson-lok
The recent report from @sleuth re WiFi problems at a Holiday Inn is most curious. Holiday Inn is part of the IHG group of hotels, as is the Kimpton where I encountered the same issue (see post #1, above). It’s plausible that the two hotels are using similar WiFi equipment specified by the IHG central IT organization.

They are both in Canada too!