I’ve got a gl-ar300md which I use almost exclusively as a wireless repeater while travelling. Sometimes, after connecting it to any given source wireless where it shows something like 20-35% signal, the gl-ar300md’s broadcasted SSID/wireless drops repeatedly.
I first thought it was because I was using a 1A power adapter and it wanted more than that, but after plugging it into a 2.1A power source, I got the same result.
It wasn’t until after I read someone’s offhand comment on this forum (a random reply about 4-5 messages deep in an unrelated thread) that I discovered that LAN WiFi will drop when the signal on the WAN connection isn’t strong enough.
Sure enough, I placed it closer to the source and no longer did the LAN connection between my devices and the GL router drop repeatedly.
Some notes about this:
- While I understand that the WAN and LAN connections use the same radio, if there were any way to separate the two so that the LAN connection does not drop when the WAN connection drops, that would be super helpful to making troubleshooting this easier.
Expected behaviour is that when the WAN signal drops, my devices would remain connected to the LAN wifi, but I simply wouldn’t have Internet until the WAN reconnects. After all, this is the behaviour we all experience when a wired WAN connection drops.
- It would be really helpful if there were some kind of indicator in the firmware, whether in the GL GUI or in the LEDE advanced GUI, that the signal between the GL router and the Internet/WAN source is weak enough to cause problems with the Internet dropping out.
When in WISP config, it might also indicate somewhere that because they share the same radio, when the WAN connection drops, so too will the LAN.