Last July, I posted about how I got my Netgear MR814v2 to talk to my Airport Extreme laptop. The fix involved setting “Universal Plug ‘n’ Play” preferences.
Since then, I’ve gotten occasional e-mail messages from people thanking me for publishing the solution, and that neither Netgear nor Apple seem to know anything about this problem. I got one just today, and thought it was probably time for a follow-up post.
The fix I described isn’t a panacea, I’ve found; I still occasionally find the laptop knocked back to its self-assigned IP address. This behavior seems to revolve around hard sleep/wake events, and iChat might be implicated too. My father has a Netgear 802.11g wireless router and it’s totally smooth for him using an 802.11b PowerBook, but whenever I visit with my Airport Extreme PowerBook the router starts kicking us both off on an infrequent basis.
I’ve found one of two things will fix my router when it ceases talking to the laptop. One is to unplug and replug the router; the thing comes back up in about a second and it always sees the laptop again. The other is to log into the router from a wired computer, go to the UPnP page, and hit “Apply”. I don’t have to change any setting, just hit “Apply”. That fixes the problem too. I do the latter when I’m in my office with my wired G4, and the former when I’m downstairs closer to the router.
Either way, I’m thinking about replacing my 802.11b router with an 802.11g router so I can take advantage of the Extreme access, and I’m thinking the replacement won’t be a Netgear product. Anyone have recommendations for a good Airport Extreme compatible wireless/wired combo router (I need to plug in two CAT5-bound computers) besides an Airport Base Station?