Introduction

"'NETGEAR WG302: ProSafe™ 802.11g Wireless Access Point'"

http://www.netgear.com/images/products/large/wg302.jpg

Key features:

Specifications

"Click here to download product data sheet"

IXP425 ARM CPU

Bootloader: RedBoot like in Linksys NSLU2.

Firmware

Version 4.1.6

What's New

  1. Adds rogue AP detection support.
  2. Adds WMM support.
  3. Adds HTTP Redirect for hot spot application. This feature allows specifying which server and what URL the AP displays in a browser by default. This allows, for example, hotels to display their own page to customers, before anything else.

Bugs Fixed

  1. Fixed the limitation of having to select the WEP key index 2, 3, or 4 (but not 1) when using 802.1X and WEP authentication.

Known Issues and Limitations

  1. Wireless bridging and wireless repeating are not available when AutoCell is enabled. Wireless bridging and wireless repeating requires the access points to use the same channel. This conflicts with AutoCell's automatic channel selection.

  2. When WG302's built-in DHCP server for wireless clients is enabled, if there is another DHCP server on the LAN, the wireless client may get IP address from the DHCP server on the LAN instead of the WG302.
  3. WPA and WPA-PSK won't work with wireless bridging or wireless repeating.
  4. SuperG will not work with AutoCell. SuperG requires an access point to run on channel 6, which conflicts with AutoCell's automatic channel selection.

  5. If you’re using adapters WG511, WG511T, WAG511 or WAG311, get the latest driver and utility from this site. These support WPA-PSK.
  6. You must set a valid primary RADIUS accounting server to use the secondary RADIUS accounting server.
  7. If the primary DNS server is not available, then the secondary DNS will not work.
  8. The wireless connections are dropped if rogue AP detection is enabled.

Version 4.0.4

What's New

  1. Support for WPA2.

Bugs Fixed

  1. Fixed the Web GUI firmware upgrade occasional failed problem.
  2. Fixed occasionally client cannot reassociate the AP problem.

Known Issues and Limitations

  1. Wireless bridging and wireless repeating are not available when AutoCell is enabled. Wireless bridging and wireless repeating requires the access points to use the same channel. This conflicts with AutoCell's automatic channel selection.

  2. When WG302's built-in DHCP server for wireless clients is enabled, if there is another DHCP server on the LAN, the wireless client may get IP address from the DHCP server on the LAN instead of the WG302.
  3. WPA and WPA-PSK won't work with wireless bridging or wireless repeating.
  4. If the WEP passphrase was set up through CLI, the Web UI doesn't display the correct WEP encryption status.
  5. SuperG and Dynamic 108 support is not optimized. To use 108 Mbps, disable SuperG, manually set up wireless setting to channel 6, 802.11g and 108 data rate.
  6. SuperG will not work with AutoCell. SuperG requires an access point to run on channel 6, which conflicts with AutoCell's automatic channel selection.

  7. If you’re using adapters WG511, WG511T, WAG511 or WAG311, get the latest driver and utility from this site. These support WPA-PSK.
  8. You must select the WEP key index 2, 3 or 4 instead of 1 when using 802.1X+WEP authentication.
  9. You must set a valid primary RADIUS accounting server to use the secondary RADIUS accounting server.
  10. If the primary DNS server is not available, then the secondary DNS will not work.

Version 3.0.7

New Features and Enhancements

  1. Fixed link stability issue under heavy WLAN traffic.
  2. Fixed roaming issue with NETGEAR WG111v2 when WG302 is running WPA-PSK.
  3. Support running both ACL and WPA-PSK simultaneously.

Known Problems and Limitations

  1. WPA and WPA/PSK won't work with wireless bridging or wireless repeating.
  2. If the WEP passphrase was set up through CLI, the Web UI doesn't display the correct WEP encryption status.
  3. SuperG and Dynamic 108 supports are not optimized. To use 108Mbps, disable SuperG, manually set up wireless setting to channel 6, 802.11g and 108 data rate.
  4. If you’re using adapters WG511, WG511T, WAG511 or WAG311, get the latest driver and utility from this site. These support WPA-PSK.
  5. The WPA-PSK is not supported for Wireless Bridging and Repeater.

Version 3.0.4

New Features and Enhancements

  1. Fixed link stability issue under heavy WLAN traffic.
  2. Fixed roaming issue with NETGEAR WG111v2 when WG302 is running WPA-PSK.

Previous Features and Enhancements

  1. Added support for AutoCell.

  2. Added DHCP server for Wireless Clients only.
  3. Added support and documentation menu.
  4. Added activity log menu.
  5. Added RADIUS MAC Address Authentication support.

Known Problems and Limitations

  1. Wireless bridging and wireless repeating are not available when AutoCell is enabled. Wireless bridging and wireless repeating requires the access points to use the same channel. This conflicts with AutoCell's automatic channel selection.

  2. When WG302's built-in DHCP server for wireless clients is enabled, if there is another DHCP server on the LAN, the wireless client may get IP address from the DHCP server on the LAN instead of the WG302.
  3. WPA and WPA/PSK won't work with wireless bridging or wireless repeating.
  4. If the WEP passphrase was set up through CLI, the Web UI doesn't display the correct WEP encryption status.
  5. SuperG and Dynamic 108 supports are not optimized. To use 108Mbps, disable SuperG, manually set up wireless setting to channel 6, 802.11g and 108 data rate.
  6. SuperG will not work with AutoCell. SuperG requires an access point to run on channel 6, which conflicts with AutoCell's automatic channel selection.

  7. If you’re using adapters WG511, WG511T, WAG511 or WAG311, get the latest driver and utility from this site. These support WPA-PSK.

Version 3.0.2 *BETA*

New Features and Enhancements

  1. Display IP address of associated wireless clients.
  2. Prompt user to reboot AP when switch to WDS mode.

Fixes

  1. Fixed the de-auth issue after applying the wireless configuration changes.

Known Limitations and Problems

  1. [Wlan Driver/AutoCell]: The maximum backoff range must be expand from 8 db to 12db.
  2. SNMP user can set/get the community string remotely.

Version 3.0.1 *BETA*

New Features and Enhancements

Fixes

  1. [802.1x/Roaming] NETGEAR WG111v2/Z-Com XG703 Driver 3.0.18.2 roaming unsuccessfully, when AP works on WPA-PSK.
  2. Wlan Driver
    • Fixed the bug around the AutoCell managment frame transmit.

    • Sometimes, the WDS communication doesn't take effect immediately right after we've set up operation mode to Bridging and Repeating mode. We have to reboot WG302 to take effect.
  3. [Http Server/Radius] Fixed: The "Shared Secret" will be changed accidentally when applying other settings (e.g., IP Address) on "Radius Server Settings" page.
  4. [Config Server/DHCP Server] Fixed: Fixed the bug around the DHCP Server's ipend verification issue.
  5. [Config Server/CLI,SNMP,Http Server] Fixed: Uniform the DHCP server lease range: 15-44640 minutes (31 days).
  6. [DHCP Server] Fixed: WG302 fails to adjust the range of its DHCP server IP pool. Steps:
    • set up starting IP=192.168.0.1, ending IP=192.168.0.51. Apply it.
    • change starting IP=192.168.0.52, ending IP=192.168.0.60. Apply it.
    • the DHCP client still gets 192.168.0.1.
    • reboot WG302.
    • the DHCP client gets 192.168.0.52~192.168.0.60.
  7. [SNMP] Fixed: Fixed the bug around the SNMP walk through.
  8. [CLI] Fixed: After type "reboot", "logout", "password" and "quit", then press TAB, the command will be executed.
  9. [Web GUI]
    • Help of page "Wireless Settings": Move "Default: United States" to correct place.
    • Help of page "Activity Log": Remove the duplicated info "Default: 514" on its help.
    • Page "Advanced Access Point Settings" Add the Hint : "Once Enable Wireless Bridging and Repeating, AutoCell will be automatically disabled, and WPA or legacy 802.1x not available!"

  10. [Config Server/CLI] New feature
    • Introduced a new CLI command "set wlan autocell refresh" to force
    • AutoCell "cold start" periodically.

    • For example: set wlan autocell refresh 3600
    • The WG302 will rescan channel every 1 hour (3600 seconds)

Version 3.0.0

New Features & Enhancements

  1. Added support for AutoCell.

  2. Added DHCP server for Wireless Clients only.
  3. Added support and documentation menu.
  4. Added activity log menu.
  5. Added RADIUS MAC Address Authentication support.

Known Problems and Limitations

  1. Wireless bridging and wireless repeating are not available when AutoCell is enabled. Wireless bridging and wireless repeating requires the access points to use the same channel. This conflicts with AutoCell's automatic channel selection.

  2. When WG302's built-in DHCP server for wireless clients is enabled, if there is another DHCP server on the LAN, the wireless client may get IP address from the DHCP server on the LAN instead of the WG302.
  3. WPA and WPA/PSK won't work with wireless bridging or wireless repeating.
  4. If the WEP passphrase was set up through CLI, the Web UI doesn't display the correct WEP encryption status.
  5. SuperG and Dynamic 108 supports are not optimized. To use 108Mbps, disable SuperG, manually set up wireless setting to channel 6, 802.11g and 108 data rate.
  6. SuperG will not work with AutoCell. SuperG requires an access point to run on channel 6, which conflicts with AutoCell's automatic channel selection.

  7. If you’re using adapters WG511, WG511T, WAG511 or WAG311, get the latest driver and utility from this site. These support WPA-PSK.

Version 2.0.4 RC7 *BETA*

BETA Was supposed to replace 2.0.4 RC5 because it has stability issues, but in the end this firmware was found out to be unstable as well

Version 2.0.4 RC5 *BETA*

BETA Fixes instability issues with 2.0.3's memory problems that cause unit to need to be power cycled.

Version 2.0.3

New Features & Enhancements

  1. Security support for:
    • Legacy 802.1X with or without WEP (dynamic WEP).
    • WPA-PSK (Pre-shared key).
    • WPA with RADIUS Authentication.
    • RADIUS Authentication and Accounting.
  2. Supports Super G and Dynamic 108 Mbps.
  3. Added WPA and RADIUS Settings support in CLI, FTP and SNMP.
  4. Supports Spanning Tree Protocol enabling and disabling.
  5. Supports HTTPS.
  6. Wi-Fi 802.11b, 802.11g & WPA Certified.

Known Problems & Limitations

  1. You need to upgrade the Boot loader commands first before upgrading the new firmware from the previous release. Please refer to the Upgrade Procedure for the details.
  2. The performance of Super G and Dynamic 108 Mbps is low.
  3. 802.1X only works with Dynamic WEP. 802.1X and Static WEP together are not supported.
  4. The WEB SSID entry does not support unicode.
  5. Roaming may fail using 802.1X and WPA together.
  6. The authentication type in SNMP GET/SET may be incorrect.
  7. The WPA pre-shared key does not restore to the default settings.
  8. If you’re using adapters WG511, WG511T, WAG511 or WAG311, get the latest driver and utility from this site. These support WPA-PSK.
  9. The WPA-PSK is not supported for Wireless Bridging and Repeater.

Version 2.0.1

Version 1.0.5

Early firmware release, didn't support Dynamic 108 or WPA

Version 1.0.3

Initial Firmware release

FAQ

Question: I want to play around with this AP and see if I can unlock some really cool features, Where can I download the GPL Source Code?

Answer: Click here to download the source code: ftp://downloads.netgear.com/files/GPL/

Discussion


This is a great AP with it's support for 802.3af PoE and WPA it is great for just about anything and the 100mW output with the 5dBi antennas makes it a great option if you need a strong signal. I had very good experiences with these AP's and they've proved to be very stable.


I use this AP/bridge as a point to point bridge, between a friend's house 3mi away. It works very well, but has some buggy firmware. The http engine can crash in it, requiring a reboot. Once in a while when I reboot it, it comes up with some strange MAC address, like CA-CA-CA-CA-CA, but reboot again fixes it. Newest firmware update is initially via the serial management console, which is not cool in my book, since both the APs are 50' in the air on towers with dishes. But man is it powerful. I am running older firmware, 1.0.5 due to this limitation.


09-07-2004

I talked to a representative from NETGEAR and one of the engineers and they are working on a newer firmware right now than the 2.0.3 (most likely 2.0.4). I should be receiving the firmware sometime this week for beta testing. They acknowledged that there are problems with the way the memory is handled in 2.0.3. This is what causes the unit to need to be powercycled so much. I should have more details soon, but the next firmware release is going to be aimed at stability.


09-08-2004

I received the firmware via email from NETGEAR today, the firmware is v204rc5. I'm going to test it out and post my results in a couple of days when I can know some more about the stability. If anyone else is having the same issue as me post about it, and I'll try to get you this firmware.


09-10-2004

I am having stability problems with this AP as well. It will lock up so much that a powercycle will no longer get it back up. I have to reset to factory defaults and set the whole thing back up. I've read elsewhere that the beta firmware that you received fixes the problems I'm having. If you could get it to me I'd be very appreciative. My email is pmclanahan@smallbizpros.com. Thanks.


09-10-2004

The firmware can be downloaded here: "WG302 2.0.4 RC5 Firmware"


09-29-2004

New version 3.0.0 can be downloaded here: "WG302 3.0.0 Firmware"


10-02-2004

So what does everyone think of Version 3.0.0 so far? I've had it running for a couple of days now and it seems to be stable to me. I like how it automatically selects the channel.


10-06-2004

Apparently NETGEAR is working on expanding AutoCell support to the NETGEAR FSM7326P, and their other Layer 3 Managed Switches. There is going to be software so that you can monitor all of the AutoCell AP's and configure stuff and monitor settings through the switch.


10-14-2004

I've decided as of now that AutoCell fucks everything up. Maybe if you have a network with just WG302's it would work, but otherwise there are some variables that it just doesn't factor in or it just straight up isn't stable. I'm testing the 3.0.0 firmware for stability without AutoCell enabled, but if that doesn't work out for the next couple weeks I'll be making a move back to the 2.0.4.5 firmware.


10-16-2004

Ok, so I gave the AP's 2 days with 3.0.0 and no AutoCell and still no luck, even after reloading the firmware, rebooting, resetting to defaults. Testing with 7 AP's on 3.0.0 resulted in 3 of them crashing within 2 days. I just moved back to 2.0.4.5 which be warned cannot be done through the web config utility... this corrupts the unit and then requires a TFTP firmware upgrade to revive it. I have yet to have a 2.0.4.5 AP crash on me so we'll see how things go now, and I'll be on the phone with NETGEAR soon letting them know about the stability issues and I recommend the same to anyone else out there with a WG302. The more complaints that NETGEAR gets about a firmware release, the more likely they are to release a fix.


10-18-2004

I am having the same issues you describe above with both firmware 2.0.3 and 3.0.0, hopefully NetGear will have a new release soon. I played with the AutoCell stuff and it looks promising, but makes the AP much less stable/responsive. Also, does anyone have the SNMP MIBs for this device?


10-25-2004

I just wanted to report that it's 10-25-2004 and I still haven't had a 2.0.4.5 AP crash so this is definitely the only stable WG302 firmware release ever. I've tried contacting NETGEAR lately and they've been non-responsive, so either they know there is an issue and don't want to respond, or they just don't care. It would help if more people could make it to Level 2 NETGEAR support and report the problems. Thanks.

P.S. to get to Level 2 support easily:

1-888-638-4327 Press 4 (tech support), 2 (newer than 90 days), 5 (switches), 1 (Layer 3), 2 (no contract)


10-30-2004

SNMP 802.11 MIBs These would be great! NETGEAR doesn't know anything about them, and there are some sensors under the public string, but no descriptions of them.

I tried opening a yahoo group on the WG302 but it was cancled due to being lame for too long.


11-01-2004

I've just about had it with these AP's I just checked on them at one of my sites and 4 out of 7 of them had crashed over a two week period and weren't even acccessible on the LAN side. I tried to connect to them to reboot them and couldn't even do that. All of them were reset to defaults and had the 2.0.4 RC5 firmware sent to them via TFTP. I'm beyond pissed off right now that these don't work. I want to see if NETGEAR at this point will possibly refund me so that I can use some Apple Airport Extreme's with built-in PoE. Not as good of specs but I know that these AP's are stable and don't crash. Grrrrrr! I might even just start mounting Linksys WAP54G's.

Follow up: So I called up NETGEAR today and they gave me another RC to try of the 2.0.4 series. Now they have 2.0.4 RC7 done, and I'll get back to you guys with how it works for me in about a week unless I can tell before then that it isn't working out. You guys in the meantime if you want to try it can "download it from here". There were no release notes with it, and she just told me that it's supposed to be the most stable release yet (supposedly).


11-06-2004

Wrong again, even 2.0.4 RC7 doesn't work. 5 days after installing it, the RC7 firmware caused 4 out of 7 of the Access Points to be non-responsive and thus requiring to be power cycled. I'm so sick of this Access Point now. I can't recommend this to anyone any more and I have tried it with so many different configurations.


11-08-2004

So I just got 3.0.2 today from NETGEAR. I'll post in a few days about how it turns out for me, but I have doubts that it'll fix anything becuase the guy I've been talking with says that NETGEAR isn't aware of any stability issues. Now I'm 100% positive that other people out there are having the same issues; I've seen people posting in other forums such ass bbr.com. People just need to call NETGEAR up the way I described above and get to Level 2 support to let them know that this is an important issue that needs to be resolved ASAP. If you guys don't call NETGEAR won't take notice that there is a stability issue.

Let's hope that my first guess is wrong though and that the 3.0.2 solves my problems.

Download from here if you want to give it a test: "WG302 v. 3.0.2 Firmware"


11-18-2004

At first I had major problems with this firmware but now I think I've found that the AP's are stable as long as you entirely reset them by reloading the new boot file onto them through the serial port, and then you have to send the upgrade file via TFTP. Just make sure to set the thing back to defaults before you do any of this; I found that this helps. The basic problems behind these units I think almost always lies with some kind of memory hang. Anyways, I'll get back in a couple of weeks with the results of stability.


11-29-2004

A quick thanks to you for taking the time to share your experiences. I was leaning toward purchasing two of these access points until I discovered your discussion thread. Is there another access point you could recommend with similar features? - AM


12-03-2004

Hallo from germany. Had the same probs with firmware 3.0.0 and no way out with NETGEAR support germany. Tried first firmware 3.0.2 and after 1 week stabil running I tried firmware 3.0.4. It runs now for 2 weeks super stabil and it seems, that there is no prob anymore. JE


01-05-2005

Firmware 3.04 ran stable for more than 6 weeks but then the WG302 disconnected and I had to turn it off and on again. Now it works again without problems. RC


01-10-2005

I was the original person who made this post, and I do have an access point crash like maybe once a month out of 7, but that isn't so bad. I just pull the plug and power-cycle. I can deal with that. Running 3.0.4


01-11-2005

Hello all. I just purchased one of these babies recently based on its feature set. As soon as I took it out of the box I upgraded to the latest firmware 3.04 (not sure what it was running previously, but it wasn't v3.) Anyway, I've found the thing to be somewhat unstable especially with regards to the http admin engine, which seems to crash on a daily basis and will only come back up after a reboot (via the SSH console). Anyone else finding this?


01-12-2005

Germany again: Absolutly no probs at all with firmware 3.0.4. Even under heavy traffic (filesharing for more than 3 weeks 24 hours a day) there was no stability problem. The prob above seems for me a hardware prob or the dhcp - IP adressing is not correct. JE And a happy new year


03-08-2005

I've decided that the big problem with these lies in the PoE, they just aren't stable when they are receiving Power over Ethernet. I'm even using probably the most ideal situation which is that I'm using a NETGEAR FSM7326P switch to supply the 48v on the cat-5. I'm going to get in touch with NETGEAR and see what they have to say. I kind of doubt that there will ever be a fix for this one though.


03-30-2005

Well, no luck not running on PoE either. I still get them to crash on the AC adapters. I think that it has to do with the fact that I'm in a high interference area; lot's of wireless networks. The AP's just can't handle this and it always causes them to crash. I'm trying 3.0.7 firmware right now, we'll see what NETGEAR has to say if this doesn't work.


04-20-2005

Just noticed that firmware 3.0.7 is available on NETGEAR's website.


05-25-2005

Firmware 4.0.4 is available at NETGEAR's site:

What's New: Support for WPA2.

Bugs Fixed: Fixed the Web GUI firmware upgrade occasional failed problem. Fixed occasionally client cannot reassociate the AP problem.


10-12-2005 aaronmarks

What kind of luck have you guys been having lately with stability, I haven't been able to test out the new 4.0.4 firmware or the 3.0.7 even, but I'm sure that it would have fixed all the problems that I was having because I'm sure that they were due to high Wireless Network Density.


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