03-27-2013 08:07:59 PM
I had my MicroCell plugged into a 5 port switch and everything was fine.
I ran out of ports though so I just bought an 8-port gigabit switch. After plugging the Microcell back in, it never worked again.
I unplugged it and re-plugged it to no avail.
I moved it back to connect directly to my router but still no luck.
When I check my router's DHCP logs, I see all the appropriate network devices except for the Microcell.
Not sure what happened - I suppose it's possible the new switched zapped the MicroCell's ethernet port somehow but I've plugged other devices into that port since that and they work fine.
Anyone have any ideas? I did a chat session with AT&T this evening but they suggested going through all the re-activation (which I've done multiple times over the last day) but to no avail. Seems the main issue as that it's not talking to my router at all, since it can't lease an address.
Anyone have this issue?
03-28-2013 11:27:25 AM
The more devices you put between the MicroCell and your router, the more apt you are to have an issue. It shouldn't be that way but...... Try a hard reset on the MicroCell by holding in the reset button on the back for about 30 seconds and then let it go thru it's activation sequence. I'd try this with your original setup first to see if you can get it to work like it used too. To test the MicroCell first, you could do a priority connection which is connecting the MicroCell directly to your modem/gateway. That way you are by-passing the router completely which will rule out any rotuer config issues. If it works, at least you'll know that the MicroCell is ok and can focus on your setup for causes.
03-28-2013 12:23:27 PM
Thanks for the info. I can't put the Microcell between my DSL modem and router because my DSL modem is in bridge mode.
My router actually makes the connection to the internet so the MicroCell has to connect to the router at a minimum.
I've tried a hard reset but perhaps didn't hold the reset switch in long enough. I'll try longer...
But am I thinking right that the first thing the MicroCell should do in it's boot up is lease an IP address from my router?
I would think so - and if that ain't happening, nothing else will either.
03-28-2013 01:25:02 PM - edited 03-28-2013 01:26:31 PM
My DSL modem is in bridge mode also so my router (AEBS) handles all of the heavy lifting. I use port forwarding to a static IP address based on the MicroCell's MAC address and that has given me rock solid performance. However, if your router doesn't see the MicroCell, there won't be an IP address assigned to it. Check out the MircroCell Setup and Troubleshooing link in my sig and see if that helps.
04-01-2013 09:35:24 AM
04-04-2013 08:36:09 PM - last edited on 04-04-2013 09:09:59 PM by Phil-101
New one works great. And it does lease an IP address within 10 or 15 seconds of powering up.
My router's DHCP log shows it like so - the Host name doesn't get sent to the router for some reason but no biggie...
Expires MAC Address IP Address Host name
17:24:50 **** 192.168.1.253 *
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04-04-2013 08:50:51 PM
04-05-2013 10:11:00 AM
All of that is done thru your router, not the MicroCell. There is absolutely nothing you can do the MicroCell in the way of configuring. It's a totally closed system. You can configure your router so that it always assigns the same ip address to the MicroCell based on the MicroCell's MAC address which it detects thru the DHCP table. I do that in conjuction with port forwarding becuase that's how I had to set mine up years ago to get it to work reliably. You really shouldn't have to do port forwarding to a static ip but that has always worked very well for me. Can't hurt and it works so well no reason for me to change the setup now.