BGW210 broken for Nighthawk 4XS / AC2600 / R7800 running DD-WRT
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Hello World, I'm at a bit of a loss after troubleshooting for the past few days.
Over the past two weeks--excluding 02/09 - 02/11--the following setup has been working perfectly.
1. (C1) BGW210-700 Router/Modem (ONT connected to wall-mounted terminal via Cat5e)
2. (C2) NETGEAR R7800 (Nighthawk 4XS / AC2600; Router flashed with DD-WRT version 10/10/18)
3. (C3) Laptop
Configuration which worked for the two weeks from the install date (01/25/19 until 02/09/19):
Public Subnet (Static IP block)
Default DHCP-Pool is "Public"
IP Passthrough (dynamic)
Successfully received Public IP from C1
Firewall spoof-protections ON
VPN Server ON
VPN Client OFF
+ other (W)LAN-based configurations
As of 02/09/19--in the wee-hours of the morning--that configuration no longer works.
I expect C1 to recognize C2 within the menu Device > Device List and provision it an IP address as configured.
What actually happens:
1. C2 is working as expected, deduced by the following facts:
- Network activity looks normal for C2 (Note #8) and all other rather complicated networking operations of C2 is working as expected;
- prior history of C2 is 100% solid working as expected ever since it was setup early last year w/ Comcast.
2. C1 only assigns an ip address to C2 at 3AM in the morning (Note #6); but to C3, on-demand.
1. I've been on the phone with support for ~ 3 hours. Compared to Comcast AT&T Support staff is fantastic. They take notes & are not afraid to pass the ball to a higher-tier support staffer although they seem to have no control over the router's firmware version.
2. I've found links to C1 firmware online. Both versions flashed successfully (the ONT cable needed to be unplugged to prevent AT&T from re-flashing the device with 1.8.18). Neither flashes fixed the issue.
3. I've tried three different cables (Cat6/7/7).
4. This C2 setup worked with Comcast for months and with AT&T for the past two weeks.
5. I've flashed the firmware on the Nighthawk starting with a fresh DD-WRT install to no avail.
6. At 3AM last night, it seems that C1 recognized C2 per the following entry under C1 menu Device > Device List:
|MAC Address||FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF (C2 MAC)|
|IPv4 Address / Name||69.xxx.xxx.xxx / passthrough (AT&T-provisioned IP)|
|Last Activity||Mon Feb 11 03:03:25 2019|
|Connection Type||Ethernet LAN-1|
This entry is backed up by packet metrics under C1 menu Home Network > Status:
LAN Ethernet Statistics
|Port 1||Port 2||Port 3||Port 4|
Normal NAT entries via Diagnostics > NAT Table for C2 are seen when C1 is apparently recognizing C2 overnight (i.e. italy / moscow ips *cough*126.96.36.199*cough* scanning for pbx-related vulnerabilities).
7. C1 is assigning C3 IP addresses, both public/private as expected. This points to C1 handling C2 and C3 different which I find interesting.
8. C2 graphs for the WAN eth0 interface are showing the following:
This looks like C2 is trying to get C1 to do something like give it an IP address.
C1 more or less acknowledges C2 by showing the C2-connected eth port as being "up"; but shows C2 in Device > Device List as status: off
9. I've tried a static ip setup on C2 with setting up C1 for manual passthrough to no avail.
10. I've tried the "Cascaded Router" setup (requires public dhcp to be off, non-optimal) to no avail.
11. Since I've started writing this post, Port 1 under C1 menu Home Network > Status reflects the C2 graphs in Note #8 with 7153 more packets received (457792 bytes). Last activity under Device > Device List for C2 remains to be Mon Feb 11 03:03:25 2019
Any advice/help from the community/AT&T would be greatly appreciated.
- Does anyone else seeing a similar issue with BGW210-700?
- Does anyone have a replacement suggestion for BGW210-700? Alternatives sound buggy as well (w/ passthrough) and slower.
- Might someone know of an online bug tracker for BGW210-700 firmware?
- Might someone know if anything related to this setup changed on BGW210 / AT&T infra the morning of 02/09/19?