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WAP4410N wireless traffic locks up even when running latest firmware update

I maintain multiple buildings, and each building has anywhere between 1 and 4 Cisco/Linksys WAP4410N access points. The problem is that at random intervals, the access points just stop sending and receiving wireless traffic. Every day or two, I have to log into every single access point (either via HTTPS or SSH) and reboot them in order for them to start working again.

In short, here are the config details:

  • They are all version 2 hardware (either WAP4410N-A V02 or WAP4410N-E V02).
  • They are running IPv4 (IPv6 is disabled) and get static IP addresses via DHCP.
  • When there are WAPs with overlapping signals, each WAP is on a different non-overlapping channel (1, 6, or 11).
  • Each WAP has two SSIDs (with spaces in their names). One is secured with WPA2. The other is unsecured.
  • There are two VLANs on the Ethernet interface. Each of the two SSIDs are assigned to a separate VLAN.
  • There is a DHCP server on the network, so the WAPs do not actually assign IP addresses to clients.
  • All of the WAPs are running on PoE switches. However, some are gigabit and some are 10/100 switches. Brands vary (Dell and Linksys) and models vary.

Cisco finally recognized this issue as:

CSCtx62203—In certain environments and traffic model, the WAP4410N may lockup after some undetermined time. Workaround: Reboot the device.

As such, the workaround didn’t really offer anything new. Rebooting every WAP ends up being a very time consuming process. It’s awful. And since you have no control over when this issue surfaces and can’t put any safeguards in place, I get calls about it at various points of the day almost every day.

Supposedly the most recent firmware update (2.0.6.1) claimed to fix the issue, but it only seemed to make it worse. So now instead of a WAP locking up every day or two, it locks up anywhere between every 15 minutes to 4 hours when in use.

The firmware was updated and the following issue was fixed in firmware version  2.0.6.1: CSCtx62203—In certain environments and traffic model, the WAP4410N may lockup after some undetermined time. (A protection mechanism was added to guard against sporadic problems with client association that could occur after six to 24 hours.)

As for troubleshooting, there are no error packets. On access points running firmware 2.0.6.1, these messages appear:

Feb  7 13:42:27 Syslogd start up

Feb  7 13:51:59 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 13:52:01 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 13:52:05 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

Feb  7 14:47:01 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 14:47:02 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 14:47:05 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

Feb  7 15:22:53 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 15:22:56 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

Feb  7 16:15:19 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 16:15:33 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

Feb  7 12:27:25 Syslogd start up

Feb  7 14:06:18 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 14:06:23 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

Feb  7 14:44:28 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 14:44:31 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

Feb  7 15:09:18 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 15:09:24 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

Feb  7 15:42:23 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 15:42:25 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

Feb  7 16:52:18 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 16:52:24 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

Feb  7 16:53:05 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 17:20:05 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 17:20:08 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

Feb  7 17:23:34 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 17:23:39 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

Feb  7 21:21:28 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  7 21:21:30 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

Feb  8 09:55:23 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

Feb  8 09:55:29 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

These log messages appear on both WAP4410N-A V02 and WAP4410N-E V02 devices.

I noticed that when the “beacon stuck” message appears, wireless traffic locked up 10-15 minutes prior to the message’s appearance in the log, and the SSID drops for 4-6 minutes after the message appears.

Is there anything that can be done to address the issue?

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Beginner

WAP4410N wireless traffic locks up even when running latest firm

I have same problem.

On access points WAP4410N-E V02 running firmware 2.0.6.1, these messages appear:

syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

When the “beacon stuck” message appears SSID  drops for 4-6 minutes after the message appears.

Beginner

WAP4410N wireless traffic locks up even when running latest firm

I'm having the same issue and I think it is ridiculous, this needs to be fixed.

My logs are showing:

May 13 05:37:05 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

May 13 05:37:06 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

May 13 05:37:07 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

May 13 05:37:08 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

May 13 05:37:09 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

May 13 05:37:10 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

May 13 05:37:11 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

May 13 05:37:28 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

May 13 05:37:30 kernel:  ath_bstuck_tasklet: stuck beacon; resetting (bmiss count 36)

May 13 05:37:39 syslog:  Found beacon stuck, down and up the VAP interface.

I've also tried different suggestions from the net like forcing the speed to 100Mbps and I'm also running the latest firmware 2.0.6.1

Can we get some help Cisco,  it's terribly annoying to reboot access points all the time...not to mention when you're right in the middle of something and your wireless connection drops.

Beginner

WAP4410N wireless traffic locks up even when running latest firm

I ended up calling Small Business Support a while back, and eventually got passed to someone in "Business Support Level 2 Escalations". After going through all the standard troubleshooting stuff (including a hard reset), the technican said it was a known issue and there were no more firmware updates planned for the WAP4400N to address the issue. Since the issue couldn't be fixed, I was offered a refund for the devices still under warranty. However, the refund process has taken 2 months so far, and it's probably going to be another 1-2 months before I actually see a refund check, even though I sent in the WAPs over a month ago.

In any case, I ended up going with Ubiquiti's Unifi-AP-Pro access points, which were about $250 each--slightly more expensive than what the WAP4410's were, but after using them for the past 2-3 months, they are certainly a superior product--they can handle more simultaneous users, have a larger coverage area, and are centrally managed with a free software tool. I'll probably never go with linksys/cisco again unless they really shape up in a drastic manner.

Cisco is no longer top-dog in the networking arena. There are now many options on the market at more reasonable prices.

Beginner

Re: WAP4410N wireless traffic locks up even when running latest

Hi ForceFlow

Can you PM me or post your call reference ID as I am having the same issue and it will save me the time and hassel of going through all the basic diagnostics with 1st line support.

Got 6 of these APs and its driving me crazy! I just need to return them and purchase something else

Thanks

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