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I have been running 2 Linksys routers with DD-WRT installed in two different resturants for public WiFi for the last 3 or 4 months now, and some customers have brought it to my attention that Macbooks will not connect to the networks at either location. At first I thought it was just some Mac noob complaing, but then I heard about it from several other customers.

Both of the routers are the Linksys WRT54G-TM Tmobile versions. The DDWRT I beleive is the 10/09 mega version but I could be mistaken as I do not have them in front of me.

Besides these Macs having problems, they have been running great with no problems. I don't have any crazy settins in place on either router, just your basic security stuff locked up.

I have Googled around for similar problem and I can find a few things here and there about people having similar issues, but never any full explanations or solutions.

Anyone got any ideas? I actually kinda like sticking it to the Mac hippies but I really need to get it sorted out Any help would be much appreciated!
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This is interesting... I wanna see where this thread goes...

If you dont find a solution will your company get new routers?
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My 2006 MacBook Pro would not connect to our Linksys router until I updated it to the latest firmware. Have you tried that yet?
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rubicsphere View Post
My 2006 MacBook Pro would not connect to our Linksys router until I updated it to the latest firmware. Have you tried that yet?
You mean upgrading the router firmware? thats what DDWRT is - a custom firmware
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I used DDWRT on my linksys router and never had a problem connecting my macbook. It also connects to friends routers that use DDWRT... never had an issue.

Do you know if the hosts are able to get an IP address from the router or not?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by selectstriker2 View Post
You mean upgrading the router firmware? thats what DDWRT is - a custom firmware
There many different builds of the DD-WRT firmware, upgrading to a newer build could help. He already said he's using a build from 10/09.
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Thanks for the replies guys. Not sure if they are pulling IP address or not as I have not seen it first hand, just getting complaints after the fact. And I cant personally test it because I don't have a Mac. All windows machine can connect no problem. Was kinda hoping to stumble accross a known issue or something.

The only this I noticed personally is that my Android phone (evo w/2.2) would not connect via WiFi to the same routers, but works fine everywhere else. Wasn't to concerned about it before but I wonder if is a related issue...

I got a friend with a Mac, I will send him down there and see if he notices anything out of the ordinary. I might also try some new firmware, but wont be able to until after the NCAA tournament (both resturants are sports bars). I will probably get a fresh batch of complaints from Mac hippies trying to connect to work on their brackets, so I may learn a little more
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post #8 of 24
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Xazen View Post
I used DDWRT on my linksys router and never had a problem connecting my macbook. It also connects to friends routers that use DDWRT... never had an issue.

Do you know if the hosts are able to get an IP address from the router or not?
Do you know what version of DDWRT you are using? Thanks!
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Question: How many wifi clients are allowed to concurrently connect to the wifi router at a time? Are they able to obtain a dhcp address from the router?
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I want to understand something. What exactly do you mean by not connect? Meaning, when it tries to connect it just fails? Does the macbook report any problems? I personally do not use Mac, but I've had friends connect with their Macs, and I have used Windows and Linux (many different distros) and haven't had one problem. When I get home I can give you my firmware. Remember to read the peacock thread (in the dd-wrt forums) since it has a lot of valuable information regarding releases. Also, try posting a thread there and see what you come up with.
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