I bought an Asus EA-N66 that I want to use in repeater mode to extend the range of my 2.4 GHz wireless network. The setup guide allowed me to associate it to the correct SSID without a hitch, and I configured it (as per Asus' instructions) with a different SSID (but the same network passphrase) to be able to select one of the two networks depending on which one provides the best signal strength.
However, I can't seem to get Debian Wheezy to associate with the EA-N66.
iwlist scan shows it being there, along with my non-repeated wireless network. With the following in
/etc/network/interfaces, the system connects to the regular wireless network:
auto wlan3 iface wlan3 inet dhcp wpa-psk <long hex string> wpa-ssid MySSID wpa-proto RSN
However, if I change it to the following
auto wlan3 iface wlan3 inet dhcp wpa-psk <same long hex string> wpa-ssid MyRepeaterSSID wpa-proto RSN
then it doesn't seem to want to associate when I do
/etc/init.d/network stop followed by
start (indicated by not receiving any DHCP replies). Digging around I came across a wireless security how-to on UbuntuForums, which has some specific suggestions. Based on it, instead I tried:
auto wlan3 iface wlan3 inet dhcp wpa-psk <still same long hex string> wpa-ssid MyRepeaterSSID wpa-proto RSN WPA wpa-pairwise CCIP TKIP wpa-group CCIP TKIP wpa-key-mgmt WPA-PSK wpa-ap-scan 1
but the system still doesn't seem to want to associate (still no DHCP replies).
What further settings do I need to change? How do I make use of the EA-N66 in repeater mode with Debian Wheezy? Preferably with a minimum of changes between the regular and the repeated networks while still able to actively pick one over the other.
Just in case it matters, the network card is an Atheros AR9287-based TP-LINK TL-WN881ND, run by the
ath9k kernel module.