36 Replies Latest reply on Apr 7, 2012 4:36 PM by njbookworm

    List of working routers and setup

      With all the threads regarding wifi issues, thought maybe a thread about which routers are explicitly working well with the Nook Color may be helpful to some who are trying to troubleshoot and/or shopping for a router.

       

      If adding info, please include at a minimum, the brand, model, firmware version, and encryption method you're using. You can find all this info in your router settings. And if someone else has already listed the router you're using, please add your info anyway as it helps to confirm other people's successes.

       

      Also, it'd be great if this thread could be kept clean of any personal questions/issues, but obviously I'm not a mod so do whatever you want. lol.

       

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      Model/Brand: Linksys WRT54G

      Firmware: v8.00.2

      Encryption: WPA2-Personal [AES]

      Other info: G-only (2.4GHz) wireless mode, SSID broadcast on, MAC filtering off, DHCP server mode on, MTU auto, DMZ/DDNS/port forwarding on (if you're not running a Web server, just leave these off)

      Remarks: Nook Color had no wifi issues with either 1.0.0 or 1.0.1

        • Re: List of working routers and setup
          mbratch

          Great idea!

           

          Model/Brand: D-Link WBR-2310

          Firmware: v1.05

          Encryption: WEP Basic 128-bit

          Other info: 

          Auto channel scan enabled.

          "Super G Mode" enabled, set to "Super G without Turbo" (whatever that means)

          SSID broadcast is on

          DHCP server mode is on, lease time is 180 minutes

          MAC filtering off

          Universal Plug-n-Play (UPnP) enabled

          Port forwarding is on

          Remarks: Nook Color had no wifi issues with either 1.0.0 or 1.0.1; The NC turns off the wireless when it goes to sleep and has to reconnect itself after waking up. The reconnect process takes about a minute. I don't recall if this behavior existed in 1.0.0 however.

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              Model/Brand: LinkSys WRT54GL

              Firmware: v4.30.13

              Wireless Network Mode: Mixed (B & G)

              SSID Broadcast: Enabled

              Encryption: WEP 64-bit (yeah, I know...I don't care. Where I live, I'll see them out there with a Pringles can)

              SES: Inactive

              MAC Filter: Disabled

              Other info: This is with NC firmware v1.0.0...still waiting to see when the new version automagically downloads.  :smileyvery-happy:

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               Router name:Westell

               Model 7500 model # A90-750014-07

               Encryption: WPA TKIP

               Firmware: Not sure cannot seem to find it listed??

               Remarks: Nook Color will NOT connect to this router but all my other devices work perfectly.  MAC filtering is disabled and my password is correct.

               

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                Model/Brand: AT&T Uverse Residential Gateway, aka 2Wire 3800 HGV-B

                Hardware Version : 2700-100531-006

                Software Version: 6.1.9.24-enh.tm

                Security: WPA-PSK (TKIP) (THIS IS THE DEFAULT FOR DEVICE)

                Other info: This is the standard router supplied to all AT&T Uverse customers.  You can't mickey with the software/firmware...controlled by AT&T. All settings are default...which equals SSID broadcast enabled, WPA-PSK (TKIP) for security enabled and Mac Filtering DISabled. 

                Remarks: Nook Color will connect, obtain IP address and gain access to Internet upon initial connection.  Thereafter, there is a 50/50 chance that once the NC goes into sleep mode, it will lose the ability to connect to the router at all until/unless the ROUTER is completely rebooted.  Rebooting the NC, forcing it to forget the WiFi access point, etc....none of this will restore connectivity.  Only a hard reset of the router works.  NC otherwise works fine at Starbucks WiFi, B&N WiFi and with Verizon Wireless Mobile MiFi hotspot.  Likewise, the Uverse/2Wire router works fine with over 25 different WiFi devices in the house OTHER than the NC.  The problem lies somewhere between the two devices as both appear ot function normally otherwise....just not with one another.

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                    Sonofagun - I got my wifi to work!  I've got an AT&T Uverse 2Wire and had the same problem.  The NC Initially worked, then nada.  Dove into the forum to find help.  After much searching found a key bit of info from a helpful poster.  Go into the router settings for the 2Wire and change the security from the default WPA-PSK (TKIP) which the NC does not support, to the alternate WPA2-PSK (AES).  The contributor below says you can't "mickey" with the default settings done by AT&T, but not so.  Get the IP address from the sticker on the back of the unit.  After switching to WPA2-PSK the Nook instantly connected.  I then checked all other household wifi devices to make sure all were still connecting as well.  Good to go, thank god.  Enjoy.

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                        chibres wrote:

                        Sonofagun - I got my wifi to work!  I've got an AT&T Uverse 2Wire and had the same problem.  The NC Initially worked, then nada.  Dove into the forum to find help.  After much searching found a key bit of info from a helpful poster.  Go into the router settings for the 2Wire and change the security from the default WPA-PSK (TKIP) which the NC does not support, to the alternate WPA2-PSK (AES).  The contributor below says you can't "mickey" with the default settings done by AT&T, but not so.  Get the IP address from the sticker on the back of the unit.  After switching to WPA2-PSK the Nook instantly connected.  I then checked all other household wifi devices to make sure all were still connecting as well.  Good to go, thank god.  Enjoy.


                         

                        You might want to re-read what I wrote.  I said, and still affirm, that you can't 'mickey' with your Uverse/2Wire Firmware/Software.  You do that, dead Uverse/2Wire router for Uverse services. 

                         

                        All you did was play with your 2Wire's configuration for WiFi.  That's fine.  I have tried mine on both AES and TKIP.  In both cases, I can get the Nook Color to connect for days at a time.  Then it will just lose signal and refuse to connect no matter what you do...until you reboot the Uverse/2Wire router.

                         

                        Its FUBAR'd.  There is no reason why the NC/Uverse-2Wire combo shouldn't work.  It does sometimes (as I stated and still state).  It works fine with either TKIP or AES encryption settings for WiFi.  Again....for periods of time.  But it will go kaput at some point and force a reboot.

                         

                        Just learn to live with it. 

                         

                        BTW, I'm posting this from my Nook Color connected to my Uverse/2Wire via TKIP.  It works...until it doesn't.  Your AES mode will also work...until it too doesn't.

                    • Re: List of working routers and setup

                      Netgear WNR3500L

                      WPA2-PSK [AES]

                      SSID on

                      Firmware V1.2.2.30_34.0.37NA

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                          Gtriever

                          Not a router, but a Wireless Access Point:

                           

                          Netgear WG602 v2

                           

                          Firmware: 3.2rc6

                           

                          SSID: Broadcast

                           

                          Encryption:  WPA-PSK

                           

                          Mode:  g and b (802.11b/g)

                           

                          Data Rate:  Best

                           

                          Wireless Bridging:  Access Point

                           

                          All other settings (except for Username, Password, and Password Phrase) are factory default.

                        • Re: List of working routers and setup

                          I have had success with 3 wireless routers:  my main NetGear WNDR3700, my travel modem Apple Airport Express, and my old Linksys WRT54GS that I retired a year ago.  Here are the settings:

                           

                          Model/Brand: NetGear N300 + 300, RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N, WNDR3700

                          Firmware: V1.0.4.68NA

                          Encryption: WPA-Personal PSK [TKIP]

                          Other info: b, g, n (2.4GHz) wireless mode, Data rate - 300mbps upper limit, SSID broadcast on, MAC filtering on, DHCP server mode on, MTU 1500, DMZ/DDNS/port forwarding off

                          Remarks: Nook Color had no WiFi issues with either 1.0.0 or 1.0.1 NC shows 65 mbps rate; NetGear router shows n protocol being used.

                          NOTE: If SSID broadcast is turned OFF, NC does not connect.

                           

                          Model/Brand: Apple AirPort Express

                          Firmware: v 6.3

                          Encryption: WPA/WPA2-Personal

                          Other info: b, g, (2.4GHz) wireless mode, SSID broadcast on, MAC filtering on, DHCP server mode on

                          Remarks: Nook Color had no wifi issues with either 1.0.0 or 1.0.1.

                          NOTE: If SSID broadcast is turned OFF, NC does not connect.

                           

                          Model/Brand: LinkSys WRT54GS Router With Speedbooster V1.0

                          Firmware: v 4.71.1

                          Encryption: WPA-PSK (personal)

                          Other info: b,g (2.4GHz) wireless mode, SSID broadcast on, MAC filtering off, DHCP server mode on, MTU auto, DMZ/DDNS/port forwarding off

                          Remarks: Nook Color had no wifi issues with 1.0.1 (did not try with 1.0)

                          NOTE: If SSID broadcast is turned OFF, NC does not connect.

                           

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                            Model/Brand: 3800HGV-B

                            Firmware: 6.1.9.24-enh.tm

                            Encryption: WPA2-PSK AES

                            Other info: SSID broadcast on, 802.11b/g (mixed mode), power setting 10

                            Remarks: Nook and Nook Color both connect and stay connected. Nook is v1.5 and NC is 1.0.1

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                              I have Nook 3G/Wifi and I'm can't connect to my router.  I'm afraid if I change the settings in the router my Laptop won't be able to connect?  Any thoughts on that?

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                                  phoneboy
                                  If you are comfortable with changing wifi settings on your lap top you should be ok. Write down router settings d4 you change anything in case you have to go back. If your not comfortable maybe ask a friend that is to help. Lots of info on these boards try searching Wifi and browse. You c also list your route here. Maybe someonee has already done the setup and can help. Try and be patient. Wen you get it connected you will be smilin er to ear. :smileyhappy:
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                                      I have tried every possible suggestion made in these threads. I FINALLY got an internet connection by changing these 2 setting on my NetGear router. Changed the Mode to "up to 54 mbps" and changed Security Options to "WPA2-PSK [AES]" Honestly I don't know enough about routers to know what these settings will change, but there you have it. The NC should have come with a WARNING................Wireless probably WON'T work with routers older than 6 months. Hoping B&N come up with a patch allowing it to work with ALL routers.
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                                          My router is 2-3 years old, and my NC latched on to it, first try.  

                                           

                                          Old firmware, too.   :smileyvery-happy:

                                           

                                           

                                           

                                          • Re: List of working routers and setup
                                            gandalf1369

                                             


                                            sg3594 wrote:
                                            . . .  The NC should have come with a WARNING................Wireless probably WON'T work with routers older than 6 months. Hoping B&N come up with a patch allowing it to work with ALL routers.

                                             

                                            My NookColor connects just fine to my router and wireless access point and both are at least 4 years old.  I really think most of the problems with connecting wirelessly with the NookColor (and the nook classic) are simply due to a lot of people not understanding wi-fi and the various settings for security and connectivity.

                                             

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                                              sandie52

                                              sg3594 wrote:
                                              The NC should have come with a WARNING................Wireless probably WON'T work with routers older than 6 months. Hoping B&N come up with a patch allowing it to work with ALL routers.

                                              not true.  My Belkin is at least 3 years old. I don't have the exact model but it's a wireless n router. I use WEP security because my laptop is so old that's all that will work. I have absolutely no problems with my NC, my Blu-Ray player or my Samsung Smart TV all connecting to my WIFI network.

                                               

                                              And at work my WIFI access point is more like 5 years old and I don't have any problems connecting to that either.

                                               

                                               

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                                                  Nallia

                                                   


                                                  sandie52 wrote:

                                                  sg3594 wrote:
                                                  The NC should have come with a WARNING................Wireless probably WON'T work with routers older than 6 months. Hoping B&N come up with a patch allowing it to work with ALL routers.

                                                  not true.  My Belkin is at least 3 years old. I don't have the exact model but it's a wireless n router. I use WEP security because my laptop is so old that's all that will work. I have absolutely no problems with my NC, my Blu-Ray player or my Samsung Smart TV all connecting to my WIFI network.

                                                   

                                                  And at work my WIFI access point is more like 5 years old and I don't have any problems connecting to that either.

                                                   

                                                   


                                                  My three+ year old NetGear Rangemax router worked just fine with my NC.  :smileyhappy:

                                                   

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                                            Great idea on the thread.  My info is:

                                             

                                            Model/Brand: Linksys WRT54GS

                                            Firmware: v6.1.52

                                            Encryption: WPA2-Personal [AES]

                                            Other info: G (2.4GHz) wireless mode

                                            SSID broadcast on

                                            MAC filtering on

                                            DHCP server mode on

                                             

                                            Remarks:  I used to disable SSID broadcast in the past, but enabled it when my NC would not connect to my network while manually inputting my WiFi info.  Enabled SSID broadcast and connected with no issues.  I then disabled broadcast and couldn't connect, even after my NC had my network info stored.  I've tried disabling and enabling SSID broadcast several times.  Each time I disable, no connection.  I re-enable and connect just fine. Go figure.

                                             

                                            I know the point of this thread is to list routers that work, so I apologize in advance.  If anyone has info as to why disabling SSID broadcast doesn't work (or can point me to a thread), I'd appreciate it.  Would prefer not to broadcast if I can get this to work.  Otherwise, not a big deal.  Thanks.

                                             

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                                                I played around with the settings in my wrt160N linksys router until I could connect. I think all that I did that actually worked was to change the channels from 'auto' to one specific channel. in the router setup web page that is under wireless--basic wireless settings--standard channel. I used channel 8.

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                                                  njbookworm

                                                  I have the Verizon Actiontec router/modem.  I also have to enable SSID to connect.  I haven't seen any solution to this.  I previously used a separate DSL modem and Linksys router and had no issue.  Because I was having connection problems (old modem) Verizon sent me a replacement combination router/modem.  Have had the problem ever since.  Hopefully there is a solution out there . .

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                                                  Model/Brand: Cisco Valet 2010

                                                  Model: M10

                                                  Wireless N-router

                                                  Firmware: 2.0.03 Build 4

                                                  Software Version 1.3.11069.2

                                                  Connection Type: DHCP

                                                  SSID Broadcast enabled

                                                  WPA2/WPA mixed mode

                                                  Mac Filtering Disabled

                                                   

                                                  Bought this last year when I replaced my laptop.  Came highly recommended especially for the non techy savvy.  Of note, on the box under min sys requiements: Max performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specs.  Occasionally had some connection issues in general, which would force me to reboot, but changed some of the settings with cisco CS and ok now.  Also, with new purchase you get free CS for one year.  There are some language barriers at times, however, if your patient, their quite good at what they do and usually solve the problem.

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                                                      1katie wrote:

                                                      Model/Brand: Cisco Valet 2010

                                                      Model: M10

                                                      Wireless N-router

                                                      Firmware: 2.0.03 Build 4

                                                      Software Version 1.3.11069.2

                                                      Connection Type: DHCP

                                                      SSID Broadcast enabled

                                                      WPA2/WPA mixed mode

                                                      Mac Filtering Disabled

                                                       

                                                      Bought this last year when I replaced my laptop.  Came highly recommended especially for the non techy savvy.  Of note, on the box under min sys requiements: Max performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specs.  Occasionally had some connection issues in general, which would force me to reboot, but changed some of the settings with cisco CS and ok now.  Also, with new purchase you get free CS for one year.  There are some language barriers at times, however, if your patient, their quite good at what they do and usually solve the problem.


                                                      Oops.  So no major problems, but have noted that sometimes you get an error message, but you just have to reload the page. 

                                                    • Re: List of working routers and setup

                                                      Addendum to my previous post.

                                                       

                                                      My sprint wireless hotspot (phone) set up for WPA (TKIP) and absolutely no problems.  No other info available as far as other settings.  Would probably have to call sprint for that info.  I believe another use said that WPA (TKIP) not supported by NC, but I have no problems

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                                                        Medialink's beaut of a router works like a charm for me:

                                                         

                                                        http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044YU60M/

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                                                          Model/Brand: Linksys WRT54G

                                                          Firmware: v1.02.8

                                                          Encryption: WEP 64 bit

                                                          Other info: G-only (2.4GHz) wireless mode, SSID broadcast on

                                                          Remarks: This is a 5 year old router.  No connectivity problems with NC 1.1.0 or 1.2.0.  Did have a problem with slow downloads at times, not only with nook but also with computer and other devices ... fixed by upgrading to latest firmware for this HW version.


                                                           

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                                                            I might have found something while attempting to figure out why my CN will not connect to my router suddenly after this latest patch of 1.2 I beleive. When I look upon my DHCP list on router I notice an entry android- [and a series of numbers and NON-ASCII characters]. I cross referenced the MAC id associated with this non-compliant hostname and it is in fact my ColorNook. While my CN continually states it is obtaining ip address the router is assigning one but they fail on this crazy hostname. Could we by chance fix that problem? I would prefer to be able to edit the hostname myself on the device.

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                                                              After much faffing about, I discovered I had a working setting for my router all along:

                                                               

                                                              Linksys WRT350N

                                                              Firmware v1.04.4

                                                               

                                                              Basic Wireless Settings
                                                               Wireless Configuration: Manual
                                                               Network Mode: Mixed
                                                               Radio Band: Auto
                                                               Wide Channel: Auto
                                                               Standard Channel: Auto
                                                               SSID Broadcast: Enabled
                                                               
                                                              Wireless Security
                                                               Security Mode: WPA2 Personal
                                                               Encryption: TKIP or AES
                                                               Key Renewal: 3600 seconds

                                                              Wireless MAC Filter
                                                               Disabled (B&N support suggested I enable this; I didn't find it necessary)

                                                              Advanced Wireless
                                                               All settings as defaults

                                                              I do wish that B&N tech support wouldn't suggest the hard reset, as it wipes everything and leaves you with a brick until you can get the wireless set up. Since no-one can prove that I was entering my wireless password correctly or incorrectly, I suggest they add a couple of lines to the support script:

                                                              • are you sure the wireless password is correct?
                                                              • are you sure the wireless password is correct?

                                                              :smileywink:

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                                                                Model: Netgear DGN1000 (modem/router)

                                                                Updated firmware

                                                                Deleted spaces/charcters from SSID name

                                                                Set encryption to WPA-Personal (AES)

                                                                Changed mode to b or g