WiFi (Rant Alert)



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  • Most routers let you bind a fixed IP address to a given MAC address. Perhaps your p.o.s. router can do that? Or you could install mDNS software in Windows to let you resolve the dynamic .local address.


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    I have a major rewrite of the WiFi firmware pending, which will include the option of a static IP address. We also have the Duet Ethernet coming out soon, which will be a Duet WiFi board with an Ethernet adapter instead of WiFi.



  • Yes its not perfect, but I installed a supplementary router in the room where I have my printers, its 5 feet from the machines, so they all get 5/5 signal and it assigns them each a static IP based on their MAC addresses, it cost £5. Ebay is your friend.

    Seriously it will be good when the system progresses to being able to assign static ips and if a wired module becomes available then it would be a nice addition, but its an easy workaround for now.



  • @CaLviNx

    Can you navigate to it with http://duetwifi.local? That works on my network without having to assign a static IP.



  • ^ if your router supports mDNS the above should work.



  • Could you use a std router in front of the 4G device so that it would allow you to hard code some stuff or even have it on a separate network purely to access the printer I am assuming that the 4G Device is connected via WiFi you could then connect a router to your ethernet port on the Computer and have a separate network that way?

    Just an idea

    Doug



  • I recently bought a router for work, a TPlink which has a usb port on the back so you can plug in a 4g dongle, and use it to supply WAN connectivity but you can then configure everything else properly from its control panel. We have to use the providers router to get our internet at work to function, but I just connected that to the WAN port on this TPlink router and then I can configure everything the way I want it.



  • The best way to set a static IP for the DUET is to modifiy your router to assign its MAC address a specific IP address. What is the model of router you are using?



  • TL/DR What model router do you have? Just because you can't do something doesn't mean it cant be done.


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    @CaLviNx:

    Is there any Ethernet modules that could be retrofitted to the footprint left by removing the ESP8266 ?

    That's how the Duet Ethernet is constructed. But we are still waiting for the pre-production PCBs to arrive. So the only option at present involves stripboard and soldering.



  • HI

    It's not going to help much.
    I initially tried to associate and connect my duet wifi to my old cisco aironet 1130 access point, it never worked while It was working with my android phone acting as an hotspot.
    Luckily it was possible for me to upgrade the access point to a newer one (a 1140) and It worked straight away
    Looks like the ESP8266 can be fussy.


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    @CaLviNx:

    @dc42:

    That's how the Duet Ethernet is constructed. But we are still waiting for the pre-production PCBs to arrive. So the only option at present involves stripboard and soldering.

    Thank you for the constructive input.

    I was thinking about using a ENC28J60 Ethernet module if it's possible, is there any firmware considerations seeing as the WiFi module keeps its own firmware onboard

    The prototype Duet Ethernet is using a Wiz850io module.

    If you are certain that a static IP address would solve the problem, I could do you a special build of DuetWiFiServer with a fixed IP address, if you tell me which one.



  • Why dont you list the router you are using?



  • @Qdeathstar:

    Why dont you list the router you are using?

    He already has. Why don't you read the post?



  • @CaLviNx:

    @Qdeathstar:

    TL/DR What model router do you have? Just because you can't do something doesn't mean it cant be done.

    Thank you for confirming my initial assertion

    @deckingman:

    @Qdeathstar:

    Why dont you list the router you are using?

    He already has. Why don't you read the post?

    Derp.

    The router is a Huawei 4g with a custom firmware on it that is stripped down so far as to only allow internet connectivity nothing else

    Uh….



  • Late to the party, but if you have an Android phone you can use the Fing app to find out the address of all the devices on your network



  • Alternatively, you could install Fing on your phone.

    That does a very good job of analyzing the network and finds all the IP addresses on your network including the ports available.



  • @CaLviNx:

    @LeonMF:

    @CaLviNx

    Can you navigate to it with http://duetwifi.local? That works on my network without having to assign a static IP.

    @elmoret:

    ^ if your router supports mDNS the above should work.

    Thanks for all the suggestions,

    I tried http://duetwifi.local address with NO success.

    The router is a Huawei 4g with a custom firmware on it that is stripped down so far as to only allow internet connectivity nothing else, and Its a term and condition of service that I use their router, I have tried the sim card in another 4g router but the sim card is pin locked and the end user doesn't get a copy of it, I have asked, even to the point of hard resetting the router and asking for it to be fixed, in that event they send an engineer who does it, i think the company wants to control usage via hardware.

    Im looking at Airfiber technology as an alternative.

    I will just have to plod on with it until such time as a static IP is able to be assigned or the wired version becomes available.

    try dropping the .local for my network it worked as:
    http://printername



  • I have not tried this but if i follow your issue correctly, no worries on the POS router, this can be done locally (on each machine you want to have access from)you can edit your local "hosts" file to map a net name to the mac address of the wifi board. from that point you can connect via net name instead of ip and your dns will resolve for you.


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