Pistar on Raspberry Pi 4

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Re: Pistar on Raspberry Pi 4

Post by KE7FNS » Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:50 pm

KE0FHS wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:24 pm
Okay, first I'm going to try turning off Band Steering to see if that makes a difference. I can't find a setting to combine the two band's SSIDs.
Its labeled

Separate Wi-Fi SSID

Its disabled by default, meaning that you are already combining both bands, so you only see one SSID and devices can use either band as they wish. Like if 5 Ghz starts to gets bad, it'll jump down to 2.4 automatically. So that coupled with the band steering might be pushing you on to 5 Ghz without you even realizing it.

With that on, you will enter two SSID's like "Toshens-Network-2.4Ghz" and "Toshens-Network-5Ghz". Then if you leave that band steering on, you'd physically see the SSID change if the devices ever decided to switch.
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Re: Pistar on Raspberry Pi 4

Post by KE0FHS » Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:51 pm

Okay, with Band Steering turned off and Pi-Star set to use 5.0 GHz band, it took two power ups the first time. Will keep playing around with this for the next day or so to see if a pattern solidifies.

UPDATE: Tried once more with Band Steering turned off and Pi-Star set to use 5.0 GHz band: took three power ups. AP didn't work on the first two attempts. Switched back to 2.4 GHz band, and it connected first try.
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Re: Pistar on Raspberry Pi 4

Post by KE0FHS » Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:53 pm

KE7FNS wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:50 pm
Separate Wi-Fi SSID
I've looked everywhere in the AmpliFi app and have not found an option with that label. Maybe that's one of the differences with the Gaming version of this router? Either that or I'm just not seeing something right in front of my eys.
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Re: Pistar on Raspberry Pi 4

Post by KE7FNS » Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:55 pm

KE0FHS wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:53 pm
I've looked everywhere in the AmpliFi app and have not found an option with that label. Maybe that's one of the differences with the Gaming version of this router? Either that or I'm just not seeing something right in front of my eys.
I saw it in the manual for the non gaming router. Give me a few minutes and I'll look it up again and find the page where its listed.
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Re: Pistar on Raspberry Pi 4

Post by KE7FNS » Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:58 pm

Page 23 in the manual.

On the wireless settings configuration.

Its 2 down from "Band Steering"
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Re: Pistar on Raspberry Pi 4

Post by KE0FHS » Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:17 pm

KE7FNS wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:58 pm
Page 23 in the manual.

On the wireless settings configuration.

Its 2 down from "Band Steering"
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EDIT: Advanced shows the option ("Automatic" on/off) and bandwidth for the bands.
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Re: Pistar on Raspberry Pi 4

Post by KE7FNS » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:15 pm

KE0FHS wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:17 pm
EDIT: Advanced shows the option ("Automatic" on/off) and bandwidth for the bands.
Well thats silly.

Does it show it in the user manual that your router came with?

This is the manual I was looking at, so I'm wondering if they added that feature in the latest firmware and rewrote the manual. I guess its possible they removed it too. I really don't know.

https://amplifi.com/docs/AmpliFi_UG.pdf

Sorry for sending ya on that wild goose chase.
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Re: Pistar on Raspberry Pi 4

Post by KE0FHS » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:09 am

KE7FNS wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:15 pm
Sorry for sending ya on that wild goose chase.
I really appreciate all your suggestions and help. It seems like your suggestion to turn off Band Steering has already made my life much better, as I'm no longer having issues with my RPi 4B+ based hotspot connecting to my wireless network when it's on 2.4 GHz. So I'm just going to steer clear of 5.0 GHz for the time being.

I installed the latest firmware update for the AmpliFi, so it appears that the manual is a bit outdated. Not the first thing that has disappointed me with Ubiquiti. Ah well, you never know until you try something.
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Re: Pistar on Raspberry Pi 4

Post by KE7FNS » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:42 am

KE0FHS wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:09 am
I really appreciate all your suggestions and help. It seems like your suggestion to turn off Band Steering has already made my life much better, as I'm no longer having issues with my RPi 4B+ based hotspot connecting to my wireless network when it's on 2.4 GHz. So I'm just going to steer clear of 5.0 GHz for the time being.
I'm glad it helped.
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Re: Pistar on Raspberry Pi 4

Post by KE0FHS » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:40 pm

Hmm, this is interesting: viewtopic.php?f=40&t=1954
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