Using The ZyXEL WAP3205 Wireless Bridge With Airport

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I recently bought a ZyXEL WAP3205 so that I could connect a TiVo series 1 to my wireless network. Now that every thing is working I’m very happy with this device. Getting things up and going wasn’t as simple as I hoped it would be so I wanted to add what I’ve learned about the process.

Configuring the WAP3205 in client mode would have been super easy except for one thing. I had forgotten about the Norton Firewall software that I had installed a few months ago. The firewall was detecting ARP cache poisoning and keeping the WAP3205 from communicating with my Airport Extreme. Once I disabled ARP cache poisoning on the firewall everything worked as it should.

Configuring the WAP3205 to operate in Universal Repeater mode was a bit trickier. It turns out that in order to get it to join the Airport network I had to turn off auto channel selection on the Airport base station and then go to the General tab and set the WAP3205 to use the same channel number that the Airport base station was using.

The documentation is the worst thing about the device but once you get it set up and going it’s pretty amazing how well it works. Especially for something so inexpensive.

4/3/10- Well crap. I’ve run into a strange problem where the wireless connection on my laptop stops working roughly every hour. It’s not the ZyXEL because turning airport off on the laptop and back on gets me up and going. This led me to believe that it had something to do with the group key time out setting but so far that hasn’t fixed things. I’ll be calling ZyXEL on Monday to see if we can figure this out.

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