Tonight, no matter which way I connect my Maestro it has decided to stick to very poor connectivity. I can't ping the Maestro so I move on, I ping the radio at <1ms, I test network speed and my laptop is getting 124MBps and my desktop is seeing 225MBps. Latency and speed is awesome so I move on to wireless, my wifes little laptop hit 28MBps and <1ms.
Wireless is not polluted by surrounding AP's and every time I use the Maestro I see full signal everywhere in the house and using Ethernet has not been an issue.
Tonight it flat out refuses to go above 3 yellow bars but keeps dropping to 1 red one.
So knowing it's not the network and having removed the battery and power from the Maestro, then letting it sit, then powering it up with a reward of 1 red bar I begin with the network. I reboot each part and power on the Maestro to see if it improves beginning with my Ethernet switch, result, still one red bar.
Reboot the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk that has worked smoothly with the Maestro since I received the Maestro, result 1 red bar.
I let the Maestro run for a while I see 3 yellow bars and that's where it goes between, a few minutes at 1 red, then a few minutes at 3 yellow if I take it upstairs it stays at 1 red bar. My laptop sees 95% signal, low latency and forget using the Maestro.
It was a rough day at work today so I'm powering down the works and trying again tomorrow, it's like the crap at work followed me home and told the Maestro to be a pain as well.
Some days you're the windshield and some days you're the bug, today was a bug day.
Awesome network speed (dual NIC Windows 10 PC going through the switch to my dual NIC Server).
your mileage may vary but worked here.
So many times I've been told it is my router or my extender or my lack of static DHCP assignments or whatever. I'm told it is because of the high speed low latency streaming. Yet I believe all of that is really just a cop out for not really knowing what the problem is. The Flex doesn't even get a DHCP address properly.
The Flex (and from what I hear the Maestro) do not play well with others. A whole network redesign and repurchase should not be a requirement unless you are still running 10Base2 and your missing a terminators. So far Flex hasn't even been able to tell us exactly what specification we need to look for in new equipment. Just buy, try and return.
I stream music, participate in video conferences world wide, stream video from netflix and amazon, use voip all from my beat up old home network. Even gaming works flawlessly (unless I get killed - then I blame it on the network). I just can't use Flex. Because of the network?
Sorry. Old wounds. I know. The Elmers and old timers don't have these problems. I'll be looking for a Cisco ASR 9000 router on eBay. Maybe that will work.
Sorry for the late reply and the length of this post but I went through a few sessions of trying to get this thing back to where it was 2 days ago. I let the Maestro sit overnight unplugged and no battery. I just turned it on and it's still not a happy camper from the get go.
Kevin, I agree, I'm not sure why the Maestro is so suddenly finicky (it wasn't finicky pre 1.9.9 for me) when all other gear is perfectly happy. As I sit here typing, it's back to 1 red bar and staying there. Connectivity has not been an issue, perhaps something with 1.9.9?
I just ran tests on everything and all other devices are happy, full signal, ROKU 4 on the 2nd floor is running full signal, no weirdness just an awesome picture watching VUDU HDX (higher requirements than the Maestro and it gets everything over the Internet) movie for 10 minutes, no wavering of signal.
On Ethernet which is how it's connected right now the Maestro is showing 1 red bar, makes no sense. I'm not going to tear a network apart for one device suddenly acting funny, I turned off the R7000 and my switch, no change, it's as if something within the Maestro is causing an issue with however it connects, there is no excuse for Ethernet connectivity to be this wishy washy.
I've now been watching it, it will go full green for 10 seconds, then drop all the way to red, then 10 seconds later 3 yellow, then 10 seconds later all green. It's almost as if it's doing something in the Maestro causing an issue with its networking.
I just set a static IP for the Maestro, so now with static IP set the boot time is much longer, it crashed during boot up giving a Windows Explorer crash window and doesn't connect to the radio even though it's selected. Reboot again.
Ahhhhhh I see, it didn't save the mask setting, why wouldn't it save that?? Now I have to reset the radio?!? Why is the advanced setting grayed out?? Go for a quick walk and come back with a cooler head.
Ok, I unplugged the Ethernet cable, reboot Maestro, go into Network menu and the advanced option is now available, woot woot! No radio reset! I set it back to DHCP (seriously, why is this a big deal??) and rebooted, it sees the radio but the connect button is still grayed out when I select the radio. 30 seconds later the connect button appeared, I touched 8 times before it took. Finally I'm connected and can see a normal screen so I did another reboot to see if it can boot clean or not now.
By reboot I mean as far as it can be done on the Maestro, shut down, then power on. Power it on and It now connects directly to the radio and it's green, then red then yellow, rinse repeat. Since I'm a glutton for punishment I wait another 5 minutes.
Now I power down and insert the Ethernet cable, power it back up, it selects Ethernet and is back to being all over the map. So of course now I go power all network equipment down and start over. After all equipment is back online I begin my tests again, every device on the network be it Ethernet or WiFi is happy as a clam, except for the Maestro.
Power everything back on, wait a few minutes, power on the Maestro and I may as well be connecting from dial up.
I have better results from my iPad on VPN than I do with the Maestro on Ethernet right now. Considering how well it was working up until Tuesday this makes no sense, the only change has been an upgrade in software to 1.9.9.
I use excellent quality Cat5e cables, the same ones connect everything, a high quality Gigabit Switch. No other wired equipment is on right now save for my server which is idle/bored and my PC. I have used the Maestro when extended family is over and the signal strength never wavered and everybody brought laptops, tablets and of course phones.
I have to go to a clients office right now. I'll bring the laptop and use the Flex via VPN, I have a feeling it will work fine that way. I'll call support tomorrow.
This may not be the root of the issue you are experiencing, but if nothing else, it could help you improve your overall WiFi performance at your home.
This is what I replied to Tim with tonight.
I made no changes to the network or equipment since I powered down last night.
I got home about an hour ago. I plugged the power into the Maestro along with the Ethernet cable ready to change versions when the radio booted to the version screen. I selected 1.9.9 even though it didn't say required, it took 3 taps to get "Run" to take, it quickly went through what looked to be like a faster install. About 20 seconds later it was fully up, it didn't do anything with the radio that I could see.
In the time it has been up (about an hour or a tad less), 0 dropped packets out of 886000 Network Status: Excellent with no change at all over the time period. Latency 1ms, max 1ms.
I figure what the heck, why not power it down and see how it comes back up this time on WiFi. On the power up since the Ethernet cable is unplugged I guess it booted to the "Select Radio" screen, I selected my radio, the version screen came up, I selected 1.9.9 and "Run" and we're off to the races.
Solid green signal while writing this email (maybe 15 minutes). 2 dropped packets out of 115600, Latency 1ms Max 3ms.
I guess case closed unless something else crops up, I ran my other tests for latency and performance and the network tests the same, very fast, which it always does.
I'll keep track of how clicking connect and run performs, usually it was available to select right away, now it seems to take a few seconds before I can tap them.