| | 12-20-2012, 08:17 AM Thread Author #31
The connection (as seen through a DW1530 Wireless-n WLAN Half-Mini card in a Dell laptop, BSS Mode as 802.11n), shows as 802.11g. IPv4 internet connectivity with no IPv6 access. Media state enabled. 54.0Mbps. 'Excellent' signal strength from my current location. A lease seems to be obtained daily with an 8 hour expiration period.
My latest plan had been to disable the 9810's WiFi and not even allow it to communicate with work since it's been suggested that cross-corruption may be occuring. After another security wipe, I'm back to a situation where this side of the building rejects my associations while the other side accepts without issue. I'm sure that will degrade over time again.
So we see that the Playbook will accept a connection to the network. Eventually, this connection will falter and stop working. This is a phenomena I have only seen with the WEP encrypted network at my office. The last channel to acheive a connection was 7, though I can't say that's a standard across all nodes in the building. The nodes/router closest to me at the moment might be using a different channel. I might even be seeing competing channels, I can't tell at the moment.
I have to say... if the Playbook would reject the network immediately and never allow access, I'd understand. But it doesn't. It allows for a connection that will eventually degrade over a period ranging from days to weeks. Initially it's a failed association, which eventually becomes a total failure to communicate with the WEP network entirely. That failure will occur on individual node sets (as seen by my inability to connect from this location, but being able to connect elsewhere).
That has to be the strangest part. The association dies at this location, but lives at another. Same network, same encryption, just a different set of nodes and possibly a different router. Overuse of that set will eventually cause failure as well.
I'd also expect other devices to have this issue. But no. Nooks, Kindles and other Android devices are fine. Laptops are fine. This Playbook/Phone combo... spotty and random with an inevitable and depressing conclusion.
We can go ahead and blame the shoddy WiFi settings being used, but that doesn't change the fact that only BlackBerry has an inconsistant problem with it.