TurboFroggy
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Re: Wireless connection

Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:15 pm

I have the latest firmware, L2R.1.3A.

I could not get the built in wireless to connect reguardless of my settings. Here is all what i tried:

Disabled wireless encryption entirely
Disabled firewall connection on my Belkin
DHCP IP address
Static IP address
Changed the channel
Checked the antenna connection inside the unit (it was connected).
Power cycled the unit.

Was on the phone with support for 2 hours trying various things to no avail.

Finally gave up on the internal wireless, went to Walmart and got a NetGear WNCE2001 "Universal Wireless Adapter", $59, hooked that up. Got it working in less than 5 minutes with full WPA2 encryption, zero issues.

There is a nice dimple in the top of the case of the Blink where the network and power cable for the Netgear can be routed. I was able to route all the cabling inside the unit so the wires are all hidden.

My advice is that if you cannot get the wireless to work, get one of these Netgear WNCE2001s. They are tiny, setup was simple and worked the first time. Figure the DOE gave you a $2000 EVSE installed for free, I can certainly afford to spend the $59 to get a reliable wireless connection... :)
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Re: Wireless connection

Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:16 pm

One Blink install here in Portland noticed a coax cable disconnected inside of his Blink before the technician mounted it to the wall. I'm not sure if it was for the cellular modem or wifi modem, but it was definitely disconnected:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1665941853122&set=a.1665941413111.2080302.1374568785&theater&pid=31401361&id=1374568785
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Re: Wireless connection

Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:28 pm

my Blink went in today and no wireless connection is working. There was brief time when it caught but did not hold. Even then, it did not finish the connection sufficiently to download the new firmware.
EVProject agreed to fund the hardwire ethernet. This happened with brand new motorola sufboard 6120 and cisco e3000.
I could stand next to the Blink with my MacPro and the Blink didnt see more than once any of the six wireless connections I could catch all the time.
We tried manually entering my network, and it didnt work.
HT to Ecotality for agreeing to fund the hard-wiring.

The unit and the installer said it would charge, but just not transmit to Ecotality. I dont know if that is true, as the car is still more than a week away.
It sure looks pretty.
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leafnode
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Re: Wireless connection

Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:51 pm

L2R.1.3A

After countless attempts to setup wifi connection (hours & hours of failed wifi test), I decide to try the "setup wifi manually" option. In this wizard it asks for your security type (Open, WEP, WPA, WPA2, etc.), and after selecting, I successfully connected! Seems like the auto option was using incorrect encryption type for my router.

Net - if you're having difficulties using the wifi setup wizard, try the manual setup option.
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Re: Wireless connection

Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:59 pm

leafnode wrote:L2R.1.3A

After countless attempts to setup wifi connection (hours & hours of failed wifi test), I decide to try the "setup wifi manually" option. In this wizard it asks for your security type (Open, WEP, WPA, WPA2, etc.), and after selecting, I successfully connected! Seems like the auto option was using incorrect encryption type for my router.

Net - if you're having difficulties using the wifi setup wizard, try the manual setup option.
hahaha
not so simple here.
what was your selection?
my real one-- wpa2- didnt help.
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Re: Wireless connection

Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:15 am

I also had issues with my Blink connecting to my wireless network. The installer called support and they couldn't help. I ended up switching my network from WEP to WPA2, something I've been putting off for a long time, and the Blink connected with no issues. It looks like most people here are using WPA2 but if someone is using WEP still, you might want to give this a shot.
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Re: Wireless connection

Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:36 am

DarkStar wrote:One Blink install here in Portland noticed a coax cable disconnected inside of his Blink before the technician mounted it to the wall. I'm not sure if it was for the cellular modem or wifi modem, but it was definitely disconnected:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1665941853122&set=a.1665941413111.2080302.1374568785&theater&pid=31401361&id=1374568785
Um, thats the wifi antenna, not the cellular modem antenna. The cellular modem is connected via spring pins to a large PCB. The wifi antenna is a small antenna with that small little patch cable.

Those RF connectors you really need to apply pressure with to get them to snap. I'm thinking the factory didn't apply enough pressure and it dislodged during shipment.

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Re: Wireless connection

Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:39 am

oregonLEAF wrote:I also had issues with my Blink connecting to my wireless network. The installer called support and they couldn't help. I ended up switching my network from WEP to WPA2, something I've been putting off for a long time, and the Blink connected with no issues. It looks like most people here are using WPA2 but if someone is using WEP still, you might want to give this a shot.
nothing that has been suggested works on mine. I did not do the static IP but I tried both open (as guest) and wpa2 for the encryption.
it connects the first two tests--wifi detected and connected, I think the are called--but all else fails.
EcoT tells me that it will still charge. So I remain mainly unconcerned--seems it is their problem to resolve--my car is still at least a week off.

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leafnode
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Re: Wireless connection

Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:51 pm

Yeah, I'm back offline :(

Manually configuring my Blink's wifi connection using WPA2 worked last night, but is no longer working. Something in the wifi software stack, radio and/or antennae is failing. I suspect using the hard wire connection would work, but at the moment, I don't have a line dropped in my garage. Car is a week+ away. Hope to get it sorted by then.
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Spies
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Re: Wireless connection

Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:25 pm

whoami wrote:Um, thats the wifi antenna, not the cellular modem antenna. The cellular modem is connected via spring pins to a large PCB. The wifi antenna is a small antenna with that small little patch cable.

Those RF connectors you really need to apply pressure with to get them to snap. I'm thinking the factory didn't apply enough pressure and it dislodged during shipment.
So does the Blink only have the one WiFi antenna with no additional antenna to fall back on or use for diversity? I can certainly see that giving users WiFi issues.
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