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Misbehaving Netgear WGPS606

To avoid having to run cables I have used a Netgear WGPS606 to wirelessly connect computers on my desktop with my broadband connection. When checking the log files on my Linux box I noticed that the Netgear unit was causing my log to fill up with DHCPDISCOVER/DHCPOFFER:

Jun 20 23:21:21 xxx dhcpd: DHCPDISCOVER from <mac>(WGPS606) via eth0
Jun 20 23:21:21 xxx dhcpd: DHCPOFFER on 10.1.1.191 to <mac>(WGPS606) via eth0
Jun 20 23:21:41 xxx dhcpd: DHCPDISCOVER from <mac> (WGPS606) via eth0
Jun 20 23:21:41 xxx dhcpd: DHCPOFFER on 10.1.1.191 to <mac> (WGPS606) via eth0
Jun 20 23:22:01 xxx dhcpd: DHCPDISCOVER from <mac> (WGPS606) via eth0
Jun 20 23:22:01 xxx dhcpd: DHCPOFFER on 10.1.1.191 to <mac> (WGPS606) via eth0

It is all very strange since the MAC address for which the DHCP discover is sent is the wireless NIC. But the wireless NIC has a static IP address and should not need to request a DHCP address in the first place. Furthemore, the DHCP server is on the LAN side of the Netgear box.

Netgear support has been unable to assist so in the end I had to blacklist the WGSP606 using the following few lines in dhcpd.conf:

host wgps606 {
        hardware ethernet <mac>;
        ignore booting;
        ignore bootp;
}

Apart from this the WGPS606 has been doing a great job for now almost a year.

Standard connectors, please!

Over the past ten years I have had a number of mobile phones from a couple of manufactures. In the process I have gathered an impressive (although my wife would tell you otherwise) collection of chargers, sync cables and headphones, most of which are incompatible with each other.

I understand the manufacturers' interest in making easy money on the after-market by flogging substandard equipment at a premium price but I would rather see they made my life easier.

I already have a set of headphones that are better than anything they would ever make me able to connect to their phone. I don't want to spoil a small phone by having to drag along a set of accessories and if I need to charge my phone when I am at a friend's place I want to use whatever charger is available. And I most certainly don't want a dongle that is sure to get lost anyway to connect a standard set of headphones to some proprietary connector.

So please:

  • Use Mini-USB to connect the phone with a computer and make it possible to charge via the same connector
  • Provide a 3.5″ audio connector directly on the phone