@LarryY writes in with questions about using the RACHEL in a setup where you’ve already got a router:
I have set up my RACHEL Plus as you recommended. My Wi-Fi IP address is set to 192.168.88.1 and my LAN setting is DHCP Client. I plugged RACHEL into an old Linksys SOHO router (WRT54G Vers. 6). RACHEL’s SSID is RACHEL; the router’s SSID is Residencia. I started the DHCP addresses on the router at 192.168.1.10, which is the address RACHEL received. I connected to SSID Residencia & received IP address 192.168.1.11. I attempted to connect to 192.168.88.1. I can’t. This doesn’t surprise me since I have no idea how my router is supposed to know where network 192.168.88.0 is, but according to what you, Jeremy, & Sam have told me in the past, this is the preferred method of setting up RACHEL (unless I misunderstood). Please explain to me how my router learns about a network on the Wi-Fi side of RACHEL. Have you enabled RIP or some other routing protocol to advertise how to reach 192.168.88.0?
In the setup you describe (which is indeed the recommended setup for your situation) there will be two ways to connect to RACHEL:
If your computer/tablet/phone is connected to the Residencia wifi, or if it is plugged into the network through an ethernet cable, then you will access RACHEL at 192.168.1.10
If your computer/tablet/phone is connected to the RACHEL wifi, then you will access RACHEL at 192.168.88.1
Essentially you’ve got two networks. There’s no (easy) way to bridge them completely. If your plan is to have users access everything through Residencia (wired or wifi), then have them access RACHEL at 192.168.1.10. If your plan is to have users access everything through RACHEL (wifi) then have them use 192.168.88.1. This is how I have things set up at my home.
When I connect to the SSID Residencia, I can ping the default gateway 192.168.1.1 but I can not ping 192.168.1.10. Why can’t I ping RACHEL from the LAN side?
That I don’t know – RACHEL should respond to ping, so either ping is being filtered on that network or something else is wrong. Can you access http://192.168.1.10/ from a browser when connected to Residencia? If not, can you connect to the RACHEL wifi, visit http://192.168.88.1/, and verify the LAN IP shown in the upper right corner?
I can’t find a definitive matrix chart that shows the latest & greatest releases. I bought my RACHEL Plus devices several years ago & have upgraded them to the new file schema. I have attempted to upgrade their firmware because of the battery problem, but I had some serious problems there so I’m not sure if it worked or not. Here’s what RACHEL tells me.
I wish we had a definitive matrix – for now I can confirm that:
- 1.2.24 is the latest firmware for the RACHEL-Plus 1.0 (WRTD-303N)
- 2.2.15 is the latest firmware for the RACHEL-Plus 2.0 (WAPD-235N)
Both of those include the battery adjustments provided by the manufacturer Gemtek.
Hope this helps!