Can not ping wireless device on network



  • I have a android app for my phone which is what they call a Air Mouse device to control my media center http://www.mobilemouse.com/
    Internet access on the Media Center is fine, I just can't ping or connect to my Media center from any of my other devices on the network…. Media center has a Intel 5300 wireless card.

    Have tried many options in Pfsense be no luck...Misses important aspect of networking?
    Could it be I need to change a properties for the Intel 5300 in the Windows 7 OS?

    Setup is as follows
    Wan - xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
    Lan - 192.168.1.2
    Wlan - 192.168.3.1

    DHCP server set up for both Lan & Wlan
    Firewall rule are pass all for Wlan for now
    Wlan I have intra-BSS communication checked
    I have static IP for all devices

    Computers / Devices
    Laptop - Pfsense + AP
    Desktop (Windows 7) - Wired
    Laptop Media Center (Windows 7)- Wireless
    Smart Phone (Android) - Wireless

    Can ping the following
    Smart Phone (Android) - Wireless
    Desktop - Wired

    Can not ping the following
    Laptop Media Center - Wireless

    Let me know if you need more info.



  • @Clear-Pixel:

    I just can't ping or connect to my Media center from any of my other devices on the network.

    The ping report is nearly always more informative than the executive summary "can't ping". What does ping report?

    What is reported when you attempt (on the media centre) to ping:
    1. the IP address of the pfSense WLAN interface?
    2. the IP address of the pfSense LAN interface?
    3. the IP address of the pfSense WAN interface?
    4. 8.8.8.8 (a Google DNS address)?

    What is the output of the shell command```
    ipconfig



  • Here are some snap shots

    ![Pinged Media Center from Workstation.jpg_thumb](/public/imported_attachments/1/Pinged Media Center from Workstation.jpg_thumb)
    ![Pinged Media Center from Workstation.jpg](/public/imported_attachments/1/Pinged Media Center from Workstation.jpg)
    ![Ping from Pfsense.jpg](/public/imported_attachments/1/Ping from Pfsense.jpg)
    ![Ping from Pfsense.jpg_thumb](/public/imported_attachments/1/Ping from Pfsense.jpg_thumb)
    ![Ipconfig on Media Center.jpg](/public/imported_attachments/1/Ipconfig on Media Center.jpg)
    ![Ipconfig on Media Center.jpg_thumb](/public/imported_attachments/1/Ipconfig on Media Center.jpg_thumb)



  • wallabybob here is whats strange … I pinged the wlan 192.168.3.1 from the Media Center and wlan responded back. I go back to my android phone and attempt for the hundredth time to ping the Media Center and it pings. It seems as though Pfsense was not aware of the Media Center until I pinged the wlan with the media ceter.

    The media center has always shown up in the ARP table ... Maybe you have a clue as to whats going on?

    Update ….. After a few minutes my android phone or the media center dropped the connection. It could be due to sleep mode on the Media Center, Lan is falling asleep?

    I waked the Media Center backup and the android app reconnects .... something isn't quite right but its a start I guess.



  • @Clear-Pixel:

    The media center has always shown up in the ARP table … Maybe you have a clue as to whats going on?

    Sorry, I don't. If it happens again a packet capture might be informative.

    @Clear-Pixel:

    Update ….. After a few minutes my android phone or the media center dropped the connection. It could be due to sleep mode on the Media Center, Lan is falling asleep?

    I suspect that phones generally turn off WiFi when it seems inactive or the phone seems inactive (power saving measure). That sort of behaviour might limit their utility as remote controls.


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