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It isn't anything to do with filters it just seems wlan2 is unstable, it does it with 2 different wifi adapters so it's not that.

I'm going to try it with my 12v power adapter plus a 2 12000mAh batteries as well to rule out power supply as the issue....

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On 9/30/2017 at 10:21 AM, andrew0187 said:

I just got a Tetra used off someone for $160 CAD (128 USD). I am loving it so far and it's a very cool tool. I would like to get a portable battery for it. The one that comes with the Tetra Tactical is not offered on Amazon Prime in Canada. I was looking at this one instead:  http://amzn.to/2fEgOOX

Will this work with the Tetra? Does anyone have any other battery recommendations for a Canadian? 

yes that will work make sure you use a y cable and use both usb ports on the battery or you can use 2 single cables as both micro usb ports on the pineapple accept power.  the max output of the battery is 4.8a which is perfect for the Tetra.

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dmesg

[ 3285.290000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2800usb_tx_sta_fifo_read_completed: Warning - TX status read failed -71
[ 3285.310000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2x00usb_vendor_request: Error - Vendor Request 0x07 failed for offset 0x101c with error -145
[ 3285.350000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2800usb_tx_sta_fifo_read_completed: Warning - TX status read failed -71
[ 3285.400000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2800usb_tx_sta_fifo_read_completed: Warning - TX status read failed -71
[ 3285.420000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2x00usb_vendor_request: Error - Vendor Request 0x06 failed for offset 0x101c with error -145
[ 3285.460000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2800usb_tx_sta_fifo_read_completed: Warning - TX status read failed -71
[ 3285.560000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2x00usb_vendor_request: Error - Vendor Request 0x07 failed for offset 0x1004 with error -71
[ 3285.690000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2x00usb_vendor_request: Error - Vendor Request 0x06 failed for offset 0x1004 with error -71
[ 3285.830000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2x00usb_vendor_request: Error - Vendor Request 0x07 failed for offset 0x101c with error -71
[ 3285.940000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2x00usb_vendor_request: Error - Vendor Request 0x06 failed for offset 0x101c with error -71
[ 3286.070000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2x00usb_vendor_request: Error - Vendor Request 0x07 failed for offset 0x101c with error -71
[ 3286.180000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2x00usb_vendor_request: Error - Vendor Request 0x07 failed for offset 0x101c with error -71
[ 3286.310000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2x00usb_vendor_request: Error - Vendor Request 0x06 failed for offset 0x101c with error -71
[ 3286.450000] ieee80211 phy2: rt2x00usb_vendor_request: Error - Vendor Request 0x07 failed for offset 0x101c with error -71

 

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Each time I set txpower down to 20 wlan2 seemed to be fine for a while and then when it dropped I noted it had reset to txpower 30db.

I've edited /etc/config/wireless   as below adding the     option txpower '20'   to try and make sure it stays at 20.

config wifi-device 'radio2'
        option type 'mac80211'
        option channel '11'
        option hwmode '11g'
        option path 'platform/ehci-platform/usb1/1-1/1-1:1.0'
        option htmode 'HT20'
        option txpower '20'

I will either update later saying all is good or if this starts to fail again I might give up and buy one of the wifi adapters from the hak5 shop instead!

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I personally like something like this: http://a.co/7BGliE1

Its a battery that has a voltage selector and so that I can use the 12v barrel connector instead of the usb port. I've damaged usb micro cables and also the tetra micro jacks, luckily you can power it from either usb micro port. I also get about 12 hours out of this powering 6 tetras at once. 

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25 minutes ago, darkmatter0 said:

I also get about 12 hours out of this powering 6 tetras at once. 

What do you need 6 tetras for? Lol

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hello,

I received my pineapple recently. After the setup I started testing the great features. After a short time, the pineapple just rebooted. I verified this in further tests,  mostly it happened after activating the PineAP function  (Allow Associations, Log Probes, Log Associations, Capture SSIDs to Pool , Beacon Response , Broadcast SSID Pool ) and a scan for wireless networks. The pineapple was connected directly to the original power supply during the tests. Furthermore, I was connected via USB to the ETH port. Currently I have the latest firmware installed on the device. To eliminate a problem with the installed plugins, I reset the pineapple. After that, I had the same behavior.

Can someone reproduce this unusual behavior ? Is it a bug or should I contact the Hak5 support?

 

 

Thanks in advance!

 

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23 minutes ago, EgonSommer said:

does not anyone have an idea ?

It sounds like a power issue from your description but as you used the 12V 2A power supply it shouldn't be.  If you have another 12V 2A supply handy you could try that to rule it out.

If nothing else works then I would try a "Firmware recovery' to see if that removes the issue. https://wifipineapple.github.io/wifipineapple-wiki/#!troubleshooting.md

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Hello Just_a_User,
Thank you for your answer.  Your tip with the other PSU I'll try tomorrow. A firmware reset sounds good, I will try too. The developers are represented in the forum, maybe they also have an idea ? If it is a bug or the like.

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31 minutes ago, EgonSommer said:

Hello Just_a_User,
Thank you for your answer.  Your tip with the other PSU I'll try tomorrow. A firmware reset sounds good, I will try too. The developers are represented in the forum, maybe they also have an idea ? If it is a bug or the like.

If your only powering the tetra with your pc usb ports then it most likely is a lack of power like Just_a_User said.  You need to either use the power supply to get full power and you can still use the usb to connect to the pc, or you need to provide enough power via 5v battery or batteries.  The Tetra is kinda power hungry so when it doesn't get enough things stop working or dont work at all.  You need 18-24w of power which the 12v2a (24w) wall power supply will give it, or use external batteries to reach 5v4.8a (24w).  You cannot over power the Tetra from a 5v power supply, it will only draw what it needs.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I notice you can buy some fairly high powered solar chargers now in excess of 18 watts, that being the case I wondered if anyone had tried running the tetra solar powered without a battery or mains connection?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anker-PowerPort-2-Port-Charger-iPhone/dp/B012VL20GW/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1513932060&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=solar+panel+charger&psc=1

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