When my Vero 2 is on, the connectivity though the wifi router it uses (which is also the ADSL router for everything else as well) slows down from ~3.5Mbps to not being able to run a speedtest (although web pages occasionally load, if I’m patient).
For clarity: This is not about slow wifi to a media server - it’s my Internet connection not working properly when the Vero 2 is on.
I initially assumed this was a problem with my ISP’s service, but eventually noticed that only happens when the Vero 2 is on. This happened over a month ago - possibly more than two months. It seemed to work fine when I first got it.
Have my Vero 2.
Have my modem/router (Thomson TG585 Gateway v8, firmware 22.214.171.124).
Switch them on.
Find that the Internet appears to barely work.
I’ve tried blacklisting the wifi module (8189es), but that makes no difference.
Vero remote USB dongle
USB 3 HDD (WD 3TB My Passport Ultra WDBBKD0030BBK-EESN)
USB wired keyboard (whilst blacklisting the wifi module)
For testing I unplugged everything, and the problem was still there.
Most bizarrely, when I shut down OSMC it doesn’t power down the Vero 2, the disruption continues until I switch it off at the wall.
So far as I recall, if it returns with no packages kept back (which there aren’t, I ran a dist-upgrade just now to double-check) there’s no functional difference. Or is there something else a dist-upgrade does?
The dist-upgrade brings in meta packages and new dependencies, a regular upgrade does not. If you run apt-get upgrade, you will have to reinstall your system for correct functionality again. This is covered in the Wiki.
Your question is a bit vague. How do you determine the internet ‘barely’ works? Are you running a custom DHCP or DNS server on your network?
I’m struggling to see how you’d get network performance problems even when Vero 2’s network connection is disable (blacklisted WiFi). Make sure you don’t have anything like a torrent client running on Vero 2.
Also consider installing iftop and running that. It will show you quickly if the Vero 2 is sending a lot of traffic across the network. A freshly installed one won’t be though.
For correct operation of your device, you will definitely want to reinstall OSMC after running sudo apt-get upgrade, as this can cause problems.
The thing is, I really don’t see how. If you have Wireshark or tcpdump, you can see what the Vero 2 is sending on your network. I can’t envisage a situation where it would cause network issues, and we would need a bit more to go on to investigate this.
Not sure what that actually means, but I would check the usual suspects (ARP, nslookup etc).
Keyboard or remote should go in the rear port only
3 HDD will be too much for the original PSU, but you can use a higher amperage 5V PSU (5.5 outer, 2.1 inner) barrel jack PSU, and you should be good.
When switched off, the network is fine, with a download rate around 3.5Mbps.
When switched on - without even attempting to join the wireless network or getting an IP address - the network can barely manage 0.2Mbps d/l (guessing from a partial speedof.me test).
I had Wireshark listen on the wlan, but couldn’t see anything obviously from the Vero 2. I’ll have to learn more about Wireshark and get back to you.
Sorry, I shouldn’t have assumed that you would know what that is; speedof.me is a browser-based bandwidth tester that downloads progressively larger chunks of data to estimate the speed of one’s connection. The test loads in the browser and can be started (so DNS seems to work), but connection is so slow that it can’t load any of the chunks, so fails.
Any pointers on what checks to make - and how? (I’m not a networking admin.)
Sorry, that was a typo on my part - it was one HDD with a USB3 connector.
I realise this reply is somewhat late but I’ve only just joined the forum and read this thread.
If WiFi throughput on other connected devices is severely affected when the Vero device is merely powered up but not using WiFi itself (because its WiFi module is blacklisted), I’d strongly suspect a faulty power supply.
I’ve not seen a Vero 2 (I’ve just ordered one) but I suspect that its power supply is switched mode. Poor design of such units (a general comment - not directed at the Vero power supply) or a manufacturing fault can result in extremely high levels of very wideband radio interference. If this is happening here, a high RF noise field can easily degrade WiFi performance.
To test, try moving a portable AM radio that’s tuned to noise between stations around the area where the Vero power supply is located and see if the noise level increases. Also try plugging in the Vero further away from the router and, ideally, try a different power supply on the Vero.
It’s quite possible that a problematic power supply isn’t the cause of the effect described, but I can’t think of anything else off-hand that fits the symptoms.
Funnily enough, this happened to me with my desktop. There is an issue with USB3 devices interfering with some WiFi channels. Log into your router and select another channel (anything over 6 should be fine IIRC).