duplicate authentications / excessive missing ACKs / deauth due to inactivity timer

Leon M. George leon at georgemail.eu
Wed Jul 22 10:18:12 EDT 2020

Hi :-)

I've encountered connection issues that appear to be strongly related to the
problem in this thread [1] (found via the arch linux bug tracker [2]).

ap: "disconnected due to excessive missing ACKs"
station: "No beacon heard and the time event is over already..."

Using a monitoring interface on the AP i was able to confirm that the beacon is
indeed not being sent at any time.

I've found a configuration that reliably produces this state
("error state" from here on):
If any number of mesh (or adhoc with ct) points are configured alongside any
number of ordinary APs, this issue starts appearing.
The mesh connections appear to be working correctly in the error state.

I tested various combinations of openwrt-19.xx and openwrt-trunk
with ath10k/ath10k-ct - all were affected.
Aligning with my vague memory, a user on the openwrt forum reports the issue isn't
present in openwrt-18.xx [3].

About the ruling out client issues:
My employer is operating installations with multiple hundreds of ath10k access
We couldn't identify the source of the issue at first when we encountered it in
our live setup and received unsolicited reports from basically every
As far as we can tell, no client is able to connect in the error state.
We've had our users confirm the bug for
  - Apple phones/tablets/macbooks
  - Samsung phones, laptops
  - computers with Intel/Realtek/AzureWave-hardware.

I hope this info is helpful.

kind regards,
Leon George

[1] https://www.mail-archive.com/ath10k@lists.infradead.org/msg11599.html
[2] https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/58457
[3] https://forum.openwrt.org/t/wifi-connectivity-issues-with-ath10k/67779

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