WiFi repeater connection problem - Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377

Hi all guys,

Firstly, let me thank you for the time spent reading this thread. I'm new to Manjaro and up to now I found it incredibly fast and reliable.

Problem: due to connectivity problem at a different floor, I had to extend my WiFi network using a WiFi repeater (TP-Link RE200). My laptop connects successfully to the main network, the one from the router) but not to the extended one. When I try, there's a message saying "ip configuration was unavailable".
The extended network works fine with other OS and other PCs.

According to forum rules, here you find my configuration:
inxi --full --verbosity=7 --filter --no-host:

System:    Kernel: 5.4.52-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.1.0 Console: tty 2 wm: kwin_x11 dm: SDDM 
           Distro: Manjaro Linux 
Machine:   Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 80MX v: Lenovo E31-80 serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 10 v: Lenovo E31-80 
           serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: LENOVO model: Lenovo E31-80 v: SDK0J40697 WIN serial: <filter> UEFI [Legacy]: LENOVO v: DCCN39WW(V2.08) 
           date: 10/06/2016 
Battery:   ID-1: BAT1 charge: 17.2 Wh condition: 28.7/35.0 Wh (82%) volts: 7.6/7.6 model: LENOVO PABAS0241231 type: Li-ion 
           serial: <filter> status: Discharging 
Memory:    RAM: total: 7.64 GiB used: 1.53 GiB (20.0%) 
           Array-1: capacity: 16 GiB slots: 2 EC: None max module size: 8 GiB note: est. 
           Device-1: ChannelA-DIMM0 size: 8 GiB speed: 1600 MT/s type: DDR3 detail: synchronous bus width: 64 bits 
           total: 64 bits manufacturer: SK Hynix part-no: HMT41GS6BFR8A-PB serial: <filter> 
           Device-2: ChannelA-DIMM1 size: No Module Installed 
           Device-3: ChannelB-DIMM0 size: No Module Installed 
           Device-4: ChannelB-DIMM1 size: No Module Installed 
CPU:       Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5-6200U bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Skylake rev: 3 L1 cache: 128 KiB 
           L2 cache: 3072 KiB L3 cache: 3072 KiB bogomips: 19204 
           Speed: 500 MHz min/max: 400/2800 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 500 2: 500 3: 500 4: 500 
           Flags: 3dnowprefetch abm acpi adx aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon art avx avx2 bmi1 bmi2 bts clflush 
           clflushopt cmov constant_tsc cpuid cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts epb ept ept_ad erms est f16c 
           flexpriority flush_l1d fma fpu fsgsbase fxsr ht hwp hwp_act_window hwp_epp hwp_notify ibpb ibrs ida intel_pt 
           invpcid invpcid_single lahf_lm lm mca mce md_clear mmx monitor movbe mpx msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat pbe 
           pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pdpe1gb pebs pge pln pni popcnt pse pse36 pti pts rdrand rdseed rdtscp rep_good sdbg sep smap 
           smep ss ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc tsc_adjust tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx 
           vnmi vpid x2apic xgetbv1 xsave xsavec xsaveopt xsaves xtopology xtpr 
Graphics:  Device-1: Intel Skylake GT2 [HD Graphics 520] vendor: Lenovo driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 
           chip ID: 8086:1916 
           Display: server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: intel unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa compositor: kwin_x11 
           resolution: 1366x768~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 520 (SKL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 20.1.3 direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio vendor: Lenovo driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1f.3 
           chip ID: 8086:9d70 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.52-1-MANJARO 
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Lenovo driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 3000 
           bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 10ec:8168 
           IF: enp1s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
           Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter vendor: Lenovo driver: ath10k_pci v: kernel 
           port: 3000 bus ID: 02:00.0 chip ID: 168c:0042 
           IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter> 
           IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global broadcast: <filter> 
           IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link 
           Device-3: Qualcomm Atheros type: USB driver: btusb bus ID: 1-7:5 chip ID: 0cf3:e360 
           WAN IP: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 465.76 GiB used: 32.56 GiB (7.0%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST500LT012-1DG142 size: 465.76 GiB speed: 6.0 Gb/s rotation: 5400 rpm 
           serial: <filter> rev: LVM1 scheme: MBR 
           Message: No Optical or Floppy data was found. 
RAID:      Message: No RAID data was found. 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 457.45 GiB used: 32.56 GiB (7.1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 label: N/A 
           uuid: a55f9a22-92d3-4de5-9ddc-fe828827c225 
Unmounted: Message: No unmounted partitions found. 
USB:       Hub: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 12 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
           Device-1: 1-3:2 info: Validity Sensors VFS5011 Fingerprint Reader type: <vendor specific> driver: N/A interfaces: 1 
           rev: 1.1 speed: 12 Mb/s chip ID: 138a:0011 serial: <filter> 
           Device-2: 1-5:3 info: Syntek Lenovo EasyCamera type: Video driver: uvcvideo interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s 
           chip ID: 174f:14f1 serial: <filter> 
           Device-3: 1-6:4 info: Realtek RTS5129 Card Reader Controller type: <vendor specific> 
           driver: rtsx_usb,rtsx_usb_ms,rtsx_usb_sdmmc interfaces: 1 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s chip ID: 0bda:0129 
           serial: <filter> 
           Device-4: 1-7:5 info: Qualcomm Atheros type: Bluetooth driver: btusb interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s 
           chip ID: 0cf3:e360 
           Hub: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 6 rev: 3.0 speed: 5 Gb/s chip ID: 1d6b:0003 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 44.0 C mobo: N/A 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Info:      Processes: 169 Uptime: 1h 42m Init: systemd v: 245 Compilers: gcc: 10.1.0 Shell: bash (sudo) v: 5.0.18 
           running in: konsole inxi: 3.0.37 

dmesg | grep wlp2s0 output:

[   16.343357] ath10k_pci 0000:02:00.0 wlp2s0: renamed from wlan0
[   86.475546] wlp2s0: authenticate with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75
[   86.510960] wlp2s0: send auth to e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (try 1/3)
[   86.512658] wlp2s0: authenticated
[   86.517322] wlp2s0: associate with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (try 1/3)
[   86.523361] wlp2s0: RX AssocResp from e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (capab=0x411 status=0 aid=6)
[   86.526850] wlp2s0: associated
[   86.647684] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): wlp2s0: link becomes ready
[  164.055965] wlp2s0: deauthenticating from e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 by local choice (Reason: 3=DEAUTH_LEAVING)
[  174.165650] wlp2s0: authenticate with cc:32:e5:f9:43:d2
[  174.197188] wlp2s0: send auth to cc:32:e5:f9:43:d2 (try 1/3)
[  174.199747] wlp2s0: authenticated
[  174.205415] wlp2s0: associate with cc:32:e5:f9:43:d2 (try 1/3)
[  174.224981] wlp2s0: RX AssocResp from cc:32:e5:f9:43:d2 (capab=0x1911 status=0 aid=1)
[  174.228685] wlp2s0: associated
[  174.285682] wlp2s0: Limiting TX power to 15 (15 - 0) dBm as advertised by cc:32:e5:f9:43:d2
[  174.591010] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): wlp2s0: link becomes ready
[  220.050232] wlp2s0: deauthenticating from cc:32:e5:f9:43:d2 by local choice (Reason: 3=DEAUTH_LEAVING)
[  229.028015] wlp2s0: authenticate with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75
[  229.063145] wlp2s0: send auth to e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (try 1/3)
[  229.066485] wlp2s0: authenticated
[  229.070287] wlp2s0: associate with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (try 1/3)
[  229.075231] wlp2s0: RX AssocResp from e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (capab=0x411 status=0 aid=1)
[  229.082377] wlp2s0: associated
[  551.183664] wlp2s0: authenticate with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75
[  551.220107] wlp2s0: send auth to e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (try 1/3)
[  551.326847] wlp2s0: send auth to e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (try 2/3)
[  551.331712] wlp2s0: send auth to e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (try 3/3)
[  551.336520] wlp2s0: authentication with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 timed out
[  971.478414] wlp2s0: authenticate with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75
[  971.514745] wlp2s0: send auth to e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (try 1/3)
[  971.516513] wlp2s0: authenticated
[  971.520073] wlp2s0: associate with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (try 1/3)
[  971.525815] wlp2s0: RX AssocResp from e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (capab=0x411 status=0 aid=1)
[  971.528451] wlp2s0: associated
[  971.546099] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): wlp2s0: link becomes ready
[ 1613.745153] wlp2s0: authenticate with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75
[ 1613.779260] wlp2s0: send auth to e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (try 1/3)
[ 1613.781537] wlp2s0: authenticated
[ 1613.783201] wlp2s0: associate with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (try 1/3)
[ 1613.787071] wlp2s0: RX AssocResp from e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 (capab=0x411 status=0 aid=1)
[ 1613.789362] wlp2s0: associated
[ 2169.378014] wlp2s0: deauthenticating from e4:8f:34:f0:a3:75 by local choice (Reason: 3=DEAUTH_LEAVING)
[ 2188.288346] wlp2s0: authenticate with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:76
[ 2188.319775] wlp2s0: send auth to e4:8f:34:f0:a3:76 (try 1/3)
[ 2188.320530] wlp2s0: authenticated
[ 2188.322370] wlp2s0: associate with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:76 (try 1/3)
[ 2188.323858] wlp2s0: RX AssocResp from e4:8f:34:f0:a3:76 (capab=0x11 status=0 aid=6)
[ 2188.326823] wlp2s0: associated
[ 2188.337481] wlp2s0: Limiting TX power to 23 (23 - 0) dBm as advertised by e4:8f:34:f0:a3:76
[ 2188.338756] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): wlp2s0: link becomes ready
[ 3195.807668] wlp2s0: deauthenticating from e4:8f:34:f0:a3:76 by local choice (Reason: 3=DEAUTH_LEAVING)
[ 3196.115878] wlp2s0: authenticate with cc:32:e5:f9:43:d2
[ 3196.146778] wlp2s0: send auth to cc:32:e5:f9:43:d2 (try 1/3)
[ 3196.147526] wlp2s0: authenticated
[ 3196.148803] wlp2s0: associate with cc:32:e5:f9:43:d2 (try 1/3)
[ 3196.168366] wlp2s0: RX AssocResp from cc:32:e5:f9:43:d2 (capab=0x1911 status=0 aid=2)
[ 3196.171871] wlp2s0: associated
[ 3196.248261] wlp2s0: Limiting TX power to 15 (15 - 0) dBm as advertised by cc:32:e5:f9:43:d2
[ 3196.487594] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): wlp2s0: link becomes ready
[ 3242.057877] wlp2s0: deauthenticating from cc:32:e5:f9:43:d2 by local choice (Reason: 3=DEAUTH_LEAVING)
[ 3251.081162] wlp2s0: authenticate with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:76
[ 3251.111810] wlp2s0: send auth to e4:8f:34:f0:a3:76 (try 1/3)
[ 3251.112557] wlp2s0: authenticated
[ 3251.121416] wlp2s0: associate with e4:8f:34:f0:a3:76 (try 1/3)
[ 3251.122714] wlp2s0: RX AssocResp from e4:8f:34:f0:a3:76 (capab=0x11 status=0 aid=5)
[ 3251.128341] wlp2s0: associated
[ 3251.163218] wlp2s0: Limiting TX power to 23 (23 - 0) dBm as advertised by e4:8f:34:f0:a3:76

What I tried: I spent few days looking through the forum looking for a possibile solution. In particular:

  • I disabled IPv6 in network configuration (Network Name -> IPv6 -> Method: Ignored)
  • I added the following lines to /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf:
[device]
wifi.scan-rand-mac-address=no

[connection]
wifi.powersave=2

journalctl -u NetworkManager output:

Aug 01 12:27:37 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277657.2393] audit: op="statistics" arg="refresh-rate-ms" pid=1119 uid=1000 result="success"
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.3002] device (wlp2s0): disconnecting for new activation request.
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.3012] device (wlp2s0): state change: activated -> deactivating (reason 'new-activation', sys-iface-state: 'managed')
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.3029] manager: NetworkManager state is now DISCONNECTING
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.3096] audit: op="connection-activate" uuid="4c3f6b83-6d41-4458-b083-0e4d6ed4c49d" name="Vodafone-A74785105_EXT" pid=1119 uid=1000 result="success"
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.4293] device (wlp2s0): supplicant interface state: completed -> disconnected
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.4294] device (p2p-dev-wlp2s0): supplicant management interface state: completed -> disconnected
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.4315] audit: op="statistics" arg="refresh-rate-ms" pid=1119 uid=1000 result="success"
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.4323] device (wlp2s0): state change: deactivating -> disconnected (reason 'new-activation', sys-iface-state: 'managed')
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.4444] dhcp4 (wlp2s0): canceled DHCP transaction
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.4447] dhcp4 (wlp2s0): state changed bound -> done
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.5180] manager: NetworkManager state is now DISCONNECTED
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.5208] device (wlp2s0): Activation: starting connection 'Vodafone-A74785105_EXT' (4c3f6b83-6d41-4458-b083-0e4d6ed4c49d)
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.5296] device (wlp2s0): state change: disconnected -> prepare (reason 'none', sys-iface-state: 'managed')
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.5331] manager: NetworkManager state is now CONNECTING
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.5362] device (wlp2s0): state change: prepare -> config (reason 'none', sys-iface-state: 'managed')
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.5380] device (wlp2s0): Activation: (wifi) access point 'Vodafone-A74785105_EXT' has security, but secrets are required.
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.5381] device (wlp2s0): state change: config -> need-auth (reason 'none', sys-iface-state: 'managed')
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.6478] device (wlp2s0): state change: need-auth -> prepare (reason 'none', sys-iface-state: 'managed')
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.6487] device (wlp2s0): state change: prepare -> config (reason 'none', sys-iface-state: 'managed')
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.6495] device (wlp2s0): Activation: (wifi) connection 'Vodafone-A74785105_EXT' has security, and secrets exist.  No new secrets needed.
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.6496] Config: added 'ssid' value 'Vodafone-A74785105_EXT'
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.6496] Config: added 'scan_ssid' value '1'
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.6496] Config: added 'bssid' value 'CC:32:E5:F9:43:D2'
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.6497] Config: added 'key_mgmt' value 'WPA-PSK WPA-PSK-SHA256 FT-PSK'
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.6497] Config: added 'psk' value '<hidden>'
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.7076] device (wlp2s0): supplicant interface state: disconnected -> authenticating
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.7077] device (p2p-dev-wlp2s0): supplicant management interface state: disconnected -> authenticating
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.7097] device (wlp2s0): supplicant interface state: authenticating -> associating
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.7098] device (p2p-dev-wlp2s0): supplicant management interface state: authenticating -> associating
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.7368] device (wlp2s0): supplicant interface state: associating -> associated
Aug 01 12:27:47 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277667.7370] device (p2p-dev-wlp2s0): supplicant management interface state: associating -> associated
Aug 01 12:27:48 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277668.0467] device (wlp2s0): supplicant interface state: associated -> completed
Aug 01 12:27:48 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277668.0468] device (wlp2s0): Activation: (wifi) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) successful. Connected to wireless network "Vodafone-A74785105_EXT"
Aug 01 12:27:48 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277668.0470] device (p2p-dev-wlp2s0): supplicant management interface state: associated -> completed
Aug 01 12:27:48 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277668.0478] device (wlp2s0): state change: config -> ip-config (reason 'none', sys-iface-state: 'managed')
Aug 01 12:27:48 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277668.0504] dhcp4 (wlp2s0): activation: beginning transaction (timeout in 45 seconds)
Aug 01 12:28:33 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <warn>  [1596277713.0474] dhcp4 (wlp2s0): request timed out
Aug 01 12:28:33 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277713.0475] dhcp4 (wlp2s0): state changed unknown -> timeout
Aug 01 12:28:33 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277713.0476] device (wlp2s0): state change: ip-config -> failed (reason 'ip-config-unavailable', sys-iface-state: 'managed')
Aug 01 12:28:33 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277713.0494] manager: NetworkManager state is now DISCONNECTED
Aug 01 12:28:33 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <warn>  [1596277713.0544] device (wlp2s0): Activation: failed for connection 'Vodafone-A74785105_EXT'
Aug 01 12:28:33 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277713.0559] device (wlp2s0): state change: failed -> disconnected (reason 'none', sys-iface-state: 'managed')
Aug 01 12:28:33 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277713.0740] dhcp4 (wlp2s0): canceled DHCP transaction
Aug 01 12:28:33 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277713.0742] dhcp4 (wlp2s0): state changed timeout -> done
Aug 01 12:28:33 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277713.1336] device (wlp2s0): supplicant interface state: completed -> disconnected
Aug 01 12:28:33 itpirate-80mx NetworkManager[643]: <info>  [1596277713.1337] device (p2p-dev-wlp2s0): supplicant management interface state: completed -> disconnected

Does anyone have any suggestion on how could I solve this?
Thanks in advance and greetings from Italy.
Have a nice day.

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