Access Point w/ Tomato Firmware = Unstable Wireless???

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by though, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. though

    though Network Guru Member

    VERY ODD problem that i have ran into. i use a N16 (teddy bear tomato fw) for my main router and have a buffalo WHR-G54S (standard 1.27-ND tomato fw) that i use on another floor of my house as an Access Point. It plugs in directly to the N16 via cat6. my problem is that the Buffalo Access Point's radio drops offline randomly for anywhere between 2 minutes to 1+ hours randomly daily. The SSID just disappears from wireless clients so you can't connect to it wirelessly. You can still access it from another wired computer on the network though by typing it's IP address and can browse through the different tomato menus like if everything was normal.

    I have tried different encryption (WPA, WPA2 AES, WPA2 TKIP), changed wireless channels, used different SSID's, and even used another spare WHR-G54S, same problem.

    Anyone have any advice????
  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Did you try going back to older versions of tomato? 1.23ND for example, both Original and try Victek release? Since it's only an AP, it doesn't need to run anything special.
  3. though

    though Network Guru Member

    well that's why im only using the 'standard' 1.27-ND and not teddy's mod. i figure it had to be a setting somewhere that i am overlooking....

  4. gingernut

    gingernut LI Guru Member

    Did this behaviour start while using the latest Teddy Bear firmware on the RT?

    Is your RT's wireless channel fixed or auto?

    Have you tried a vanilla Tomato non ND build on the GS?
  5. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    though, give Victek's 1.25.8515.2 a shot. That would probably be the most stable bit of software around, so if it doesn't work for you I would suspect your hardware (although I do not know much about the buffalo I believe it was well supported). Don't forget the old mantra - erase NVRAM gets rid of a lot of weird issues - reconfigure by hand from scratch - if you didn't already try it.

    The modders keep swapping and improving parts of the code to get it more stable - and they react much more quickly than the original author.
  6. though

    though Network Guru Member

    i have only used the vanilla-ND on the AP. maybe i should try the non-ND vanilla? does teddy use the same wireless driver in his K26-1.27.9045MIPSR1-beta10-Std as the vanilla-ND? or is it totally different than the vanilla-ND and vanilla-non-HD?

    my RT's channel is fixed, same as the AP. the RT is 6 and i have tried both 1 and 11 on the AP, same ****.
  7. though

    though Network Guru Member

    Which wireless drivers do Teddy and Victek use? Are they the same as the vanilla 1.27-ND or just 1.27?
  8. rhester72

    rhester72 Network Guru Member


    Teddy, at least, uses "ND-2", the Linux 2.6 variant. I'm not sure which one Victek uses.

  9. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Victek's last used driver was ND (RAF 8515.2 ND).
  10. though

    though Network Guru Member

    any comments on which is most stable/compatible with wireless clients?

    vanilla tomato
    vanilla tomato-ND (has been giving me fits)
    teddy bear
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