1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Any known interactions between Tomato and Realtek RTL8185L

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by ringer004, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. ringer004

    ringer004 LI Guru Member

    Hi just bought a Realtek RTL8185L off ebay. It works, but I'm geting low transmit signal from the card (this is a Mini-PCI card).

    I have two Dell D600 laptops. One has a Broadcom BCM4318 and the other the new RTL8185L.

    Both laptops *receive* from the router great (wireless signal strength show excellent signal, 4-5 bars on the display).

    But when I log onto Tomato and look at the RSSI in Device List, the RTL8185L is 15-20 dB lower than the Broadcom card. I adjusted all settings I could find in the Windows driver setup which did not change anything. I used the driver directly from the Realtek web site. To quantify the signal strength difference, I had both laptops side-by-side with direct line of sight to the router, about 10 feet away.

    RSSI reported from Broadcom -45 to -50 dbm
    RSSI reported from Realtek -60 to -70 dbm

    Is this a possibly a bad card?
    Is there some "transmit power" setting that I can't find?

    If anyone is using this card and has some insight, that would be most helpful. The card does seem to work fine, I just a little curious about the difference...
    Thanks
     
  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    One guy here I remember had such a card some while back. I don't remember him having a weaker signal than anyone else, so perhaps your card is faulty.
     

Share This Page