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Awful WIRED speeds with WDS, nothing helps!

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Telix, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Telix

    Telix Addicted to LI Member

    I currently am using a Buffalo WHR-54GS as my access point + WDS and a Linksys WRT54GL as WDS remote access point. I have 3 wired devices hooked up to the WRT54GL, which is in the living room, and it's wireless mode is WDS only. I only need the WRT54GL to serve data to the wired devices in the living room. However, I am getting absolutely wretched speeds to the machines, what looks to be either 9mbps (usually) or 18mbps (if I'm lucky) [meaning transfer rates between 650k a sec to 1.5 megabyte a sec], based on transfer rates of large files from machine to machine, and running speedtest.net. The router in the living room is only one room away, between two walls and about maybe 30' in a straight line. I get a signal "quality" of around 38-45 in the Wireless Survey tool, with a RRSI usually around -60 dBm and the noise around -95 dBm.

    NOTHING I have done works. I have tried moving the routers around in the rooms and adjusting their antennae. I have changed wireless channels, adjusted transmission power of the Buffalo, turned on Speedboost/Afterburner on both routers, set it to G only, removed wireless security, etc. All advanced settings are currently at default, as far as I can tell, besides Afterburner, but that didn't do anything either. There is no QoS running or anything like that. The speedtests from my wired desktop in the office, which is connected to the Buffalo, are very speedy, in the 16-20/4 mbit range (down/up), so my incoming connection is just fine.

    Any advice?
     
  2. Telix

    Telix Addicted to LI Member

    Hmm... did something I should have done awhile ago, reset the NVRAM and reinput the stuff I needed. Now it seems to be transfering a bit over 2 megabyte/sec between computers - totally enough for 720p and Netflix HD streaming....
     
  3. gawd0wns

    gawd0wns LI Guru Member

    WDS mode is intended to extend your wifi coverage area, by linking two or more routers wirelessly.. So there is alot of overhead.

    If you only need one router to serve the wired devices, use Wireless Ethernet Bridge mode, that is what it is intended for. It will work faster, since your bandwith will not be halved as it will be in WDS mode.
     
  4. gawd0wns

    gawd0wns LI Guru Member

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