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Bizarreness with Toastman on WRT54GL v1.1

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Arghtastic, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Arghtastic

    Arghtastic Networkin' Nut Member

    I have two older WRT54GL both v1.1, loaded with Tomato Firmware v1.28.7633 .3-Toastman-IPT-ND ND VPN.

    Through various upgrades these boxes have run like champs. A week or so back, I added a new WRN3500L with code v1.28.7500 MIPSR2Toastman-RT K26 USB VPN.

    For about a week everything ran like a champ. Yesterday--everything stopped working. I had to power cycle every device (including my cable modem) to get the network to come back on. One of my WRT54s was locked. . . . power light flashed non-stop. I had to reset it to get it back. It reset back to the default theme, etc., So I re-configured it today, and it looked like all was well. . . but it wasn't. I noticed it had started using 00:90:4C:5F:00:2A as the wireless LAN MAC---just like my other WRT54 had ALWAYS done. It would not work as the single extension (ie., remove the other WRT54 from the system) access point and would not like to the WDS system I have setup. What's more is it killed connectivity on the other WRT54. . . by stealing the MAC address I assume.

    So does anyone have any ideas? I really need three access points at this point. I've reloaded the one that died with the same code version and performed a 30-30-30 while doing it, just to make sure it was clean. With the wireless off, the WRT54 that is bad seems to be fine. No stability problems or anything else to indicate a problem.
     
  2. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    MAC addresses must be unique on the same network, so having two devices with the same MAC address will certainly create mayhem and misery.

    The .cfg (configuration) files you download from the routers contain the MAC addresses. If you upload a configuration to another router it will set the MAC addresses on that router to be the same as the MAC address of the router the configuration file came from. Any chance after performing a 30/30/30 reset you uploaded a configuration file from the other WRT-54GL?

    You could try changing your wireless password and administration password, just in case it's some miscreant nearby who gained access to your network and decided to create a headache for you.
     
  3. Arghtastic

    Arghtastic Networkin' Nut Member

    No it was all re-applied by hand. configs before and after match. It seems to be related to the number of WDS nodes in the system and the node that is stuck with the virtual MAC address.
     
  4. Arghtastic

    Arghtastic Networkin' Nut Member

    Okay, to save someone else the pain and suffering. . . .one WRT54GL appears to have hardware issues---same code, same hardware as my other one, but it will not link via WDS to the main access point. it does have signal strength and quality, but will not show an actual speed. I got around his by linking through my other WRT54GL *only.* Very odd. Appreciate guru feedback.

    The morale of the story? If you have a WDS node that won't link.....try it with a single other device.
     
  5. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    I avoid WDS like the plague. If you can manage it, link the routers together using LAN (ethernet) ports, because it's so blindingly simple to expand wireless coverage that way it's almost scary. I find that powerline networking works great for bridging gaps, but YMMV since it's dependent on house/building wiring.
     
  6. Arghtastic

    Arghtastic Networkin' Nut Member

    If I could do LAN extension, I woudln't need WDS. ;-) I've been very pleased with WDS in tomato (Toastman), aside from speed it's great. Solid and totally transparent.
     
  7. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    I linked a basement router to a third floor router over powerline networking to bridge the two routers together via ethernet. Where there's a will, there's usually a way.
     
  8. Arghtastic

    Arghtastic Networkin' Nut Member

    Your solution is faster, but I didn't have powerline adapters or a desire to try them in an older house. If I move, I will probably try the powerline adapters instead.
     
  9. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    That particular house was built in the 1950s, so don't discount old wiring. But just trying to offer suggestions.

    Anyway, good luck. It sucks that WDS is finicky on the WRT54GL.
     
  10. Arghtastic

    Arghtastic Networkin' Nut Member

    That's good to know--what speed Powerline adapters were you using?
     
  11. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    I've since moved, but they were some Panasonic 200-ish Mb adapters that could transfer at around 60-70Mb/s in the real-world. 100Mb Ethernet in Powerline marketing-speak would have been listed as 200Mb, since its 100Mb in both directions when run full duplex. 90% of the time I was just using them to bridge the bedrooms on the top floors to the internet connection in the basement, so the slowest link was the internet connection, but occasionally I'd do file transfers to a server downstairs, and - more frequently - move shows between upstairs/downstairs Tivos to watch while working out.
     

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