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how to extend range using tomato

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by ocseagleforlife#82, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. ocseagleforlife#82

    ocseagleforlife#82 LI Guru Member

    could yall help all i can figure out is the power and i have it at 55 any other ideas?
     
  2. agentsky1919

    agentsky1919 LI Guru Member

    You can use 802.11b for more range but the two way transmission will still be base on the environment. if you have two wireless routers then make the other one a repeater by the WDS function.
     
  3. roadkill

    roadkill Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    you can use WDS all the routers needs to have the same SSID / Channel if I recall correctly.

    I use Kamikaze to make repeaters maybe in a little while we could see that feature in Tomato as well as a true repeater and not WDS.
     
  4. ocseagleforlife#82

    ocseagleforlife#82 LI Guru Member

    so would dd-wrt give me any better range than tomato. btw whats the highest i can set the power b4 i need a fan to cool it
     
  5. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    mine is set at 100mW and the range is pretty good. what distance are you trying to send the signal over?
     
  6. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    Don't forget that the other end has to send with more power as well and increasing power on the router doesn't make it a better listener. You may want to try a better antenna.
     
  7. ocseagleforlife#82

    ocseagleforlife#82 LI Guru Member

    i am tring to use it out by my pool which is mabey 75-100yrds from router
     
  8. ocseagleforlife#82

    ocseagleforlife#82 LI Guru Member

    ok so i cleared the nvram and now ive lost some speed on my connection how should i go about getting it back up to 54mps
     
  9. houman

    houman LI Guru Member

    If you got the WRT54G's I recommend getting a pair of 7dbi Antenna's
     
  10. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

  11. ocseagleforlife#82

    ocseagleforlife#82 LI Guru Member

    no i had 54mbps and now i have 11mpbs at the max why the drop off
     
  12. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Thats the way Wireless works, further out the lower the speed. Wireless is two-way. 25mbps one way 25 the other. thats the 54Mbps. adding more than one client will lower the bandwidth as it is "shared" bandwidth. Added WDS into the equestion halfs the bandwidth for each WDS device added to the WLAN.
     
  13. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    Sounds like you put it in B only mode.
     
  14. ocseagleforlife#82

    ocseagleforlife#82 LI Guru Member

    how do i get it back up to 54mpbs
     
  15. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    Set B/G Mode to either G Only or Mixed.
     
  16. ocseagleforlife#82

    ocseagleforlife#82 LI Guru Member

    did that i dono thibor gave me 54mpbs then i flashed tomato over and and i still had 54mpbs
     
  17. ocseagleforlife#82

    ocseagleforlife#82 LI Guru Member

    but then when i cleared the ram it went back to 11mpbs
     
  18. ocseagleforlife#82

    ocseagleforlife#82 LI Guru Member

    ok back on the subject
     
  19. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    My power is set to the default of 42mW and does what I need. You can set the TX power up to 251mW but I never have and would be concerned about doing so. I've seen data from users who have run tests showing no benefti, even diminishing returns setting the power higher than somewhere in the 80-100mW. Some of it depends on your router, some are more prone to overheating, some asus models have additional amplifiers and I've read reports of frying them by using settings which are fine for other routers.

    I can't tell from your post if you are set for b, mixed mode or G only. My routers are set to G only which works for me.

    Further comments I already made in this post.
     
  20. ocseagleforlife#82

    ocseagleforlife#82 LI Guru Member

    would 100w over eat a WRT54G
     
  21. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    I'd advise you if I could but since I've always been conservative with power settings, I really have no direct experience to draw from. When I ran some tests years ago I found my WRT54G v2.0 seemed to get unstable pretty quickly as I cranked up the power. It was in those tests that I arrived at 42mW as my optimal setting and have stuck with it ever since. Later Tomato just happened to default to the same number. Perhaps because 42 is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. I don't doubt that you could increase the power to 100mW and it -might- help your range. What I don't know is if you would need some supplementary cooling such as a fan or heat sink. Perhaps someone else around here can comment.
     
  22. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

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