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Loss of Connection & WPA-2 Passcode

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by asquared, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. asquared

    asquared Networkin' Nut Member

    I'm using a WRT45GL with Tomato 1.28. I have two wifi connection problems happening.

    My laptop which has a Intel Pro 3945ABG wireless card occasionally loses connection and the only way to re-connect is to re-boot the laptop.

    My son's ipod Touch (2nd Gen) frequently loses wifi connection and will also lose the WPA-2 passcode at the same time. The passcode needs to be re-entered to establish connection. The same thing has happened with my 3rd Gen iTouch, but less frequently. Both devices have the latest firmware.

    Could these issues be Tomato related? Any ideas how to fix?
     
  2. bogderpirat

    bogderpirat Network Guru Member

    you using the ND blend of the firmware?
     
  3. asquared

    asquared Networkin' Nut Member

    No, I'm using the standard (for most routers) one.
     
  4. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    The ability to "remember & forget" pass phrases resides in the device trying to connect to router, not the router's responsibility. It's a pain, but every once in a while you must upgrade to the latest iOS to resolve WiFi issues. Their latest iOS operating system hasn't given me any issues. But remember to BACKUP EVERYTHING on the iDevice before upgrading... If it's a jailbreak-device, you must be extra careful to backup everything...
     
  5. asquared

    asquared Networkin' Nut Member

    Yeah, I figured that, but since we have been through a couple ios's with the same issue I was kind of fishing to see if there is something the wi-fi could be doing to zap it, especially since I'm having an issue with the notebook as well.
     
  6. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    The WRT54GL is a fairly old device now, relatively speaking... The tx/rx radio may just be worn down... It happens... Most manufacturers noways use components that have fairly accurate lifespan/expiration dates and make it so that it'll not last more than a few years under normal usage in order to stay in business. Replace router w/ another Tomato router to see if it fixes issue.
     
  7. bogderpirat

    bogderpirat Network Guru Member

    also, the WRT54GL needs to have the ND version installed as the driver in that version resolves association issues that are pretty particular to various intel cards.
     
  8. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    The devices you mention are known not to be exactly trouble-free with regard to wifi connections. Similarly, Intel 3945ABG (and indeed, any Intel wifi chipsets) are often also troublesome. Google for information and you'll find you aren't the only person with issues, and it's probably nothing to do with Tomato. Clue - you have to reboot the laptop ...

    If you have no trouble with other devices, that would indicate the router is probably OK.
     
  9. asquared

    asquared Networkin' Nut Member

    I'm a newbie with this stuff, so you'll have to excuse me, but the polarcloud.com site makes the ND version look like a scary proposition for anything but WHR-G125 and WL520GU

     
  10. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  11. asquared

    asquared Networkin' Nut Member

    Are those the same v 1.28 ND releases as on the Polarcloud site?
     
  12. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    No. The Polarcloud site is run by Jon Zarate, the original author of Tomato. Of late, he has been somewhat busy with other things and has not been developing Tomato as in the past. Hence you will find that Tomato, as most of us use it these days, is quite a different beast internally.

    Most of the mod builds are based on TomatoUSB which is maintained by Teddy Bear, who has made awesome changes to a lot of the code, bringing it up to modern-day requirements so that it can continue to be developed. You can read about it in this thread http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showthread.php?t=60185 and this site http://tomatousb.org/forum/c-96325/general

    There are so many changes that it is impossible to list them, but here are the main "visible" ones, some of which are included in the build I suggested:


    Teddy Bear features:
    - Media Server [ext & VPN builds]
    - Web Monitor

    Victek RAF features:
    - CPU Info & Overclock | Previous WAN IP
    - IP/MAC Bandwidth Limiter | ARP Binding (AKA static ARP)
    - Access Concentrator ID | Additional Themes

    Toastman Features:
    - 250 entry Static DHCP | 500 entry Access Restrictions
    - QOS class labels | Toastman QOS rules
    - Fast conntrack timeout | Fast auto refresh
    - Tools-System refresh timer
    - Safe CPU frequency selector
    - Loads upnpconfig.custom from JFFS (vlan UPnP support).

    New - from code posted by Wes Campaigne:
    - QOS / View Details page now has per-connection inbound / outbound traffic counter columns
    - New QOS / View Transfers page with per-connection upload / download rates

    The mods, as you can see, generally add small things that some of us find useful, and usually include small changes to the GUI interface. Going back to original Tomato rather feels like going back to live in caves... but anyway, you can just flash any of them - it's easy - and test them out yourself.
     
  13. asquared

    asquared Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks. I'll give it a shot this weekend when I have time to play with it.
     

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