new install on e3000 unable to see control panel via wifi, but fine on ethernet

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by JustinChase, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. JustinChase

    JustinChase Networkin' Nut Member

    I just flashed the e3000 router with the Toastman build for my router, and it seems fine, and I can see other machines on my network that are connected via ethernet, and can get to the control panel (at as long as I'm connected via ethernet, but when I disconnect the cable, and connect via wifi, I can't bring up the control panel, or see any other wired machines.

    I'm not totally unfamiliar with router setups, but not very experienced with networking in general, and have never used Tomato before this install. I'm sure I'm probably overlooking something basic/stupid, but any help to get me connected via wifi would be much appreciated.

  2. Almaz

    Almaz Networkin' Nut Member

    Your firewall is blocking in Windows.
  3. JustinChase

    JustinChase Networkin' Nut Member

    Before installing Tomato on this router, when it had DD-WRT installed, I could connect fine. I can also connect fine when wired, so I'm not sure it's the firewall.

    I did some more testing, and I'm unable to turn off my firewall, which I find odd.

    however, I've been trying again to connect to the router, and it turns out I can connect, and for about 20 seconds, I can navigate the router settings, but after about 20 seconds or so, i lose the connection to the router. Very strange.

    I did manage to actually connect to my server at, but again, after about 20 seconds or so, I lose the connection. if I connect to another network, then reconnect to this one, I get another 20 seconds or so of access, then it drops me again.

    I have never seen or heard of something like this, so I'm baffled.
  4. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    Did you do full nvram clear reset after installing Tomato?
    Are you sure you installed the right version for the E3000? I have an E3000 as well as an Asus RT-N66U. Easy to pick the wrong version of the firmware.

    On what can't you turn off the firewall? In the router? In Windows? If Windows the firmware on the router should not impact it.
  5. JustinChase

    JustinChase Networkin' Nut Member

    I'm pretty sure I did a full reset after installing, but I'll go do another one in a bit, with a direct wired connection.

    I installed this firmware...


    I might be wrong, but I think that's the right one.

    I saw a message about 10 second reset... but now it's gone.

    Part of my problem is that I don't currently have internet in this house, and am only able to use the neighbor's wifi from one room at the end of the house, but not where I have the router, so I have to disconnect from the internet to connect to my router, which makes everything take longer.

    RE: Firewall - yeah, windows firewall, when I click on it in control panel, nothing happens. It's a fresh install of windows, so I'm not sure why it's not working right. I uninstalled Avast, hoping that was what had 'corrupted' it, but that didn't seem to help.

    Not a good week for computers for me.
  6. Almaz

    Almaz Networkin' Nut Member

    Just a little bit off topic but since you are a novice user to Windows and Routers I would suggest to go back to manufacture firmware E3000 router because you will not benefit by using Tomato. Tomato is an advance firmware with many advance features and since you have no idea what they are for and how to use it then manufacture firmware will benefit you more with basic setup. Just set it and forget it.
  7. JustinChase

    JustinChase Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks, but I'm not a novice user to neither Windows, nor router firmware. I need/want the QOS tweaks provided by this firmware, and have no intention of returning to stock firmware. I have a good idea of what many of the features are for, and enjoy very much learning, so your advice, while I'm sure well intentioned, is not applicable to my situation.

  8. Almaz

    Almaz Networkin' Nut Member

    Is your firewall on or off?
  9. mvsgeek

    mvsgeek LI Guru Member

    Couple of questions/suggestions...

    Which release of Windows are you running? If it's 8, I have no clue:(
    I'd try again after booting in Safe Mode with Networking, that will remove any firewall/antivirus issues from the equation.

    The 20-second lifespan of the wifi connection sounds to me like a memory leak or other resource starvation. Anything in the log file? If you can beat the 20-second cutoff, you could ssh or telnet into the router and issue a top command. Might be enough to provide a clue.

    As suggested by jsmiddleton4, full nvram clear is essential.
  10. Almaz

    Almaz Networkin' Nut Member

    Once you switch to WiFi can you print the output of the following command using Command Prompt

    Start -> type CMD and press Enter

    Type ipconfig and press enter

    copy and paste the output here while you are connected thru wifi
  11. JustinChase

    JustinChase Networkin' Nut Member

    I thought I had done this, but I did a 30/30/30 reset and not I have good access via wireless, so I think this is now resolved. I have some other questions/issues now, but will start a new thread to discuss.

    thanks everyone for all the help!
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