Newbie needs help

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Router_Newbie09, May 16, 2009.

  1. Router_Newbie09

    Router_Newbie09 Addicted to LI Member

    Hi there

    I recently purchased a WRT54GLv1.1 and have been trying to install Tomato Firmware on it hoping to boost the Wireless Signal.

    Is Tomato right for this or should I go for DD-WRT?

    Anyhow, when I extract the Firmware files (WRT54G_WRT54GL.bin is the one I think I need) to my desktop (using either 7-Zip or WinRaR) they show up with the VCL media player icon.

    It seems to still be called a .bin file but seems like it's a VCL media file; Is this a problem or is it normal?

    On my Laptop it doesn't seem to do this but on the desktop it does, Should I uninstall VCL from the desktop or Hook up Laptop to Router and do it that way?

    or is the original problem not a problem at all?

    Sorry about all the Questions, I really am a Newb:confused:

    Thanks in advance
  2. sizzaone

    sizzaone Addicted to LI Member

    It's not a problem at all, it's just that when you installed VLC you told it to associate itself with .bin files. Go ahead and use the file on either PC.
  3. Assman

    Assman Addicted to LI Member

    You see 'VCL media player icon' because your player is set to associate with .bin that's irrelevant in this case as long as you have proper bin.

    No need to uninstall player
  4. Router_Newbie09

    Router_Newbie09 Addicted to LI Member

    Awesome, Thanks for your replies!!

    I just realized I said VCL instead of VLC :redface:
  5. Assman

    Assman Addicted to LI Member

    No problem, enjoy your new WRT with Tomato :thumbup:
  6. Router_Newbie09

    Router_Newbie09 Addicted to LI Member

    Just a quick question:

    If I am installing Tomato Firmware for the first time on the Stock Linksys Firmware,

    will I need to reset the router after after the upgrade or do that "Erase all data in NVRAM" thingy?

    also will I do this before or after the install?

    Thanks again
  7. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    1. Set Linksys router back to defaults.
    2. Flash with Tomato.
    3. Clear NVRAM after flash
    4. Configure router

    You will be golden then.

  8. Router_Newbie09

    Router_Newbie09 Addicted to LI Member

  9. Router_Newbie09

    Router_Newbie09 Addicted to LI Member

    will I need to perform the 30-30-30 hard reset before and after installation?

    Tomato don't seem to have detailed information on how to install the firmware(or maybe I'm just stupid).

    I'm finding this information off the DD-WRT site,

    Is it also valid with a Tomato Firmware?


    p.s does anybody know where I can find step by step instructions on how to do this?
  10. fyellin

    fyellin LI Guru Member

    Clearing the NVRAM is the equivalent of a 30-30-30 hard reset. Save the 30-30-30 for those extremely rare conditions when the router isn't responding at all, and you're desperate to get it into some sort of clean state.

    The best straightforward information seems to be at WikiBooks.

    For some router models, the steps are identical: you just install Tomato instead of DD-WRT at the appropriate place in the instructions. For other router models, developers have discovered that it's safer to install DD-WRT, and then to install Tomato over DD-WRT.
  11. Router_Newbie09

    Router_Newbie09 Addicted to LI Member

    Great I have Tomato up and running!!

    Thanks for all your help.

    now I noticed that my ip address changed; is this normal? (It's not a problem, I'm just curious)

    The purpose of my upgrade to Tomato was to boost my Wireless Signal, the default Transmit Power has been set to 42 (with a range of 1-251mW), I have read somewhere that a suitable level would be 70mW and anything above this can create problems;

    So can anybody recommend a suitable mW level?

    and those who have tweaked this feature; have you noticed any changes?

    Thanks again.:), these forums are really helpful:thumbup:
  12. fyellin

    fyellin LI Guru Member

    Congratulations. Welcome to the club.
    I wouldn't worry about it. If you can see external sites in your browser, then you're fine.
    This has been discussed repeatedly on this forum under many different threads. Try searching for "Tx Power". The general consensus seems that you can go up to 84mw or 100mw without any problems. Try it and see if it improves your signal.
  13. Router_Newbie09

    Router_Newbie09 Addicted to LI Member

    Great Thanks again, Sorry I should have searched the forums first
  14. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    Congrats on the install. Tomato is fantastic. Especially the modded versions. :) As for Tx power it depends. I tested and tested things with the way I have it all setup for me. I ended up using the stock power of 28mW. My connection has been rock solid since. I had some weird stuff happening at 42mW and 70mW. As I said. YMMV. Good luck.
  15. Router_Newbie09

    Router_Newbie09 Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks, I will test Tx power over the next few weeks.

    However would you recommend new antennas over tweaking the Tx power for increased range?

    I currently have the stock antennas that come with the WRT54GL, If anybody could recommend some good for the antennas that would be great!:thumbup:
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